Graduate Programs in Human Development The Warner School’s programs in human development contribute to theory, research, and practice concerning human development and the forces that shape growth over the life course. Our master’s and doctoral programs prepare professionals who will work, teach, and conduct research and contribute to healthy development and humane, growth-producing systems.
Our human development programs are based on a deep interdisciplinary understanding of human development and human potential, as well as a commitment to promoting healthy human development through research, policy, education, and human services. There is a particular focus on social patterns that cause behavior changes as people progress through the life course.
Students acquire a firm grounding in developmental and social theory, action-oriented research, and the nurturing leadership skills. They study human development from early childhood through old age and from philosophical, historical, sociological, and psychological perspectives, with emphasis on integration across these disciplines and a focus on processes of growth and change, rather than on static concepts of individuals. The programs focus on the linkage between development processes and the contexts in which they occur.
Underlying all of our graduate programs and the educating professions of teaching, administration, and counseling is a fundamental understanding of human growth and development. Whether we are working to build healthy families, to improve neighborhoods and communities, to transform sociocultural structures that perpetuate social justice, to create an effective social studies curriculum, or to reform schools through improved leadership and organization, the development of human beings and the ability of individuals to adapt to growth through social change in organizations and communities is an issue of paramount interest and concern at the Warner School.
Master’s Program Individuals who are seeking solutions to human problems in organizations and communities will find Warner’s master’s degrees in human development an exciting place to study. Our graduates pursue positions in health and human service agencies, research projects, case management, and family outreach, and many continue their education in doctoral programs. The program can be completed in one year if studying full-time and is designed with maximum flexibility to allow students to draw widely from the resources of the University in developing their own area of interest and expertise. Students may select a general degree that includes a wide range of coursework or a set of three courses addressing one of the five areas of concentration: Early Childhood, Developmental Differences, Family Studies, Gerontology, or Research. An early admission program option is also available to current University of Rochester undergraduates in the general human development program.
Human Development Ever wonder what truly shapes a person’s growth over the course of a life? Our master’s program in human development will let you explore that question with an interdisciplinary study of:
• How people grow and change from infancy to old age. • The theories and research that help to explain the nature of growth and change. • The insights sociology, anthropology, psychology, and biology provide as we strive to comprehend learning and development through the life course. • The environments within families, schools, and communities that foster healthy human development.
Design a program to meet your interests: a general program in human development or a specialization in early childhood, family studies, developmental differences, gerontology, program evaluation, or research. You can also supplement the program and gain expertise as a program evaluator or analyst working with children with autism spectrum disorders (Board Certified Behavior Analyst). Students use this degree in a wide variety of community and government agencies, as well as a springboard to doctoral work.
Recipient: University of Rochester
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