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
- The influence of gender, culture, race, disability, and socioeconomic status
Students in the EdM in Applied Human Development program can choose from one of three areas of specialization. Each area provides both broad instruction in human development and specific course content. You will be able to choose from these specializations:
1. Positive Youth Development
2. Physical Education, licensure and non-licensure
3. Sports Coaching
Read more below about our program specializations.
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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.
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
- Visit the BU Bulletin for more information on this program’s academic requirements.
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
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