Courses Credits
Cognitive and Language Development and Emerging Literacy 2
A Cultural Perspective on Early Childhood 2
Developmental Science 2
Treatment of Developmental Psychopathology: Models for Early Intervention 2
Parenting and Attachment 2
Developmental Psychopathology: Internal and External Risk Factors 2
Psychological Assessments of Young Children 2
Selected Issues in Child Development Research 2
Statistics for Developmental Sciences 2
Early Socio Emotional Development 2
Program Seminar 4
Children with Special Needs: A Relationship-based Approach 2
Final Project Seminar 4
Observation and Evaluation Methods 2
Emotional and Professional Development 4
Early Development: A Neuro-Pediatric Perspective 2
Israel: Society and Policy Development 2



Course Descriptions

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.

A Cultural Perspective on Early Childhood
The course focuses on the unique contribution of an anthropological perspective to the study of early childhood. The course focuses on the following questions: What is culture, how is it learned, and what is the impact of globalization on local understandings and practices of child rearing? What are the complexities of transferring theories and practices relating to child development and education across different contexts? What is the implications of a cultural perspective on childhood for policy, practice and practitioners?

Developmental Science
This course will address basic concepts and theories in child development. Core developmental tasks from infancy to adolescence as conceptualized by varied theoretical approaches will be presented. The relevance of developmental theory and empirical evidence to practice with children and families across cultures will be discussed.

Treatment of Developmental Psychopathology: Models for Early Intervention
This course introduces students to the meaning, purpose, and methods of early intervention as it is practiced today. The many treatments and programs which have been shown to help at-risk children and families will be presented, via lectures, readings, and films. Prevention and treatment will be examined from both a "macro" perspective (group educational interventions, community programs, etc.) and from a "micro" perspective (various individual treatment models for children and parents).

Parenting and Attachment
In this course, students gain an understanding of parenting processes, individual differences in parenting, and their associations with normative and non-normative child development. Emphasis is placed on attachment theory across the lifespan. Implications for intervention programs are discussed.

Developmental Psychopathology: Internal and External Risk Factors
This course familiarizes students with the wide range of psychological disorders that can develop during childhood. Disorders are examined from etiological and phenomenological perspectives, using the DC: 0-5 and DSM-V manuals, readings, and films as references. A variety of historical and current etiological paradigms are offered in order to achieve an integrative understanding of childhood disorders, including those related to various traumatic situations in which children find themselves today (i.e., divorce, teen pregnancy, violence and terrorism, maltreatment and abuse).

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 covers 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.

Early Socio Emotional Development
The course reviews classic and current studies that highlight the importance of early relationships for children's development. We begin by discussing studies of early deprivation and move on to studies of the parent-child dialogue. Throughout the course important research findings are highlighted, and their clinical implications for work with parent and children are discussed. A special focus of the course is the relevance of theories and research findings to various cultural contexts.

Program Seminar
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.

Children with Special Needs: A Relationship-based Approach
The course is designed to expose the students to the principles underlying work with children with special needs and their caregivers. The DIR/Floortime model will serve as a general framework for this class, and the Functional Emotional Developmental scheme will be presented as a way to assess children's developmental capacities. Throughout the course there will be an emphasis on the importance of relationships between the child and his or her caregiver.

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 and Evaluation Methods
The Observation and Evaluation course is a workshop in which students learn central observation and evaluation measures used in child development research. Students will be introduced to three types of observations (Emotion Availability Scales, Classroom Assessment Scoring System and The Home Observation for Measurement of the Environment) and one interview measure (Five Minute Speech Sample). Students will practice coding of measures based on presentations of observations and interviews from their countries of origin. Discussions in class will focus on understanding the cultural meaning of developmental concepts in light of the various observations and interviews presented by students.

Emotional and Professional Development
This course emphasis is on creating a secure base for the students by providing a supportive environment as well as a space for reflection on inner processes, including those evoked by the academic materials.

Early Development: A Neuro-Pediatric Perspective
This course covers aspects of early development of the central nervous system and mechanisms related to future disabilities. During the course, students will be exposed to different clinical neuro - developmental disorders affecting young children and screening instruments. In their final project, students are expected to design intervention relevant to their community.

Israel: Society and Policy Development
This course is designed with three major objectives in mind - understanding Jewish history, the development of the State of Israel and how policies are developed and implemented. MA students will become familiar with the modern State of Israel when briefly surveying Jewish history, identity and beliefs over the millennia. Jewish nationalism or Zionism and the development of the State of Israel over the past seventy years serves as a template for understanding nation state building and the decision making process as implemented by the national leadership and leads our society to where we stand today.