Career Prospects

The labour market

The Master’s programme in Clinical Child, Family and Education Studies prepares you for work in a variety of sectors such as: child welfare institutions, advisory and support services for schools, social education centres, medical toddler day care, boarding institutions, consulting practices, paediatric and child psychiatric clinics and hospitals, national knowledge institutes, Centre for Youth and Family, Municipal Health Service.

After graduation you can also qualify for a post at a university as lecturer and/or scientific researcher. Incidentally in this last case, following a two-year research-oriented master’s programme (such as Educational Sciences: Learning in Interaction or Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence) is the most appropriate prior education.

I was able to collect my own data by working with children in a primary school. The experience in a school environment has helped to guide me into a job in this area.

Continuing your studies/ registration as licensed basis-orthopedagoog

If you follow Track 1 ‘Care for Children, Youth and Parents’ and have successfully completed three client reports (case reports) during your internship according to the prescribed format of the NVO, you will receive a declaration with which you can apply for the Basic Registration in Diagnostics from the NVO. You (only) need this extra registration if you wish to complete the postgraduate Health Psychologist programme (in Dutch). This supplementary registration is not required to attend other follow-up programmes. 

Please note that this can only be obtained by Dutch students with a Bachelor's and Master's degree from a Dutch Research University.

Track 2 prepares you to work further on clinical issues from a transnational perspective in any country. 

Alumna Loes talks about her studies and her current job

You can gain a lot of experience in practice, and not only through an internship: some courses are also aimed at developing both academic and clinical skills.

Career development

To help you prepare for your career and familiarise yourself with the labour market the programme, the faculty and Utrecht University offers several services and activities.