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Child Development

Students gain advanced knowledge of child development from a multi-disciplinary perspective. The program provides an in-depth examination of cognitive, biological, and socio-emotional development from infancy through adolescence studied in multiple contexts. The curriculum provides opportunities to study a wide range of topics such as cross-cultural development; brain and behavior; parenting and nutrition; social-emotional development; language and intellectual development; memory systems; genes and environments; physiological correlates of behavior; and research methods in human growth and development. The curriculum emphasizes a balance of research, theory, methodology, and practical, supervised experience in the belief that, in order to be effective, educators and practitioners alike must have solid disciplinary foundations. The program provides a foundation for careers in program-delivery (e.g., Early Childhood; 4-H; Youth Development), teaching at the community-college level, or further graduate study.


Program Address

Human and Community Development
1315 Hart Hall
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 754-4109
(530) 752-5660

Program Type

Interdisciplinary Graduate Group
Lead Dean: 
College of Agriculture and Environmental Studies
Major Code: 

Degree Requirements

Administrative ByLaws

Application Deadlines

Dec 15, 2020
Mar 1, 2021
Prospective Student Fellowship: 
Dec 15, 2020
Continuing Student Fellowship: 
Jan 15, 2021

Degrees Offered

M.S. Plan I
M.S. Plan II


Graduate Program Coordinator

Program Chair

  • Graduate Group Chair
  • Human Ecology
  • 07/02/2016 to 07/01/2022

Academic Advisors

  • Advisor: Primary Contact
  • Human Ecology
  • 09/01/2017 to 08/31/2021
  • Advisor: General
  • Psychology
  • 09/01/2019 to 08/31/2021
  • Advisor: General
  • Human Ecology
  • 09/01/2019 to 08/31/2021
  • Advisor: Admissions Only
  • Human Ecology
  • 09/01/2015 to 08/31/2021
  • Advisor: General
  • Ucanr: Anr Human Ecology
  • 09/01/2014 to 08/31/2021

Senior Academic Advisor in Graduate Studies

Internal Fellowship Analyst in Graduate Studies

External Fellowship Analyst in Graduate Studies