MA Program in Child Development
The International MA Program in Child Development at the University of Haifa’s Faculty of Social Sciences and the Center for the Study of Child Development seeks to increase the quality, quantity and professional knowledge and training of child care professionals who treat children who are growing up in destructive environments. Thanks to the expertise, experience and interest in child development accumulated at the center, the developmental program is uniquely positioned to help bridge the science-practice gap at the international level and make an impact on the lives of children at risk in developing countries.
Taught in English over three semesters from October to September, the program is designed to prepare the next generation of international experts who will focus on pressing questions regarding the nature of child development and how it applies to the lives of children and their families in developing countries. This unique program equips professionals with the knowledge and the skills that are required to affect and influence the well-being of children and their families.
Students from developing countries will be provided scholarships to cover tuition and living expenses.
The Academic Program
The MA program in Child Development seeks to provide the scientific and professional skills to transform knowledge from basic human development research to various applied topics such as child care, nutrition, infant and young child morbidity and mortality, academic motivation in schools, orphanages and children raised in institutions, foster care, adoption, political violence and child soldiers, and effective parenting. The program also trains professionals to lead programs designed to enhance the well-being of children and their families in developing countries, with a focus on prevention and intervention. Furthermore, the program serves as catalysts for improving the status of child development programs in developing countries in order to raise awareness and encourage new generations of child development experts.
The University of Haifa is an accredited university under the auspices of Israel's Ministry of Education and the Israeli Council for Higher Education and in accordance with the standards and criteria of North American and European universities.