Masters - Education: Child Development

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Are you an educator interested in learning more about how children develop cognitively and socially with the intention of using this knowledge to enhance or advance your career? If so, then you might consider studying in Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in Child Development program. Read more about this master's degree program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Ashford University's online Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in Child Development program is designed to provide you with the opportunity to study child learning and cognitive growth processes as well as early childhood education strategies. Topics studied in specialization courses could include developmental stages in language acquisition, social development, and physical growth. Courses could also address assessment and intervention methods, cultural diversity, and early education program design. The core curriculum is designed to provide discussion in educational technology, learning theories, instructional methods, and change management. The capstone course allows you to more fully explore a specific topic in child development as you will be required to complete an extensive research project in this area.

How Can I Prepare?

You should have already earned a bachelor's degree and might be a licensed teacher before enrolling in Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in Child Development program. An academic background in psychology or early childhood education could be helpful. Some programs may have more specific requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in Child Development program consists of a core curriculum and specialization coursework. You must complete 24 credits in core coursework and 12 credits in the area of specialization to successfully complete this program.

Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in Child Development Course Requirements

Course NumberCourse Title
Major Course Requirements
EDU 650Teaching, Learning, and Leading in the 21st Century
EDU 692Creativity, Culture, and Global Contexts in Education Decision Making
EDU 620Meeting Individual Students Needs with Technology
EDU 671Fundamentals of Educational Research
EDU 673Instructional Strategies for Differentiated Teaching and Learning
EDU 675Change Leadership for the Differentiated Educational Environment
EDU 695Master of Arts in Education Capstone
Child Development Specialization Courses
EDU 630Language, Physical, and Social Development in Young Children
EDU 653Cognitive Development of Infants and Young Children
EDU 654Assessment and Intervention in Early Childhood
EDU 605Children and Families in a Diverse Society

Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.

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Certification and Licensure Terms and Conditions.

If you want to become a classroom teacher, contact your state's education authorities prior to enrolling at Ashford to determine what state-specific requirements you must complete before obtaining your teacher's license. Ashford graduates will be subject to additional requirements on a state-by-state basis that will include one or more of the following: student teaching or practicum experience, additional coursework, additional testing, or, if the state requires a specific type of degree to seek alternative certification, earning an additional degree. None of Ashford's online education programs are CAEP*, TEAC or NCATE accredited, which is a requirement for certification in some states. Other factors, such as a student's criminal history, may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure or employment in this field of study.

*The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is the resulting entity from the merger of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Please visit ashford.edu for terms and conditions and additional disclosure information related to each education degree program. Alabama, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, and Washington residents: please see specific state disclosure information.

What Can I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in Child Development program, you could be prepared to apply the concepts and techniques you might have learned to your current position or seek opportunities in a new academic setting. You might find most opportunities offered in early childhood environments, such as daycare centers, preschools, kindergarten programs, community centers, or child development centers. Some positions might require licensing or certification.

Positions you could pursue include but are not limited to:

  • Program Director
  • Dean of Students
  • School Board Member
  • Educational Consultant
  • Education Policy Analyst