The Department of Human Development & Quantitative Methodology (HDQM) at the University of Maryland is a 30 credit Master of Education in Human Development program, with courses offered primarily face-to-face at the Universities at Shady Grove and on-line. At Maryland, we have been working hard to revamp our human development curriculum to reflect the latest research and topics. The Fall 2022 Masters of Education in Human Development Cohort program at The Universities at Shady Grove will be accepting applications now through June 2022, and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  The two-year M.Ed. cohort program begins in August 2022. For more information and to get on the interested applicant list for updates, email Dr. Lauren Trakhman at trakhman@umd.edu.

This program embodies a cohort model, wherein groups of applicants are admitted each fall semester, and progress together through the two-year sequence of courses. The program focuses on theory and contemporary educational research related to child and adolescent social, cognitive, emotional, and physical development, and the translation of that research into principles of instructional practice that positively influence students' academic achievement, motivation to achieve, and school adjustment in education settings. There is a strong programmatic emphasis on diversity and the impact of individual differences on educational outcomes. Past students are typically in-service, certified teachers or counselors who wish to study developmental influences on school achievement, but we welcome applications from anyone who is interested in studying the program content.

UMD Graduate
School General
Requirements:

1) Statement of Purpose:

“The goal of this essay is to get to know you as an individual and as a potential graduate student.” We recommend that this statement follow these guidelines, and include:

  • Your preparation and motivation for graduate study, including the academic, research, work, and/or personal experiences that prepare you for this graduate program.
  • Your research interests and how these interests fit with this graduate program, including identification of one or more potential faculty mentors because of the program’s strong research mentorship model.
  • How you will contribute to the social, intellectual, or cultural diversity within a scholarly community and demonstrate your persistence to undergo a rigorous academic program.  

2) Transcript(s)
3) TOEFL/IELTS/PTE (international graduate students)

Program-Specific
Requirements:

1) Letters of Recommendation (3): Recommendation letters may come from professors, school administrators, supervisors, and/or any other person who can effectively comment on your potential for success in a research-based MEd program in Human Development with a focus on Developmental Science and Educational Psychology. We recommend that letters of recommendation be from those that know you/your work well and comment on what you have done so far.

2) Open Response: Attach the open response to your statement of purpose in your application in one document. In 200-300 words, describe your quantitative and/or analytical skills, knowledge and prior experience. These may include college and/or AP level mathematics and statistics courses, experience with mathematical and/or statistical software packages, quantitative experience in past research activities and/or work experience. The research-based MEd program in Human Development is mathematically and statistically rigorous to facilitate students’ learning and use of advanced quantitative methodologies. Therefore, evidence of applicants’ quantitative proficiency is required.

3) Writing Sample: Submit an article, report, or manuscript in which you were the primary author (e.g., peer-reviewed journal publication or conference presentation paper in which you were the primary author, or alternatively, a master’s or undergraduate thesis, or school report/literature review). We encourage you to submit something you have already written; though, you may write something new.

Program-Specific Optional:
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not considered as a criterion for admission into the program. GRE scores that are submitted are made available to potential faculty advisors.
  • All applicants are recommended to seek advice from a faculty mentor or academic advisor for how to construct a strong admissions application.
  • All applicants are strongly encouraged to contact a potential faculty member(s) in the department regarding their availability, fit, and interest in serving as a mentor in the graduate training program. Applicants may state that this contact was made in their application.

Students are required to submit all required documents before submitting their application:  Purpose Statement,  recommendation letters, transcripts, GRE scores (optional) and TOEFL/IELTS/PTE for international graduate studentsDue to COVID-19, the Educational Testing Service is temporarily offering the GRE General Test online. Should students wish for their GRE scores to be considered, please visit the GRE testing site directly.

The Graduate School Application portal, gradapply.umd.edu, can be used to apply to UMD and review the status of your application. Graduate faculty in the Academic Department you applied to will review your completed application for graduate admission.

The department offers an on- and off-campus program. To ensure you apply for the off-campus program, once you arrive to the “Educational Intent” section of the application:

  1. For area of intent, please select for the degree: Masters, then Human Dev. M.Ed., then select term (i.e., Fall '22).
  2. Then, in area of interest, please select Masters in Human Development (off-campus).

If you need additional assistance, please contact Jannitta Graham at jgraham7@umd.edu or (301) 405-8432.

The Graduate School's list of Frequently Asked Questions is a helpful resource as you navigate the admissions process.

For other questions about the application process, or to check on the completion of your application, please contact:

Judy Foster, Coordinator of Graduate Admissions
Office of Student Services, College of Education
(301) 405-2359                  

Questions regarding application reviews and decision recommendations should be directed to the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology (HDQM). Please contact:

Jannitta Graham, Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Human Development and Quantitative Methodology
(301) 405-8432

At Maryland, we have been working hard to revamp our human development curriculum to reflect the latest research and topics. The Fall 2022 Masters of Education in Human Development Cohort program at The Universities at Shady Grove will be accepting applications now through June 2021, and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The two-year M.Ed. cohort program begins in August 2022. For more information and to get on the interested applicant list for updates, email Dr. Lauren Trakhman at trakhman@umd.edu or Ms. Jannitta Graham, HDQM Graduate Coordinator, at jgraham7@umd.edu for further information.

Lauren Trakhman, Director of Outreach
trakhman@umd.edu

Jannitta Graham, Graduate Coordinator
jgraham7@umd.edu
(301) 405-8432