Are you interested in raising children? In the way their environment shapes their development? Would you like to learn how to support parents and educators, creating a context where children and youth can reach their full potential? Then this Master's programme may be just right for you!
Objective of the programme
This Master’s programme in Clinical Child, Family and Education Studies (Dutch: Orthopedagogiek) will challenge you to make connections between scientific research and practical issues. Armed with scientific insights and clinical skills, you will be able to give advice, support, treatment and guidance when problems arise around children or adolescents in families or schools. You can make an important contribution to research of practical care issues related to parenting, education or children at risk. You will help children, youth, their parents and the systems surrounding them to function to their optimum potential.
Ready for the labour market
You will be prepared for work and further training in dealing with clinical issues in raising future generations. You could work as a policy adviser or care giver in fields such as youth care, special needs schools, care for people with a disability, paediatric rehabilitation, forensic care and (inter)national knowledge institutions. Following Track 1 you qualify for post-master’s training as a health care (GZ) psychologist. You can also pursue a career in research, for instance at a university or knowledge institution.
Working in a multi-disciplinary way
While studying complex situations you will combine insights from education and child and adolescent studies, psychology, neuropsychology, child and youth psychiatry, forensic psychology, juvenile justice, pediatrics and sociology.
Clinical issues in raising children and youth: a sound basis
The programme is taught in English. You will take three mandatory courses concerning:
- Working as a clinical professional in different contexts;
- Critical Analysis of Youth Development: an Ecological Systems Approach
- Functioning as an academic professional.
On top of these courses every student will write a Master’s Thesis and you will choose an elective course. In addition Track 1 includes a (Dutch spoken) internship, whereas Track 2 consists of a Clinical Skills Lab (English spoken) and an extra course on Frontiers in Clinical Child Family and Education studies (which can be chosen as an elective course by students of Track 1).
Research feeds education
Your lecturers participate in highly qualified research in the field of parenting, adolescence, education, development and learning in the research programmes Child and Adolescent Studies and Education and Learning. This means you will benefit from their most recent scientific insights. Moreover, as a Master’s student your thesis can contribute to the current research within the programme concerning projects such as:
- STudy of Attention capacities of moderately Preterm born infants ()
- The YOUth cohort study: social competence and behavioral
- Young children in childcare
- Multilingual Language Development
- Evaluation of the Rock and Water support programme
- Evaluating therapy for depressed
- Projects from the Consortium on Individual Development ()
- Research on Adolescent Development And Relationships ()
- Degree: This Master's programme is officially registered under its name in the Central Register of Higher Education Study Programmes
- Title: MSc
- Master's degree in: Pedagogische Wetenschappen
- Programme: Clinical Child, Family and Education Studies
- Accredited by the NVAO
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- Part- or full-time status:
- 1 year
- Credits: 60 credits equals one year full-time study load (European Credit Transfer System, ECTS)
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- Social and Behavioural Sciences
- Graduate school:
- Social and Behavioural Sciences