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Graduate Program (MA)

Masters Programs Concentration of Study

Arts and Child Development

The graduate concentration in Arts and Child Development has been developed to include opportunities for students to develop an understanding of the theory and research related to arts and children's development as well as to learn the skills necessary for engaging children in the arts. Opportunities include research and applied work in field settings related to the arts. This concentration is not intended to be a "licensure" program for art, music or drama teachers in the schools, but instead focuses on the important contribution of the expressive arts to the development of children and youth in a variety of contexts and settings, including schools, after-school programs, museums, arts centers, community arts programs, media studios, and private studios. The M.A. concentration in the Arts and Child Development prepares students for careers working with children and youth in applied and research settings focused on forms of creative expression such as visual art, music, drama, movement and dance. Courses include the study of the expressive arts and creativity and include opportunities for research and practice in studying and promoting children's development through the arts. A practicum in arts-related settings such as visual arts programs, schools, museums, or curriculum development centers designed to offer and develop programs in the arts for children is an important part of the program.

MA Proseminar (1 course for 0.5)

Foundational and Theory requirements (2 courses)

  • Contemporary and Critical Perspectives in Child Development ,CD 211
  • Advanced Intellectual Development, CD51, 251 or approved alternate
  • Language Development CD155 or approved alternate
  • Advanced Personal and Social development, CD161, 261 or approved alternate
  • Applied Developmental Science Theory, CD248

Research methods (1 course)

  • Research Design and Methods, CD142
  • Qualitative and Ethnographic Methods, CD144
  • Program Evaluation, CD247 (typically for students interested in policy, advocacy or program development)

Statistical methods (1 course; required for thesis track only)

  • Statistical methods, CD 140 or approved alternate

Core Concentration requirements (1 course)

  • Seminar on the Arts and Child Development, CD 243

Electives (3 courses if on thesis track; 4 courses if on applied track)

  • Psychological Study of Creativity, CD 158
  • Storytelling and Story Theater CD 143/DR193
  • Arts, Resilience and Social Justice CD 143/ PJS 150
  • Research Seminar: Music and Youth Development CD 143
  • Psychological Study of Creativity CD 158
  • Children's Play and the Developing Imagination CD 166
  • Children and the Mass Media CD 167
  • Children's Musical Development and Learning CD 175/MU 175
  • Children's Literature CD 176
  • Creative Movement and Body Language CD 178
  • Child Art CD 179
  • Teaching Through Drama and Improvisation CD/DR/ED187
  • Community Field Placement (arts-related) CD 199
  • Directed Research (in the arts and child development) CD 240/241

Required Studio
Two semesters of private or group lessons in one of the arts areas, e.g., instruction in voice or instrument, visual arts studio classes, movement and dance, creative writing, acting or directing. The studio experience may be taken for one-half credit for each semester, but course credit is not required. Students may continue their development in an area in which they have already achieved expertise or may select a new area for development. Students may enroll in up to one course credit of a Tufts or Consortium studio course as an 11th course for the M.A. degree without additional tuition cost.

Applied or Thesis Track

  • For the thesis track, 1.5 credits consisting thesis (CD245 and CD246), public defense and attendance at the defenses of 3 other MA students.
  • For applied track, 1 credit for applied internship (CD232) and 0.5 for capstone seminar (CD143)