Are you interested in raising children? In the way, their environment shapes their development? Would you like to learn how to support parents and educators, creating a context where children and youth can reach their full potential? Then this Master's program may be just right for you!

Objective of the program

This Master’s program in Clinical Child, Family, and Education Studies (Dutch: Orthopedagogiek) will challenge you to make connections between scientific research and practical issues. Armed with scientific insights and clinical skills, you will be able to give advice, support, treatment, and guidance when problems arise around children or adolescents in families or schools. You can make an important contribution to the research of practical care issues related to parenting, education or children at risk. You will help children, youth, their parents and the systems surrounding them to function to their optimum potential.

Ready for the labor market

You will be prepared for work and further training in dealing with clinical issues in raising future generations. You could work as a policy adviser or caregiver in fields such as youth care, special needs schools, care for people with a disability, pediatric rehabilitation, forensic care and (inter)national knowledge institutions. Following Track 1 you qualify for post-master’s training as a health care (GZ) psychologist. You can also pursue a career in research, for instance at a university or knowledge institution.

Working in a multi-disciplinary way

While studying complex situations you will combine insights from education and child and adolescent studies, psychology, neuropsychology, child and youth psychiatry, forensic psychology, juvenile justice, pediatrics, and sociology.

Clinical issues in raising children and youth: a sound basis

The program is taught in English. You will take three mandatory courses concerning:

  • Working as a clinical professional in different contexts;
  • Critical Analysis of Youth Development: an Ecological Systems Approach
  • Functioning as an academic professional.

On top of these courses, every student will write a Master’s Thesis and you will choose an elective course. In addition Track 1 includes a (Dutch spoken) internship, whereas Track 2 consists of a Clinical Skills Lab (English spoken) and an extra course on Frontiers in Clinical Child Family and Education studies (which can be chosen as an elective course by students of Track 1).

Research feeds education

Your lecturers participate in highly qualified research in the field of parenting, adolescence, education, development, and learning in the research programs Child and Adolescent Studies and Education and Learning. This means you will benefit from their most recent scientific insights. Moreover, as a Master’s student, your thesis can contribute to the current research within the program concerning projects such as:

  • STudy of Attention capacities of moderately Preterm born infants (STAP)
  • The YOUth cohort study: social competence and behavioral control
  • Young children in childcare
  • Multilingual Language Development
  • Evaluation of the Rock and Water support program
  • Evaluating therapy for depressed adolescents
  • Projects from the Consortium on Individual Development (CID)
  • Research on Adolescent Development And Relationships (RADAR)

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated August 23, 2019
This course is Campus based
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1 year
2,083 EUR
Dutch and other EU/EEA students (statutory fee 2019-2020): € 2,083. Non-EU/EEA students (institutional fee): 2018-19: € 15,575, 2019-20: € 16,600
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