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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 support them in making the theory-research-application links that Eliot-Pearson so highly values.

30 SHU's as follows:

Master's Pro-Seminar, CSHD:
2 SHU's, mandatory, 1st semester

  • CSHD 202

Theory / Foundational Courses: 6 SHU's

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

Research methods: 3 SHU's

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

Courses that prepare for the applied internship: 6 SHU's
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).

9 SHU's
Three courses chosen by the student to either complete a concentration or to develop an area of expertise.

Capstone internship:
2 SHU min; 3 SHU max
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:
2 SHU's, 2nd year, 2nd semester


Graduate Internship Seminar: 6 SHU's, 2nd year, 1st and 2nd semesters (bi-weekly)
At least 210 hours in an applied setting doing master's level work. Students meet with Instructor/internship advisor regularly and produce a capstone paper.

  • Second Year, First (Fall) Semester: 3 SHU's
  • Second Year, Second (Spring) Semester: 3 SHU's

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