Child Development

Study mode:Full-time Languages: English Duration:12 months
Foreign:$ 9.78k / Academic year(s) Deadline: Mar 31, 2022
StudyQA ranking:1147

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The International Master’s Program in Child Development was established to train and prepare local professional leadership to lead and advance initiatives in developing countries to improve the lives of children at risk.

United Nations Millennium Development Goals

In September 2000, world leaders came together to adopt the UN Millennium Declaration. The Declaration commits 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.

Implementing the Mission

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.

Program Objectives

  • • 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;
  • • 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;
  • • To serve 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 program consists of 36 credits and includes core courses in child development, concentration-specific courses and workshops to enhance the students’ knowledge of child development from an international perspective.

Exceptional students may want to take advantage of the International School’s Hebrew and/or Arabic courses, although it is not required and is not included in the tuition. Intensive language courses are offered during the summer (July and August) and throughout the course of the semester. Please see the International School website for more details (


  • Cognitive and Language Development and Emerging Literacy
  • Child development in a cross- cultural perspective
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Developmental Prevention and Intervention Methods
  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Parenting and Attachment
  • Psychological Assessments of Young Children
  • Selected Issues in Child Development Research
  • Statistics for Developmental Sciences
  • Advanced Developmental Psychology
  • Selected Topics in Applied Developmental Sciences
  • Final Project Seminar
  • Observation Methods - Children, Parents, Child Care Settings, Pre-schools and Schools: Workshop

Candidates must have completed an undergraduate degree, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or the equivalent, in relevant disciplines related to public services for children: social work, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, physical therapy, nursing, early childhood education, psychology or law. Candidates must have at least three years of experience working with children and families.Candidates who have not graduated from an academic institution where the language of instruction is English, or who are not native English speakers, must submit official TOEFL scores of at least 570 (in a written test), 230 (in a computerized test), or 89 (in an internet test) to be considered for admission. English Language Requirements TOEFL paper-based test score : 570 TOEFL iBT® test: 89

Financial Aid for Students from Developing Countries

Applicants from developing countries are eligible for scholarships to cover tuition and living expense.

Financial Aid for Students from Other Countries

There are numerous source of financial aid available for students who choose to study at the University of Haifa. Please contact the University of Haifa International School to receive the full list.

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