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The Masters of Arts in Child Development (MACD) provides broad postgraduate preparation for careers in child and adolescent-related professions, special education, early care and education, child/adolescent guidance, and a variety of youth-related social service careers.  The MACD teaches how to critically assess and treat children with behavioral, emotional, and learning issues. You will examine the effects of family life, culture, and poverty on a child's development. You will also learn to design, implement, and evaluate appropriate interventions in holistic child development.  The programme combines theory-based research with hands-on practice working with young children. The programme takes a very interdisciplinary approach by examining all facets of child development and learning. Classes cover subjects such as sociology, psychology, anthropology, education, and social work in working with children and their families. The coursework often involves a great deal of research and reading. Common child development subjects that are studied include: 

  • Perspectives in Child and Adolescent Development
  • Child and Adolescent Development from Ecological and Cultural PerspectivesResearch in Child Development
  • Child and Family 
  • Policy Design and Analysis
  • Child Protection Theory and Practice
  • Child Theology and the African Context
  • Project Development, Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation
  • Management of Child Focused Organisations
  • Ministry to Children with Disabilities
  • Early Childhood Development 
  • Writing for Children
  • Child Counselling
  • Advanced Ethics

 

Duration: This course is run as a modular programme targeting busy practitioners and is covered in two years. The first year has three modules in three sessions of four weeks each. The second year has supervised postgraduate-level research, field placement, and dissertation writing.

 

Courses Offered

 

Prospective Students

 

MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicants should hold at least a second class degree or its equivalent in a child-related study discipline, such as Child Development, Social Work, Community Development, Education, Psychology, or Christian Ministry.
  • All applicants must pass an interview conducted by the UCU faculty.
  • All applicants will be required to submit reference from their church leaders.

 

Timetables

Bachelors - September intake

Masters - September intake

 

Staff

 

University-wide Staff Resources

 

To find contact information for our Faculty staff, use the public Uganda Christian University directory. The links below provide pathways for staff resources and information. More information can be found on the websites of each faculty or in the Staff & Administration section of the main website.

 

Click here Faculty Staff Directory for resource.

 

Course Details

 

 

Name

Course Code

LH

PH

CU

Year One, Module One

       

Perspectives in Child and Adolescent Development

MCD 41101

29

 38

4

Early Childhood Development

MCD 41102

29

38 

4

Advanced Ethics

MCD 41103  15  18  2

Child and Family

MCD 41104

15

18

2

Child Theology and the African Context

MCD 41105

29

38 

4

Total

 

117

 75

21

Year One, Module Two

       

Policy Design and Analysis

MCD 41201

29 

38 

4

Researach Methods MCD 41202 29  38 4

African Biblical Hermeneutics for Children

MCD 41203

15 

18 

2

Child Counseling, Assessment, and Intervention Skills MCD 41204 15 18  2

Project Development, Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation

MCD 41205

29

38 

4

Management of Child-Focused Organisations

MCD 41206

15

18 

2

Total

   132 84

18

Year One, Module Three

       

Ministry to Children with Disabilities

MCD 41301

29

38 

4

Child and Adolescent Development from Ecological and Cultural Perspectives

MCD 41302

29

 38

4

Facilitation for Child Development

MCD 41305

15

18

2

Writing for Children

MCD 41304

15 

18  2

Child Protection Theory and Practice

MCD 41305

29

38 

4

Total

 

117

75 

16

Year Two

       

Dissertation or Research Paper

MCD 41306

 

 

 

Practicum in Child and Youth Care

41307

 

 

 

 

 

Research

Research in Child Development

 

The Child Development Children Ministries (CDCM) Department developed a comprehensive targeted and focused research agenda in June 2015.  This is a key pioneering milestone in meeting the requirement of the 2014 UCU research policy; for development of a research agenda on a periodic basis, based on priorities of academic departments and faculties.  This UCU child development research agenda is a consolidated framework to guide the focus of Child Development (CD) research by faculty, students, inter-faculty collaboration at UCU, and with strategic external collaborative partners.  It has the following strategic objectives:

 

  • Excellence in education and training: Improving the teaching of child development graduates with capacity, outlook, and motivation for applied research in service and career development
  • Faculty development:  Research training and career development for staff (further training, published research, etc.)  This will strength teaching, consultancy, and outreach activities
  • Inter-/multi-disciplinary: Research and training in multifaceted dimensions of child development and constructed on the platform of biblical worldview or purposively placed under the spotlight of Christian perspectives
  • Inform and influence Child Development policy and practice: At all levels (family/community; institutional/faith-based settings/civil society, local and national government, regional, international)
  • Nurture the institutional profile of UCU:  Through CD research and its dissemination as a credible child development education, training, and research Centre
  • Mobilize resources:  Consultancy also brings income to the university and staff members concerned.

 

UCU Child Development Research Agenda 2015-2020: Priority Themes

 

1. Child development curriculum development research

2. Children access to social services

3. Children and law reform 

4. Adolescents challenges as they transition into adulthood

5. Child nurture (parenting) and family impact on child development 

6. Child health and nutrition

7. Holistic child nurture, protection, and development through the church ministry

8. Violence against children – its determinants and impacts; its prevention and mitigation

9. Child and adolescent development and media

10. Child protection: Policy development, analysis, implementation, and evaluation