Program Overview

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 online over the course of 2 years.  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 is currently accepting applications on a rolling basis now until June 2022.  For more information and to get on the interested applicant list for updates, email Dr. Lauren Trakhman at

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.