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Capella University's online Master's in Child Development program positions you for leadership in organizations serving adolescents.

Capella offers the only Master's in Child and Adolescent Development program available from an online, regionally accredited university, and provides the skills to help you develop and achieve your goals whether you're pursuing a new career or looking to advance in your current role. This program may also be a good first step for those who wish to pursue a PsyD or PhD, either of which is generally required for licensure as a counseling psychologist.

To learn more about this program, request more information and we will match you with an enrollment counselor who specializes in your area of study.

FlexPath: A More Direct Path to Your Degree

FlexPath can help you earn your degree on your own schedule, at your own pace — with the potential to save you time and money. FlexPath self-paced learning allows you to move quickly through subjects you’re more familiar with or more slowly as needed. You’ll develop the same mastery — and earn the same degree — as the structured version of your degree program, only in a more efficient, more personalized way. Learn more about FlexPath self-paced learning.

Degree Outcomes

With your Master's in Child and Adolescent Development from Capella, you'll research and evaluate sources of knowledge, theory, and best professional practices within child development. You'll also analyze and evaluate the scientific and practical merit of research and literature pertaining to child and adolescent development. Discover specifically what you'll learn — and how you can apply it.

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Career Outcomes

Common jobs with an online program in child and adolescent development include child development specialist, before/after school program director or early childhood education specialist. Potential workplaces include child and family service agency, early childhood education program, group home or social service agency.