The family is a child’s first school and parents are their first teachers. As such, the quality of family education directly affects children’s physical and mental health. With the rapid growth of information technology in the 21st Century, the next generation of parents are experiencing unprecedented challenges and changes to the common family structure, leading to an increasing emphasis on child development and family education.
At present, however, there is a clear lack of family education professionals to meet this growing need. These new professionals must not only understand child development, but also be qualified to provide therapeutic relief for families struggling in the modern world.
This part-time MA programme aims to help learners to gain in-depth knowledge, skills and hands-on experiences in child development and family education through the combination of research-led and practice-oriented modules. It focuses on the cultivation of transferrable skills and innovative thinking in order to guarantee our graduates great success in their future career, as well as provide the foundation for the home-school-community education paradigm that is rapidly gaining traction throughout society.
Students in the MA in Child Development and Family Education programme will:
The University offers a broad range of activities aiming to enrich master students’ theoretical and experiential learning and professional development. Training, workshops and seminars, covering varieties of themes and topics, both generic and subject-specific, are often offered at both University and Academy/department levels. The Academy of Future Education and the Department of Educational Studies often invite scholars and professionals for featured lectures and workshops. You may be provided with opportunities to work as a teaching assistant, research assistant, or intern at XJTLU. Field trips or enterprise/organization visits may also be organized. Such courses or activities will not only support your academic studies in the master’s programme, but also provide you with important skills and capabilities for future employment and professional development.
For part-time students, modules may be mainly scheduled in the evenings on weekdays or between 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Saturdays.
Graduates from this programme will be well prepared to either further their study for an EdD or PhD, or obtain employment in numerous teaching and administrative positions related to child development and family education. Possible employers include K-12 public or international schools; educational and research institutions; social and governmental organisations; children, youth and women activity centres, etc.