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Graduate Program (MA)

Masters Programs Concentration of Study

New Technologies and Human Development

The M.A. concentration on New Technologies and Human Development is intended to prepare students to use, design and evaluate new technologies for young people; to participate and direct the implementation of programs aimed at using new technologies to foster children's personal, social, emotional, spiritual, linguistic and intellectual development; and to acquire technical skills and theoretical knowledge that will contribute to their development as researchers and/or practitioners in this emergent field. This interdisciplinary concentration requires students to take courses in different departments such as Child Study and Human Development, Education, Computer Science, Engineering, Psychology, Urban Environmental Planning and Policy and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and to complete an internship and/or thesis in this area. Students will have the possibility of a field experience doing internships in settings where technology is used, designed and evaluated with respects to children and youth. For example, at a local or international computer clubhouse (this might be combined with a study abroad program), at different research institutions and companies developing technologies for children, at schools that have a strong educational technologies component and at hospitals implementing technology programs for children. Students will also have the possibility to do their internships at the DevTech Research Lab, Curriculum Lab at Eliot-Pearson, and at the Center for Educational Engineering Outreach (CEEO) at Tufts University. This concentration takes a psychosocial approach to technology and includes, but is not limited to, the use of technology for teaching and learning. The concentration prepares students to understand and work towards the positive role that technology can play in all aspects of human development. Working with the concentration director, students will choose a plan of study that accommodates their unique needs and unique interdisciplinary backgrounds.

MA Proseminar (1 course for 2 SHUs)

Foundational and Theory requirements (6 SHUs)

  • Contemporary and Critical Perspectives in Child Development, CSHD 211
  • Advanced Intellectual Development, CSHD51, 251 or approved alternate
  • Language Development CSHD155 or approved alternate
  • Advanced Personal and Social development, CSHD161, 261 or approved alternate
  • Adolescent Development, CSHD 168
  • Applied Developmental Science Theory, CSHD248

Core Concentration Course Requirements (6 SHUs)

  • Technological Learning Environments, CSHD145
  • Children and New Technologies, CSHD114

Research methods (3 SHUs)

  • Research Design and Methods, CSHD142
  • Qualitative and Ethnographic Methods, CSHD144
  • Program Evaluation, CSHD247 (typically for students interested in policy, advocacy or program development)
  • Theory and Research in Technology Education, ED 291
  • Theory and Research in Engineering Education, ED 291
  • Educational Research Methods, ED 271
  • Seminar in Research Methods, ED 273

Statistical methods (3 SHUs; required for thesis track only)

  • Statistical methods, CSHD 140 or approved alternate

Computer Science, Engineering and Engineering Psychology courses (3 SHUs)

  • User Interface Software, comp0272
  • Multimedia Programming, comp0020
  • Computer Science Primer, comp0010
  • Human-Computer Interaction, comp0171
  • Computer Supported Collaborative Work and Learning and Social Computing, comp250
  • Multimedia Computing, CMP 2031-01
  • Making Art on the World Wide Web, CMP 2027-01
  • Introduction to Java Programming, CMP 2037 C1
  • Special Topics: Serious Games, COMP 150-SG
  • Learning Technology Design COMP -LTD 150
  • Inventive Design, ME 102
  • Applied Design of Software User Interfaces, ENP 166
  • Engineering Psychology, PSY 53
  • Advanced Engineering Psychology, PSY 130
  • Prototyping Robots, EN10

Electives (6 SHUs)
Students must choose two elective from the course offerings of the Dept. of Child Study & Human Development, the Dept. of Education, the School of Engineering, the Program on Urban Environmental Planning and Policy or the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (Computer Arts area)

Applied or Thesis Track

  • For the thesis track, 5 SHUs consisting thesis (CSHD245 and CSHD246), public defense and attendance at the defenses of 3 other MA students.
  • For applied track, 2 SHUs for applied internship (CSHD232) and 2 SHUs for capstone seminar (CSHD143)


Applied or Thesis Track

  • For the thesis track, 5 SHUs consisting thesis (CSHD 245 and CSHD 246), public defense and attendance at the defenses of 3 other MA students.
  • For applied track, 6 SHUs for Graduate Internship Seminar, 2nd Year, 1st and 2nd semesters (biweekly)