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Graduate Program (MA)

Master's Programs: Applied Track

Eliot-Pearson's location in the Boston area provides a wide variety of applied opportunities in teaching hospitals, clinics, therapeutic centers, schools, after-school programs, juvenile justice facilities, the Massachusetts state government, children's media, and hundreds of agencies and organizations serving children and families. Our faculty are extremely well connected with agencies in and around Boston, and offer students help obtaining internships. All students, whether in the applied or thesis program, have the opportunity to work in multiple settings for credit or just for experience. Moreover, students are not left "out there in the field;" rather their work is guided by faculty mentors who meet with them regularly to oversee their applied work and guide their thinking and writing so that they are able to make the theory-research-application links that Eliot-Pearson so highly values.

10 Course credits as follows:

Master's Pro-Seminar, CD:
.5 credit, mandatory, 1st semester

Theory / Foundational Courses: 2 credits

  • Advanced Intellectual Development: CD 151, 251 or approved alternate
  • Advanced Personal & Social Development: CD 161, 261 or approved alternate
  • Language Development: CD 155 or approved alternate
  • Contemporary Perspectives in Child Development: CD 211
  • Applied Developmental Science: CD 248

Research methods: 1 credit

  • Research Design and Methods, CD 142
  • Qualitative and Ethnographic Methods, CD 144
  • Program Evaluation, CD 247 (for students doing a capstone internship in policy or advocacy)

Courses that prepare for the applied internship: 2 credits
Two courses that directly prepare the student to take on the intensive capstone internship (e.g., a course in infant development and a course in language development for an internship working with toddlers with delayed language).

Electives: 3 credits
Three courses chosen by the student to either complete a concentration or to develop an area of expertise.

Capstone internship: 1 credit
At least 210 hours in an applied setting doing master's level work. Students meet with internship advisor regularly and produce a capstone paper.  Download Masters Applied Handbook >

Graduate Internship Seminar:
0.5 credit, 2nd year, 2nd semester

Note: All students will present their capstone internship work at Student Presentation Day, in either poster or presentation format.