Parenting and Child Development (MSc)
About the programme
The programme of Parenting and Child Development consists of four substantive courses devoted to the following subjects:
- Attachment, parenting and development
- Child care, experts and parents
- Prevention and intervention programmes in families
- Digital media in the family
In addition, you are trained in research methods and techniques.
An important part of the master’s specialisation Parenting and Child Development is the internship. You learn to apply scientific knowledge and academic skills in a realistic working environment and to operate independently and responsibly in an organization. During your internship you develop your skills in practice or in scientific research.
You conclude the specialisation Parenting and Child Development with your Master Project, in which you conduct a research project in the domain of this specialisation. You write an individual thesis about your research, and present your results to an audience.
What you will learn
The master’s specialisation Parenting and Child Development will provide you with a state-of-the-art, in-depth understanding of
- family and caregiving factors that influence child development, such as caregiver-child attachment, parenting styles and practices used by (professional) caregivers and family functioning
- historical trends in parenting advice and how these influence current advice
- the new challenges and opportunities digital media pose in current-day caregiving
- neural, behavioral, and social-cognitive development in early childhood with specific attention to the interaction between child characteristics (e.g., temperament or neurobiological make-up) and environmental factors
In addition, you will acquire the tools to
- critically analyze the quality of (research on) parenting advice, parenting interventions, and child development
- develop evidence-based preventive parenting/caregiving programmes
Finally, you will gain practical experience with
- the work involved in conducting research in the field of parenting, child care and development during your master thesis (often involves training in observation of caregiver-child interactions, and/or using laboratory techniques such as attentional, behavioral or neurophysiological measures)
- the work of professionals in the field of parenting and child development during your internship. Examples of internships institutions are companies providing parenting advice and courses on child development to (professional) caregivers, adoption agencies, youth health care institutions, childcare organizations.
Dutch students who complete this master’s specialisation and completed the bachelor Pedagogische Wetenschappen or the pre-master programme Pedagogische Wetenschappen at Leiden University, fulfill the criteria for the NVO-registration for 'Basis pedagoog' and the SKJ-registration for 'Master-pedagoog'.