Child Development

Earn your MS in Child Development in 12-18 months for less than $15,000. Designed for working professionals, this program is offered up to 100% online. Enjoy a quicker pace with seven-week courses.

Program Features

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  • Degree completion in as little as 12 months, or 31 credit hours*
  • Up to 100% online
  • Face-to-face course options in Denton
  • Seven-week courses 
  • Thesis or Professional Option
  • Knowledgeable and supportive faculty with expertise in child development, child life and developmental psychology

*Individual requirements may vary

Course Requirements

Program Information

The master’s degree in child development covers child growth and development from infancy through adolescence, including cognitive, social, emotional and physical development. Students explore major theories and empirical research on child development and how it applies to work with children and families.

Gain marketable skills:

  • Practical application of child development knowledge in work with children and families
  • Ability to critically consume research literature
  • Ability to apply research evidence to professional practice
  • Developmental assessment skills
  • Written communication skills
  • Critical thinking skills

Courses offered by semester

Program Faculty

Career Opportunities

  • Child care administration
  • Child and family advocacy
  • Early childhood intervention
  • Community outreach
  • Parent education

Admission Requirements

Admission to the M.S. in Child Development

Program Contact

Melissa McInnis Brown, Ph.D.

Application Deadlines

No deadline - Rolling admissions

Admission Requirements

  1. Completed bachelor's degree in a relevant field from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting agency, or an equivalent degree from a foreign college or university
  2. Minimum 3.0 GPA for the last 60 semester credit hours of coursework.

How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
  2. Submit the following documents to 
    • Curriculum Vita/Resume highlighting relevant education, experience, and employment.
    • A letter of recommendation from a relevant, professional source, written on company letterhead (please ask the person writing the letter to include your full name and program you're applying for and have them send the letter directly to the HDFSC department)
    • Letter of Intent/Essay (500 words) that meets the following expectations:
      • Clearly state the reasons for pursuing a master's degree in Child Development
      • State your professional and educational experiences and goals
      • Be sure that your goals align with program outcomes
      • Indicate why you would be a good fit for this program
      • Indicate how you plan to use the degree after graduating
      • Identify which topics in child development you are particularly interested in
      • Identify a faculty member you would like to work with and why
      • Use professional, formal language and tone
      • Use correct grammar, spelling, and syntax


Interested in a PhD? 

Learn more about the PhD in Child Development & Early Education.

For more information

Melissa McInnis Brown, PhD
Associate Professor

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