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San Diego State University

Department of Child & Family Development

Master of Science Degree in Child Development 

The focus of the program is on social and emotional development and on child development in context (e.g. early childhood education programs, schools, families, communities). This program can help students move onto Ph.D. programs in related areas, and to further their professional expertise and credentials in areas related to children and families. Areas of emphasis in the program include: early childhood development, prevention, intervention, family processes, risk and resilience, development across the lifespan, parent-child intergenerational relationships, enhancing school readiness and preparing teachers to work with families, socio-emotional and behavior support in educational settings and homes, influences of language and culture, and atypical development.

Programs of Study

There are two options for the capstone of the Child Development degree: conducting a thesis of project
(Plan A) or completing a applied comprehensive exam (Plan B).

Plan A Thesis or Project track Requirements (30-32 credits):

  • Core sequence of courses: Child and Family Development 624 or 634, 660, 670B, 790, and Education 690 must be completed.
  • Electives: 12 units of 500, 600, and 700-level courses in either Child and Family Development or in a related field with approval of the M.S. program graduate adviser. Note that the following certificate courses can count as electives: CFD 670A, CFD 671, CFD 580, and SPED 676.
  • Capstone: Child and Family Development 799A Thesis and successful Completion of a final M.S. thesis or project)


Plan B Comprehensive Exam track Requirements (30-32 credits):

  • Core sequence of courses: Child and Family Development 624 or 634, 660, 670A, 670B, 671,
    Education 690, and SPED 676 must be completed.
  • Additional required courses: 6 units of 500, 600, and 700-level courses in either Child and Family Development or in a related field with approval of the M.S. program graduate adviser.
  • Capstone: Successful completion (passing) of the comprehensive exam (CFD 799C). Enrolling in CFD 798 (comprehensive exam study group) is recommended to help students prepare for this
    exam.

Download the Master's Program Flyer

Interested in applying?

Visit our Admissions page for more information. 

Want more information?

For more information about graduate studies in the Department of Child and Family Development, review the SDSU Graduate Bulletin.

Note: Students who have completed the EC-TEaMH Certificate will have earned 12 units towards the Master of Science degree that can count as the electives needed for plan A or the part of the additional required courses for Plan B.

Graduated MS Students

Click here for a list of our graduated master's students, including their thesis/project titles.  

Paying For Your Education

Graduate students may be eligible for Federal Financial Aid. To apply for financial aid visit the FAFSA Website.

Students may also apply for scholarships offered through San Diego State University and private organizations. Information about Financial Aid at SDSU can be found at the SDSU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Please see the Federal Financial Aid Disclosure document for required reporting and documentation. 

Questions?

For more information about our graduate programs or if you have questions about the application process, contact:

grad-cfd@sdsu.edu
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