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Master’s Programs - Human Development

Program of Study

The graduate program in Human Development is designed to provide advanced training, with special emphasis on child development and family relations. This program is designed for those interested in working in the human development field in such leadership positions as center director, director of services, program coordinator, case manager or project manager.

The curriculum is designed to:

The Master of Science degree in Human Development requires a minimum of 30 credit hours. The degree requirements and schedule of when courses are offered over a two-year period are presented below.

Degree Requirements

Core Curriculum (18 credits)* Credits
Fundamentals of Human Development
Professional Practices in Human Development
Program Planning and Evaluation in Human Development
Legislation and Policy in Human Development
Research Methods
Grant Development in Human Development
Seminars (6 credits)
Seminar course in human development
Seminar course in human development
Internship (6 credits)
Agency or research internship, as well as professional portfolio and final presentation at symposium
Minimum Hours

*Within each core class, students will be required to complete at least one element of a professional portfolio, to be presented during final’s week of their last semester.

Schedule of Classes to be offered over two years

Year 1

Core Course: Fundamentals of Human Development
Core Course: Professional Practices in Human Development
Seminar: Family Counseling

Core Course: Program Planning and Evaluation in Human Development
Seminar: Sexuality and Human Interaction
Seminar: Seminar in Family Relationships

Year 2

Core Course: Legislation and Policy in Human Development
Core Course: Research Methods
Seminar: Seminar in Early Childhood

Core Course: Grant Development in Human Development
Seminar: Recent Research in Human Development
Internship in Human Development and Portfolio Presentation

Note: In addition to the core courses and internship, students take two seminars.Internship in Human Development

The internship experience entails high-quality, professional placement with an agency or work on a research project with a faculty member in human development.

Professional Portfolio and Symposium

All students must complete a professional portfolio that demonstrates their competencies and achievements in the program. Elements of the portfolio are completed in each of the core courses. At the end of the program, students are required to participate in a symposium and portfolio presentation. The symposium occurs the Thursday of final’s week. Each graduating student completes an oral presentation on an interest area developed throughout the program. The presentation of the topic includes integration of several of the portfolio projects developed during the program (integrating theory, research and practice). The professional portfolio will be on display throughout the day. The symposium is open to family, friends, internship supervisors and other interested members of the campus community.

Core Curriculum
For Professional Portfolio
Fundamentals of Human Development
A literature review and analysis of an issue from various theoretical perspectives
Professional Practices in Human Development
An action plan that defines personal and professional goals, and outlines a business proposal for developing a program or center related to human development
Program Planning and Evaluation in Human Development
An intervention plan that could be implemented and evaluated
Legislation and Policy in Human Development
A policy analysis based on a critical human development issue
Research Methods
Grant development program planning and evaluation using concepts and procedures from this course
Grant Development in Human Development
A grant proposal to submit to a funding source

Graduate Faculty

The graduate faculty, nationally recognized and published scholars, share a commitment to excellence in advanced instruction and research.

Sandra L. Caron holds a Ph.D. in Human Development from Syracuse University. She specializes in family studies and human sexuality. She is a member of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors & Therapists, as well as the Society of Scientific Study of Sexuality. She directs Athletes for Sexual Responsibility, a nationally recognized peer education program. Her research focuses on the social-sexual development of young people, with an emphasis on sexual decision-making, sexuality education, and cross-cultural perspectives.

Julie N. DellaMattera holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Maine. She has worked extensively in the early childhood field as an Education Specialist, preschool owner and head teacher, Child Development Specialist, and multi-age classroom teacher. She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Delta Kappa Gamma International Society of Women Educators. Her research focuses on leadership in early education and policies affecting early education teachers.

Mary Ellin Logue holds an Ed.D from the University of Massachusetts in Early Childhood Education. She has worked extensively in Head Start, Special Education, teacher preparation and parent involvement. She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Association for Childhood International. Her research focuses on parent involvement in children’s learning and schooling, and prevention of learning and social difficulties.

Robert M. Milardo holds a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Pennsylvania State University. He is the editor of the Journal of Family Theory and Review published by the National Council on Family Relations. His research interests concern aunts and uncles and their relationships with nieces and nephews, feminist perspectives on friendship and kin relations, and domestic violence.

Gary L. Schilmoeller holds a Ph.D. in Developmental and Child Psychology from the University of Kansas. He specializes in converging factors that influence development in young children and in support for families with disabilities. He is a member of the National Council on Family Relations and co-directs the ACC network, an international support network for people with agenesis of the corpus callosum.


Applications are processed through the Graduate School on a rolling basis and no strict deadlines apply.  Only completed applications will be reviewed.  Applicants are evaluated by a number of criteria, including GRE scores, undergraduate GPA, letters of recommendation and matching program interests.

Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis each year. Students interested in an assistantship should send a letter to the Associate Dean of Instruction, College of Education & Human Development, requesting to be considered.

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Contact Information

College of Education and Human Development
5766 Shibles Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: 207.581.2441
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System