Child and Adolescent Development (M.S. to Ph.D., Ph.D.)
Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus
The Child and Adolescent (CAD) content area focuses on understanding how to support optimal development for children and adolescents and their families. Students complete coursework that includes developmental theories, research methods and advanced statistical analysis, socio-emotional development, cognitive development, and parent-child interactions. The doctoral program in CAD focuses primarily on theory and research training for graduates interested in pursuing academic and research careers.
The Department of Human Development and Family Science has a limited number of graduate assistantships and fellowships available for students applying for full time study on the Blacksburg campus. Entering students can apply for such funding as part of their admissions application. No separate application required.
*Fall: January 5
*Fall: January 5
*Deadline for admission with full consideration for funding: January 5
Our Graduate Students
What You'll Study
Students in the CAD focus take courses taught by CAD faculty, as well as faculty in other Human Development content areas, psychology faculty, and other faculty with expertise in research methods and statistical analysis. Students who complete the Ph.D. in the CAD area acquire a breadth of research training, equipping them to conduct independent research using a range of methodological and analytical expertise. Student programs of study typically include courses in:
- Theories of Human Development and Family Science
- Parent-Child Interaction
- Socio-emotional Development
- Cognitive Development
- Sequence of statistics classes
Child Development Center for Learning and Research
The philosophy of the CDCLR is grounded in social constructivist theory. This theoretical view holds that knowledge and understanding are constructed through social interactions. Classrooms are inherently social places where teachers and children negotiate curriculum together. Our aim is to offer a developmentally appropriate environment in which children are given opportunities to make choices, pursue their own questions, interests and concerns, connect what is known and unknown, and be successful as they explore and discover through play, informal learning investigations and projects.
We are a child development research group interested in young children's emotions as well as the role that parents play in their children’s lives. This website has been designed to inform parents, students, and professionals about our research interests.
We are a research group at Virginia Tech. Our goal is to connect cognitive development and digital media technology to explain and support children’s learning.
In the Virginia Tech Learning and Development Lab, we conduct research to understand mechanisms of learning and determine how to optimize the learning environment to improve children's understanding of key concepts. The lab's primary focus is within the domain of mathematical cognition in early and middle childhood. We also conduct research on the application of cognitive science principles within educational settings, broadly.
Child and Adolescent Development Research Focus
The theoretically captivating research questions examined by the Child and Adolescent Development faculty have employed rigorous analytic techniques that have resulted in publications in top-tier academic journals including Child Development, Developmental Psychology, Journal of Adolescent Psychology, and Social Development. Human Development and Family Science faculty across the focus areas of Adult Development and Aging, Child and Adolescent Development, Family Studies, and Marriage and Family Therapy often collaborate on research and service projects. Graduate students are often a part of research projects and subsequent publications through collaborations with HDFS faculty and faculty in other departments such as Psychology.