EdM in Applied Human Development

The EdM in Applied Human Development program at Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development introduces physical education, sport, and youth development practitioners to the application of developmental theory to educational practice.

As a student in the EdM in Applied Human Development program, you’ll develop an understanding of the intersecting dimensions of human development, including a life-span perspective; the convergent impact of constancy and change; traditional and changing life roles; and the influence of gender, culture, race, disability, and socioeconomic status. You’ll choose from one of three areas of specialization:

  1.  Positive Youth Development: Prepares you to assume leadership roles and responsibilities in a variety of youth-serving organizations. You’ll study youth development, cultural responsiveness, youth engagement and empowerment, and strengths-based developmental approaches.
  2. Physical Education, licensure and non-licensure: Provides an opportunity to explore youth health and wellness, as well as physical activity and sport from a developmental perspective. You’ll be prepared to become a competent, credible, and reflective teacher and to assume leadership roles in your educational community. There is an opportunity for Massachusetts teaching licensure inside this specialization.
  3. Sports Coaching: For individuals who would like to begin a professional career in athletic coaching or further their professional development. Appropriate for students who wish to move toward a career in coaching education or coaching research.

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Applied Human Development Career Outcomes

The master’s degree in Applied Human Development program prepares students for careers in physical education, coaching, and positive development in diverse settings. It emphasizes the foundations of learning and education across developmental domains (e.g., cognitive, affective, moral, physical, social, etc.), and considers issues of cultural and social diversity. Students will be prepared for a variety of careers, including:

    • Social-emotional learning specialist
    • Research coordinator
    • Program development
    • Youth development specialist
    • Director of youth-serving organizations
    • Physical education teacher
    • Community health advocate
    • Athletic coach


    Program Requirements for the EdM in Applied Human Development

    • Visit the BU Bulletin for more information on this program’s academic requirements.

    Applied Human Development Faculty

    Faculty connected to the Master’s in Applied Human Development share their decades of expertise and real-world wisdom with our applied human development students. They are experts in positive youth development, coaching, and physical education.

    Next Steps in Earning a Master’s Degree in Applied Human Development

    Learn more about BU Wheelock’s graduate program in Applied Human Development, with specializations in physical education, coaching, and positive youth development.

    Contact Info

    For more information about this program and requirements for admission, please contact Program Director Dr. Rebecca Shangraw at reb928@bu.edu.

    Licensing Disclosure

    BU Wheelock Educator Preparation Programs Licensing Disclosure provides information about BU Wheelock state approved programs and how the educational requirements compare with those in other states. Education students in licensure programs should review this resource and contact edlic@bu.edu with questions.

    Background Checks

    Students who are admitted into BU Wheelock routinely participate in field experiences as a part of their respective program curriculum and requirements. Most field sites require criminal background checks to determine students’ eligibility for participation. History of a criminal background may disqualify students from participating in these required experiences, which in turn may impede the successful completion of one’s degree program.