Concentrations of Study

Eliot-Pearson offers undergraduate students majoring in CSHD, several opportunities to prepare for a professional specialty. The program offers concentrations of study for students who wish to focus on one of these areas within child, youth, and/or family development; these are listed below with specific courses that apply to those concentrations. Alternatively, a student may wish to develop an individualized plan of study (IPS), which is constructed together with the academic advisor.

The concentrations offered are as follows:

Child and Family Health/Well-Being

The concentration in Child and Family Health/Well-Being focuses on the health and well-being of children and adolescents in a variety of settings including schools, families, clinics, hospitals, and early intervention centers. The concentration provides training in understanding clinical issues of health and well-being from a developmental and systems-based perspective (e.g., family, community, and culture). This concentration is designed for those students who are interested in careers in health and health-allied fields such as pediatric medicine, speech-language pathology, early intervention, and pediatric psychology.

Concentration Courses

  • CSHD 90: The Exceptional Child
  • CSHD 100: Child and Family Health Seminar and Fieldwork
  • CSHD 120: Assessment of Children
  • CSHD 139: Neighborhood Context of Child/Family Well-Being
  • CSHD 149: Evidence-Based Interventions
  • CSHD 156: Developmental Neuroscience and Disorders of Development
  • CSHD 168: Adolescence and the Transition to Adulthood
  • CSHD 174: Designing Educational and Therapeutic Environments
  • CSHD 190: Children with Special Needs
  • CSHD 191: Developmental Psychopathology and Adaptation
  • CSHD 192: Approaches to ‘Problem Behaviors’
  • CSHD 193: Pediatric Psychology
  • CSHD 195: Developmental Disorders in Language and Reading
  • CSHD 197: Learning Disorders

21st Century Literacies: Media & Technology

The interdisciplinary concentration in 21st Century Literacies: Media & Technology prepares students to use, design and critically evaluate new media and technologies for young people; to participate and direct the implementation of programs aimed at using these to foster children's development; and to acquire technical skills and theoretical knowledge that will contribute to their development as researchers and/or practitioners in this emergent field. Students will have the possibility of field experiences doing internships in settings where technology and media is used in the Boston area, as well as in different research labs at Tufts and at the Center for Educational Engineering Outreach (CEEO). This concentration takes a psychosocial approach to technology and media and includes, but is not limited to, the creative use of technology for teaching and learning. The concentration prepares students to understand and work towards the positive role that technology and media can play as a literacy of the 21st century in all aspects of human development. Working with an advisor, students will choose a plan of study that accommodates their unique needs and interdisciplinary backgrounds.

Concentration Courses

  • CSHD 114: Children and New Technologies
  • CSHD 145: Technological Tools for Thinking
  • CSHD 154: Development of Literacy
  • CSHD 159: Understanding Child Development through Film
  • CSHD 167: Children and the Mass Media
  • CSHD 169: Creating Children's Media
  • CSHD 176: Children's Literature
  • CSHD 143-10: Children's Television Project

Individualized Plan of Study (IPS)

The Department of Child Study and Human Development offers undergraduate majors the opportunity to design an Individualized Plan of Study (IPS).

Guidelines and Requirements
The IPS allows CSHD majors the flexibility to follow their individual interests in the field of child study and human development. An IPS is created in consultation with a student's major advisor and must receive signed approval from student's major advisor. The courses in a student's IPS should be a thematically coherent set of courses and should be accompanied by an IPS form, which requires a brief rationale for the student's course choices, including their applied or research experiences.

Individualized Plan of Study Form
The courses in a student's IPS should be a thematically coherent set of courses and should be accompanied by an IPS form, which requires a brief rationale for the student's course choices, including their applied or research experiences.

Please submit this form as an electronic attachment to Janet Wysocki (, upon declaration of your major in child study and human development, and after consultation with your major advisor.