School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Master of Science Program in Human Development and Early Childhood Disorders Program
Professors: Bert S. Moore, Margaret Tresch Owen, John W. Santrock, Melanie J. Spence, Robert D. Stillman, Marion K. Underwood
Associate Professors: Shayla C. Holub, Mandy J. Maguire, Candice M. Mills, Pamela R. Rollins
Assistant Professors: Jackie Nelson, Noah J. Sasson
Clinical Faculty: Cherryl L. Bryant
Senior Lecturer: Jacoba (Toosje) VanBeveren
The Master of Science program in Human Development and Early Childhood Disorders is designed for students with professional interests in early child development and disorders. The curriculum offers a strong foundation in the normative path of physical, cognitive, and social development with specialized training in diagnostic and intervention techniques needed to work with developmental disorders of early childhood. The program is designed for students interested in a career in the delivery of services to young children who show developmental delays and disorders and teaches students to work as part of a multi- or transdisciplinary team. It provides training to work with infants and young children and their families in early childhood intervention programs, child life programs in hospitals, preschools, and medical/therapy clinics. Classroom training is combined with practical experience in a variety of clinical and educational settings, both on campus and in the community. Students graduating from the program qualify to work as Early Intervention Specialists and Developmental Specialists. Coursework also satisfies most of the competencies toward Child Life certification. Graduates with one additional year of work experience typically qualify for Level 2 Infant Mental Health Endorsement by the Texas Association for Infant Mental Health.
The principal sites for the academic activities of the Human Development and Early Childhood Disorders program are located at UT Dallas and the Callier Center for Communication Disorders on the main campus in Richardson and on the campus of the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Facilities include research and observational laboratories, including settings dedicated to infant and child assessment. The Callier Center on both the main campus in Richardson and the medical center campus offer a number of educational and clinical programs serving young children, including the Preschool Language Development Program held at Callier-Richardson. Various community programs and settings throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex provide essential educational and clinical environments for training in Human Development and Early Childhood Disorders. Practicum and Internship placements both on campus and in the community provide supervised on-site and community based fieldwork experiences with young children with special needs and their families.
The Human Development and Early Childhood Disorders program is designed for students with backgrounds in psychology, special education, early childhood education, social work, and communication disorders. Students from other disciplines are also encouraged to apply. Those from other fields are generally not required to take leveling courses.
Admission to the Human Development and Early Childhood Disorders program is based on a review of the applicant's GPA, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and narrative description of interests, relevant experiences, and career goals.
The University's general degree requirements are discussed on the Graduate Policies and Procedures page (catalog.utdallas.edu/2013/graduate/policies/policy).
The plan of study includes a set of required foundational courses, elective course options, and supervised practical experience in applied settings designed to prepare students to work with children and their families.
Students are advised that participation in off-campus practicum and internship requires a criminal background check. Students excluded from off-campus sites for any reason may be unable to complete all degree requirements.
Master of Science in Human Development and Early Childhood Disorders
45 semester credit hours minimum
The Master of Science program requires a minimum of 45 semester credit hours. Specific degree requirements follow.
Required Major Core Courses: 24 semester credit hours
Practicum: 3 semester credit hours
Internship: 6 semester credit hours
Electives: 12 semester credit hours