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Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development

M.A. Student Competencies

Our M.A. program is committed to training our students to be scholars and practitioners who want to make a difference in the lives of children and adolescents from diverse backgrounds, families, and community contexts. Although we are concerned about the many challenges faced by children and families today, we identify strengths and promote positive attributes of children and teens so that they can thrive in the rapidly changing local, national, and global contexts of the 21st century. Students in the M.A. program develop the following competencies.

  • Students will have knowledge of the major theoretical perspectives and knowledge base in the core domains of human development; as well as knowledge of the complexities of diverse realities and pathways towards healthy development.
  • Students will have knowledge of how research is conducted in the field of applied child development.
  • Students will be informed consumers of scholarship in the field of human development; i.e. will have experience in the process of reviewing, critically evaluating empirical research, policy reports, and synthesizing extant literature on a topic.
  • Students will demonstrate ability to assume the role of a professional (e.g. as a scholar or practitioner) in the field.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of research, practice, integration in the context of prevention, intervention, and policies for children and families.
  • Students will actively engage in either research or applied work that promotes health and an asset-based approach to development among children and families.
  • Students will demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity in their professional roles as well as members of the community within and outside Tufts.

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