EdM in Applied Human Development

BU Wheelock’s Applied Human Development program introduces physical education, sport, and youth development practitioners to the application of developmental theory to educational practice. Our program prepares students for careers in diverse settings, 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.

As a student in the Applied Human Development program, you’ll develop an understanding of the intersecting dimensions of human development, including a lifespan 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
2. Physical Education, licensure and non-licensure
3. Sports Coaching

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More about the Program Specializations

Positive Youth Development: Prepares students to assume leadership roles and responsibilities in a variety of youth-serving organizations. You’ll be asked to investigate principles related to youth development, including cultural responsiveness, youth engagement and empowerment, and strengths-based developmental approaches.

Physical Education, licensure and non-licensure: Provides an opportunity for students 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.

Our Physical Education specialization welcomes students who would like to earn a master’s degree in order to:

  • Remain in good standing with their current license
  • Complete an educator preparation program to convert a Provisional or Emergency License to an Initial License
  • Complete an educator preparation program to earn an Initial License
  • Continue their professional development in the field of Physical Education

Note: Incoming Physical Education students seeking teaching state licensure are not required to hold an undergraduate degree in Physical Education. However, students seeking licensure must provide documentation of current CPR and First-Aid certification prior to graduation.

Sports Coaching: Designed for individuals who would like to begin a professional career in athletic coaching or further their professional development by expanding and deepening their coaching knowledge. This specialization may be appropriate for you if you wish to move toward a career in coaching education and/or coaching research.

Career Outcomes

The EdM in Applied Human Development can prepare you for careers such as:

  • 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

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

Program Faculty

Detris Adelabu, Clinical Professor

Janine Bempechat, Clinical Professor

Kathleen Corriveau, Professor,

Tina Durand, Clinical Associate Professor

Petra Hesse, Clinical Associate Professor

Diane E. Levin, Clinical Professor

John McCarthy, Clinical Associate Professor, Director, Institute for Athletic Coach Education

Rebecca Shangraw, Senior Lecturer, Program Director for the EdM in Applied Human Development

Jonathan Zaff, Research Professor, Director, CERES Institute for Children & Youth

Contact Info

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

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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