Who is this degree for?

Offered in conjunction with Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s Civitas ChildLaw Center, this specialization helps inform you about the law and how it intersects with and impacts their work in child- and family-focused settings. This specialization prepares students to examine the critical issues and considerations in marrying child development knowledge and the law.

Increasingly, professionals who work with children and families find that they need to better understand how the law impacts their clients. The M.S. in Child Development with Children’s Law and Policy Specialization program helps future child development and family service leaders develop skills designed to make them better advocates and more effective leaders by examining the critical issues and considerations in marrying child development knowledge and the law.

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Course Work

To earn the children’s law and policy specialization, you must complete the core child development curriculum, an internship focusing on children’s law and policy, and four additional specialization courses.

Sample course schedules:

Core Courses:

Specialization Courses:

Assessment Elective Courses: