School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND EARLY CHILDHOOD DISORDERS MS FAQ

Does the Master’s Degree Program Provide Scholarships or Financial Aid?

There are limited resources for supporting incoming master’s students. Students can apply for need-based financial assistance, including loans, grants, and work-study positions, through the University’s Office of Financial Aid. Students offered work-study as part of their financial aid package may find opportunities for employment at the University, including some clerical and research positions. Competitive scholarships also are available which, when awarded to non-resident students, allow them to pay resident tuition. There is no separate application required for these. Other hourly positions are periodically available through faculty research grants and as needed to provide teaching assistance in two of the program’s courses and other program activities.

Can I Visit the Master’s Degree Program?

The program welcomes visitors before or after admission. We do not have a specified visitor’s day, but are always happy to answer your questions and visit with you about the program. It always is best to email the program to schedule a time to visit. You also may want to schedule a campus tour of the UT Dallas campus in Richardson.

What are the GPA and GRE Requirements for Admission?

Although there is no specific GPA or GRE cutoff for admission, we recommend a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a GRE of 300 or higher.

How Many Students do you Accept Each Semester?

The program is small, which allows for plenty of individual attention and directed training. We typically enroll 12-18 students who start in the fall semester. Classes are small, ranging from six to 30 students.

What are the Requirements for Students Coming from Out-of-Field?

We welcome students whose undergraduate degrees are in fields other than child development, early childhood education, or psychology. Successful students have come from a variety of fields, including sociology, social work, nursing, and public health. The variety of backgrounds and experiences enriches the educational experience for everyone. We do not specify any prerequisite coursework, but recommendations may be made for some additional coursework in some cases. These courses may be taken at UT Dallas or elsewhere.

What are the Outcomes for Master’s Degree Graduates?

Master’s degree graduates enjoy a variety of positions and careers, including careers in early childhood intervention programs, both as early intervention specialists and as supervisors, trainers, and directors in such programs. There also are career roles available in positions as developmental specialists and child life.

How Big is the Master’s Degree Program?

The UT Dallas master’s degree program in human development and early childhood disorders is a relatively small program, with approximately 35 students enrolled in the program each year, most of whom are full-time students. Courses typically contain 8-18 students, but some that are taken by both master’s and psychological sciences doctoral students may have 30 students in class. Weekly reflective supervision is an important learning and growth-promoting experience for all students during the semesters they are completing their practicum and internship clinical placements, which are requirements of the program. These group supervision meetings contain no more than 10 students and provide the opportunity for individual attention and personal guidance in students’ career preparation.

How Do I Make the Most Out of My Experience in the Program?

This degree introduces and opens pathways to many types of positions working with young children with special needs and their families. Students will gain the knowledge and skills of a developmental specialist who can assess and work with the developmental concerns and strengths of the whole child, as well as attain skills for working with the families. Taking advantage of all the experiences the program has to offer, both formally and informally, as well as the many opportunities for placements, can lead to job offers after graduation. Opportunities can occur in a variety of community service agencies and schools working with young children with special needs and their families.