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Become a subject matter expert and a leader in organizations serving adolescents. Capella University is one of only a few online universities to offer a Master's in Child and Adolescent Development program. This program may also be a good first step for those who wish to pursue a doctorate in psychology, and will cover topics to help you relate mental health, social, and educational issues to help affect policy impacting children and adolescents.

The Building Blocks of Your Master's Program

Receive in-depth information on child-development stages from prenatal to late adolescence. You’ll develop the ability to work with a broad spectrum of behaviors, facilitating children’s optimal development. Our streamlined Child and Adolescent Development program offers in-depth knowledge on child and adolescent development that can be applied in areas such as education, human services, and behavioral health to name a few. Further accelerate your degree with our revolutionary FlexPath option.

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 our GuidedPath learning format, 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.


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