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School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences - The University of Texas at Dallas

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND EARLY CHILDHOOD DISORDERS MS

 

Child StudyThe master of science program in human development and early childhood disorders offers a professional program of study.


The program is designed for students who want to work with infants, young children and their families in early childhood intervention programs and other professional settings, including schools, hospitals and medical clinics. Classroom training is combined with practical experience in a variety of clinical and educational settings.


The program offers a strong foundation in the normative path of physical, cognitive and social development with specialized training in diagnostic and intervention techniques for early childhood disorders, and developmental guidance for parents.

 

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Degree Program

 

The master of science in human development and early childhood disorders requires a minimum of 48 semester hours: 24 hours of core courses, 15 hours of approved elective courses, three hours of a practicum and six credit hours of an internship in applied settings designed to prepare students to work with children and their families.

  
The graduate catalog provides an overview of course descriptions.

 

Students are advised that participation in an off-campus practicum and internship requires a criminal background check. Students excluded from off-campus sites for any reason may be unable to complete all degree requirements.

 

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Career Paths

 

imageThe program is designed for students who are interested in a career serving the families of young children who show developmental delays and disorders. It will be of special interest to students who wish to work in early childhood intervention programs and other professional settings, including schools, hospitals, and medical/therapy clinics.


Students graduating from the program qualify to work as early intervention specialists and developmental specialists in various community programs.

 

 

 

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Admissions

 

The human development and early childhood disorders program is designed for students with backgrounds in psychology, special education, physical therapy, early childhood education and communication disorders, but students from other disciplines are also encouraged to apply.


Admission to the human development and early childhood disorders program is based on a review of the applicant’s GPA, GRE scores, letters of recommendation and narrative description of interests and career goals.


In general, a combined verbal and quantitative score on the GRE of at least 1000 is advisable.


Admission to the psychological sciences program is based on a review of the applicant’s GPA, letters of recommendation and narrative description of interests and career goals.

 

To submit an application:

 

 

The UT Dallas graduate admissions page will help guide you through the process. You can check your status using the University’s Orion program. If you’ve been accepted into the program, please read the University’s steps after admission page.

 

Human Development and Early Childhood Disorders Master's Degree Program

ATTN Melanie Davis

School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

The University of Texas at Dallas

800 W. Campbell Rd, GR41

Richardson, TX 75080

 

Questions about the admissions process should be directed to email early.childhood.disorders@utdallas.edu.

 

Undergraduate students who are interested in obtaining an MS in human development and early childhood disorders should learn more about the UT Dallas fast-track program, which enables undergraduate students to take up to 15 hours of graduate courses that will count towards both UT Dallas bachelors and graduate degrees.

 

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Program Contacts

 
Child StudyProgram Head

Margaret Owen, Ph.D.

Office: GR 4.826

Phone: 972-883-6876

email mowen@utdallas.edu

 

Program Assistant, BBS Graduate Studies Office

Melanie Davis

Office: GR 4.824

Phone: 972-883-2588

email mkd081000@utdallas.edu

 

Program Mailing Address
Human Development and Early Childhood Disorders Master's Degree Program

ATTN Melanie Davis

School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

The University of Texas at Dallas

800 W. Campbell Rd, GR41

Richardson, TX 75080

 

Phone: 972-883-2588

email early.childhood.disorders@utdallas.edu

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Program Faculty

 

The core faculty in the Human Development and Early Childhood Disorders MS program specializes in developmental psychology and cognitive psychology.

 

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Program Resources

 

Documents

HDECD Degree Plan

 

Websites

Admission and Enrollment Services

Office of Graduate Studies

 

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