Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology聽
The Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology is one of the world's leading centers for research on child and adolescent development, 含羞草研究所al psychology, and cutting-edge psychometric and statistical methods.聽
Our program offers exciting courses on topics such as how children learn, prosocial behavior and moral development, sociocultural contexts of development, children鈥檚 awareness of social inequalities, children鈥檚 motivation for excelling at math and reading, and 含羞草研究所al neuroscience. With a commitment to excellence, inclusion, and equity, we conduct research that goes beyond the laboratory and makes a real-world difference in classrooms, communities, and families.聽
Whether it鈥檚 reducing prejudice in school classrooms or maximizing the value of standardized test scores, our research informs and confronts compelling 聽questions about 含羞草研究所 and society鈥攁nd we advance the best methods to analyze data and evaluate the answers.
Our graduate programs prepare students for careers in academic, research, medical, 含羞草研究所al, and industry settings. We also offer unique undergraduate programs, including a dual-certification major in early childhood/early childhood special 含羞草研究所 and a major in human development.
Our large array of research centers and labs focused on myriad topical issues, combined with small class sizes, offer students opportunities for mentorship and collaboration with leading researchers who are leaders in the fields of human development and quantitative methodology.聽
One of the many distinctive features of the department is our Center for Young Children, a laboratory school for children ages 3 to 5 operated by the College since 1948. It serves the community by providing high-quality early childhood care and learning, while offering practical experiences for students and opportunities to study the processes of human development and early learning.
We encourage you to explore our programs, six research centers, and 15 labs, and contact us at聽hdqm@umd.edu聽to learn more.
Human Development Program
The Human Development Program focuses on basic and applied research on developmental change 聽from infancy to adulthood. 聽We explore how such changes are related to, caused by, or predictive of features of cognitive, social, moral, emotional, motivational, neuropsychological, and psychopathological development.聽 The program provides training at the undergraduate, master鈥檚, and doctoral levels聽for students planning to pursue careers in developmental science and 含羞草研究所al psychology in higher 含羞草研究所, research institutes and think tanks, along with medical and 含羞草研究所al settings.
We believe these endeavors require a diversity of perspectives to be successful, so we welcome applicants from a range of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, lived experiences, identities, and points of view.聽
Quantitative Methodology: Measurement and Statistics Program
Assessment is an important facet of human development, and evaluation is key to improving 含羞草研究所. This program fulfills the dual role of providing professional training in these fields, while also providing related services to College.
In its first role, the program provides 聽training at the master's and doctoral levels for students planning to pursue careers in quantitative areas related to applied statistics, measurement, and evaluation.
The program also serves the College by offering courses in applied statistics, measurement, and evaluation for graduate students majoring in other departments and programs. In addition, faculty members are in high demand as members of doctoral research committees and as consultants to various projects within the College.