EdM in Developmental Studies—Human Development & Education

The program is concerned with the application of developmental theory to education, construed in its broadest sense. This specialization emphasizes the foundations of life-span learning and education across interrelated developmental domains (e.g., cognitive, affective, moral, social, etc.).

The promotion of human development and competence is a mission of educators, and the program orientation is pragmatic as well as conceptual. Students develop an understanding of the basic dimensions of human development: a life-span perspective; the convergent impact of constancy and change; life stages; traditional and changing life roles; the impact of gender, culture, race, and socioeconomics; cognitive, psychomotor, and psychosocial development; and the meaning-making processes of ego and self.

While it is expected that students will acquire a general overview of central issues in human development, ample opportunity exists for structuring a program tailored to specific needs and areas of focus. All students learn diverse theories of human development and examine the distinctive issues involved in developmental research. Students are also encouraged to arrange field experiences under faculty supervision that apply developmental theory. In addition, other course offerings at SED and across the campus may enrich or support specialized study.

Human Development & Education includes a wide range of disciplines, and students are expected to develop specialized knowledge in one area while achieving understanding of related disciplines. Specialization may be delineated in one of a number of ways, including by discipline, by population, by setting, by age, or by domain.

Students studying the EdM in Developmental Studies with a specialization in Human Development & Education take courses in a variety of areas.

Total Credits: 32

Core Courses (12 credits)

  • SED CE 705 Lifespan Development (4 cr)
  • SED SE 650 Children at Risk (4 cr)
  • SED RS 600 Introduction to Research (4 cr)

Elective Courses (20 credits)

  • SED EC 605 Child Development and Early Childhood Education (4 cr)
  • SED DS 504 Introduction to Adolescent Development (2 cr)
  • SED PE 506 Perceptual-Motor Development (4 cr)
  • SED LS 750 Cognitive Development and Language (4 cr)
  • SED SE 502 Behavioral and Emotional Problems (4 cr)
  • SED HE 724 Sexuality, Culture and Human Development (4 cr)
  • SED LS 521 Sociolinguistics (4 cr)
  • SED LS 565 or 566 Language Acquisition (4 cr)
  • SED SE 503 Learning Disabilities: Characteristics and Methods (4 cr)
  • SED SE 533 The Families of Children with Special Needs (4 cr)
  • SED AP 599 Addressing the Achievement Gap (4 cr)
  • SED CE 726 Clinical Assessment: Psychological Testing (4 cr)
  • SED CE 735 Issues in School Counseling (4 cr)
  • SED CE 739 Psychology of Vocational Development (4 cr)
  • SED CE 856 Seminar: Counseling Psychology (4 cr)
  • SED DE 572 Psychology and the Deaf (4 cr)
  • SED LR 780 Process of Reading (4 cr)
  • SED LS 725 Discourse, Narrative, and Literacy (4 cr)
  • SED PE 720 Kinesiology (4 cr)
  • SED SE 590 Learning and the Brain (4 cr)
  • SED SE 760 Special Education: Cognition, Learning and Behavior (4 cr)
  • SED PE 529 Psychology of Coaching Teams (4 cr)
  • SED PE 501 Advanced Methods of Coaching (4 cr)
  • SED PE 705 Analysis of Teaching and Coaching Movement (4 cr)
  • SED PE 504 Workshop on Coaching Strategies (4 cr)
  • SED CE 630 Applied Positive Psychology (4 cr)
  • SED CT 524 Values in PE and Sport (4 cr)
  • SED PE 710 Sport Theory and Social Systems (4 cr)
  • SED PE 591 Coaching Practicum (2 cr)
  • SED PE 592 Coaching Practicum (2 cr)