THE INTERNATIONAL MA PROGRAM IN
CHILD DEVELOPMENT FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
The International Master’s Program in Child Development was established with the goal of improving the lives of children at risk in developing countries around the world by training and promoting professional leadership that will dvance various agendas to achieve this objective. The program is offered through the Herta and Paul Amir Faculty of Social Sciences in conjunction with the Center for the Study of Child Development and the University of Haifa International School. Taught in English, the full-time, one-year program is designed to train 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 skills that are necessary to influence the well-being of children and their families. The program takes place from October until July. All coursework for the program should be completed during the first two semesters, while the third semester is dedicated to the supervised independent project. Students are expected to complete this project by the end of July.
Under special considerations, highly motivated and research oriented students may qualify to write a thesis. Students wishing to pursue the thesis track need to submit a research thesis within one year of completing their coursework, which may require remaining at the university for additional time after the program. A thesis is required for those students planning to continue on to doctoral studies in Israel. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a Master of Arts in Child Development from the Herta and Paul Amir Faculty of Social Sciences.
- To provide 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.
- To train 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, in order to promote family functioning as well as social and community networks and support.
- To serve as a catalyst for improving the status of child development programs in developing countries in order to raise awareness and encourage new generations of child development experts.
Program Structure and Scope
The program consists of 40 credits and includes core courses, as well as concentration-specific courses and workshops to enhance the students’ knowledge of child development from an international perspective.
Program Supports the UN Millennium Development Goals
In September 2000, building upon a decade of major United Nations conferences and summits, world leaders came together at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to adopt the United Nations Millennium Declaration. Its aim is to commit all nations to a new global partnership to reduce extreme poverty and to set out a series of time-bound targets that have become known as the ‘Millennium Development Goals.’
Tuition and Financial Aid
Please see program website for current tuition and fees. There are numerous sources of financial aid available to students who choose to study at the University of Haifa. For a list of scholarship options please see the program website. A number of scholarships are available to applicants from developing countries to cover, housing, medical insurance, living expenses, and a full or partial tuition waiver.
Application forms can be found on the program website or by contacting the International School directly. Applications are processed on a rolling admissions basis; program review and accept applications once the complete application file is received.
All international students who are enrolled in a full-time program of study are eligible to live in the campus dormitories alongside other international and Israeli students. The University of Haifa offers apartments of three or six single rooms, each with its own bathroom, and a shared kitchen and living space. The dormitories provide many facilities for students’ use. Refer to the program website for more details.
The manageable size of the campus exposes students to the full range of events and activities taking place throughout the academic year. Students at the International School are strongly encouraged to participate in the variety of activities including concerts, fitness classes, salsa and Israeli folk dancing, lectures and conferences on various topics, and sports competitions. In the International School, university promotes the diverse religious and ethnic self-expression of all of their students and help them find their own unique connection to Israel. The campus is a mix of secular and religious Jewish native Israelis, new immigrants from the former Soviet Union, Ethiopia, North and South America and Europe, and Israelis whose religious and ethnic backgrounds are Muslim, Christian, Druze, and Bedouin.
- Early socioemotional development - 2 credit hours
- Child development in a cross–cultural perspective - 2 credit hours
- Selected issues in child development research - 4 credit hours
- Statistics for developmental sciences - 2 credit hours
- Cognitive and language development and emerging literacy - 2 credit hours
- Parenting and attachment - 2 credit hours
- Children with special needs - 2 credit hours
- Early intervention programs - 2 credit hours
- Psychological assessments of young children - 2 credit hours
- Early detection and screening of developmental problems - 2 credit hours
- Observation, Evaluation and Intervention Methods: Children, Parents, - 4 credit hours
- Child Care Settings preschools and schools workshop
- Invited international lecturers on policy issues in developing countries 2 credit hours
- Emotional and Professional development - 4 credit hours
- Program Seminar - 4 credit hours
- Final project seminar - 4 credit hours
- Copy of diploma and transcript.
- A minimum of 3.0 GPA, 80%, or equivalent.
- At least three years of experience working with children and families.
- Preference will be given to individuals who already demonstrate experience in leadership positions in their respective fields.
- English test scores might be required if native language is not English or candidates have not previously studied at an institution of higher education where the language of instruction is English. In such events university will consider each candidate on an individual basis, also based on further evidence attesting to mastery of the English language.
- Three letters of recommendation from university faculty members and/or senior professionals in the field.
- Statement of Purpose (500 words).
- Personal History Statement (500 words).
- Copy of valid passport.
- Medical forms.
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