Registration for academic year 2018-2019 is now open.

Please note the following about deadlines: 

1. Those candidates applying with a request to obtain a full scholarship for developing countries must submit their application no later than March 15th. 2017.
2. Other candidates should submit the application by May 31st. 2017


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Please note: Registration for scholarships for developing countries has ended.

Other candidates are welcome to submit their application until May, 15th,2017


The program consists of 36 credits and includes core courses in child development, concentration-specific courses and workshops to enhance the students’ knowledge of child development from an international perspective. 

Exceptional students may want to take advantage of the International School’s Hebrew and/or Arabic courses, although it is not required and is not included in the tuition. Intensive language courses are offered during the summer (July and August) and throughout the course of the semester. Please see the International School website for more details (

Courses  Credits                   
Cognitive and Language Development and Emerging Literacy 2
Child development in a cross- cultural perspective 2
Developmental Neuroscience 2
Developmental Prevention and Intervention Methods 2
Developmental Psychopathology 2
Parenting and Attachment 2
Psychological Assessments of Young Children 2
Selected Issues in Child Development Research 2
Statistics for Developmental Sciences 2
Advanced Developmental Psychology 4
Selected Topics in Applied Developmental Sciences 4
Final Project Seminar 4

Observation Methods - Children, Parents, Child Care Settings, Pre-schools
and Schools: Workshop



*The curriculum is subject to change without notice. Please see program website for the most up-to-date curriculum.

Cognitive and Language Development and Emerging Literacy
This course addresses basic concepts in cognitive and language development. Core developmental tasks from birth onwards are discussed as they relate to cognitive functioning and language acquisition.

Child Development in a Cross-Cultural Perspective
Child development theories and research are presented and discussed in the context of different cultures across the world and the extent to which development is universally or culturally determined.

Developmental Neuroscience
The most recent advancements in the area of brain research, physiology and genetics are
discussed in order to gain a fuller understanding of the developing child.

Developmental Prevention and Intervention Methods
This course focuses on theoretical models and applications of intervention programs from a
developmental point of view, while emphasizing the roles of developmental experts as the
planners and executers of the programs as well as the evaluators of the effectiveness of these programs. The course addresses the relations between prevention, evaluation, diagnosis and intervention in various levels.

Developmental Psychopathology
This course exposes students to the theoretical backgrounds, factors and processes which underlie various developmental psychopathologies, and their enduring effects throughout the life span. A special emphasis is given to the ecological approach of developmental psychopathology.

Parenting and Attachment
Students will gain an understanding of parenting processes, individual differences in parenting and their associations with normative and non-normative child development with an emphasis on attachment theory across the lifespan. Implications for intervention programs will be discussed.

Psychological Assessments of Young Children
Students are exposed to updated assessment tools for evaluating various aspects of normal as well as abnormal development. For example, the developmental sections in the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Selected Issues in Child Development Research
This course will cover the following topics: evaluation of child development research; considerations relating to planning and executing developmental studies and the employment of standardized measures; and translation of research knowledge to applied work with children and parents, and public policymaking.

Statistics for Developmental Sciences
Students are exposed to basic concepts in statistics that will help them better understand various empirical publications. This course also provides basic knowledge for those students interested in pursuing further research.

Advanced Developmental Psychology
This course addresses basic concepts in child development. Core developmental tasks from
infancy to adolescence are presented according to various theoretical approaches. For example, the development of emotional and behavioral self-regulation, moral development, and the development of self and identity.

Selected Topics in Applied Developmental Sciences
This seminar is based on a series of guest lectures by leading scholars from various disciplines, including psychology, neuroscience, pediatrics, education, social work, law and drama therapy. Topics covered may include early child care, child maltreatment, environment and genetics, orphanages, foster care, adoption, traumatic stress, sleep and child development, political violence and child soldiers, and children’s rights.

Final Project Seminar
In a final project, students are requested to integrate the developmental knowledge they have acquired throughout the program to their applied work, preferably as it relates to their country of origin. The classroom is divided into small groups, each led by one mentor.

Observation Methods - Children, Parents, Child Care Settings, Preschools and Schools: Workshop
Students practice observational methods for evaluating parent-child and teacher-child relationships and classroom climate, and study interview methods for assessing internal representations that parents shape regarding their child and their parenting.