Generalist Concentration

(38 credit hours)


Prepare to best serve the complex needs of children and their families by earning a Master of Science degree in Child Development.

This concentration prepares you to work with children birth to age 8 and their families in a wide range of non-clinical settings including early childhood care and education programs, informal education programs within museums and zoos, and early childhood research, policy and advocacy organizations.

As a Generalist student, you will complete the 38-credit hour core child development curriculum and complete an internship focusing on developing the practice and reflection skills necessary to work with or on behalf of young children and their families. Internship options include direct service, informal education, applied research, policy and advocacy, and family/parent support services.

This concentration prepares you to seek the Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Early Care and Education Credential, Levels 2-6, through the Entitled Route. To earn the credential, you will need to complete the appropriate Gateways application and provide documentation of your academic and professional experiences. Requirements, timing and related costs may vary.