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What will I learn?

Childrearing is not always easy. The Master’s programme in Clinical Child, Family and Education Studies (in Dutch: Orthopedagogiek) emphasizes the childrearing needs of children, youth and parents. As a remedial educationalist, you can diagnose, treat and help prevent childrearing and development problems at home and/or in an institution. Moreover, you can contribute to the innovation of pedagogic care systems.

This Master’s programme will train you to become a competent professional so you are able to analyse and influence problematic childrearing situations and it will enable you to contribute to the innovation of pedagogic care systems.

Preparing for the labour market

In the programme you will learn to research practical questions from an orthopedagogical viewpoint. This will enable you to help families and their surrounding networks (schools, neighbourhood teams, etc.). Following completion of the programme you can register as a general remedial educationalist and work as a behavioural scientist in various institutions for orthopedagogical care and childrearing issues.

Possible fields in which you can work include:

  • youth services
  • forensic care
  • disabled care
  • child rehabilitation
  • student care
  • educational institutions
  • national knowledge institutes for childrearing issues

Objective of the programme

This Master’s will enable you to develop yourself into an academic professional. Armed with scientific insights and competences, you will give advice, support, treatment and guidance concerning problematic childrearing issues. As a remedial educationalist, you will also make an important contribution to the research of practical care issues related to children and youth. You will be able to apply scientific theories in practice. Thanks in part to you, children, youth, their parents and the systems surrounding them will function to their optimum potential.

Two tracks are available:

  1. Care for Children, Youth and Parents. This Track 1 entails a clinical internship and therefore you must be able to speak Dutch. You’ll need to apply for these internships yourself, based on the institutions that are listed in our ‘internship database’. All internships fulfill the requirements of the Dutch (Professional) Association of Educationalists (NVO) for post master education in The Netherlands and many allow you to report on your diagnostic assessments for three cases as required for the Basic Registration in Diagnostics.
  2. Care for Children, Youth and Parents: a transnational perspective. You will practice your clinical skills, such as problem analysis and the use of diagnostic assessment tools and you will work with systematic intervention protocols from a transnational perspective, as part of our clinical skills lab. You will also participate in the course Frontiers in Clinical Child, Family and Education Studies: research at Utrecht University and transnational comparisons. This unique and interactive course is offered by top researchers in the field of Clinical Child, Family and Education Studies at Utrecht University from the Child and Adolescent Studies (CAS) and Education and Learning (EL) groups.

Careers:

As a remedial educationalist, you can work in a variety of sectors. A few examples of employers: child welfare institutions, advisory and support services for schools, social pedagogy centres, medical toddler day care, boarding institutions, pedagogical consulting practices, pediatric and child psychiatric clinics and hospitals, national knowledge institutes, Centre for Youth and Family, Municipal Health Service.

Examples of job positions which you can fulfill are: treatment coordinator, diagnostician, consultant, policy support.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
€17,078.00 (13,95,261) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Utrecht University

Heidelberglaan 8,

Utrecht Science Park / De Uithof,

Utrecht,

3584, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

MSc Track: Knowledge/ competence in the field of European law and a bachelor degree in Economics or sufficient knowledge of economics including knowledge/competence in the fields of: Microeconomics; Mathematics; Industrial organization and Competition Policy; Corporate Finance; Econometrics or Advanced Statistics. English language requirements: IELTS, Academic Module. Minimum score: 7.0 overall band, at least 6.0 for all components. TOEFL, iBT. Minimum score: 96, at least 23 for writing and 20 for the other sections. Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, at least a B grade. Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, at least a C grade.

For international students

You have knowledge and insight into theories and perspectives from the social sciences in general and pedagogical sciences in particular, and can adequately apply these.

You have knowledge and insight into theories and perspectives in the area of (ortho)pedagogical diagnostics and treatment and can adequately apply these.

You are able to analyse, synthesise and interpret information in scientific articles in the area of social science issues in general and pedagogical issues in particular.

You are able to set up, implement, statistically analyse and interpret the data gathered from scientific research in the area of pedagogical issues – preferably, but not exclusively, geared towards problematic childrearing situations.

You have knowledge and insight into methods and techniques related to social science research – preferably, but not exclusively, applied to pedagogical issues – and can adequately apply these.

Requested previous education

Specifically, graduates with a Bachelor’s degree in Pedagogical Sciences from Utrecht University with an individual course programme in Orthopedagogy or a degree from the Academic Teacher Training Programme for Primary Education (ALPO) supplemented by cursory education in the area of diagnostics and treatment. Any other Bachelor’s degrees with similar orientations will be assessed by the admissions committee.

Requested previous education

Graduates with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from a non-Dutch university that fulfils the above requirements in terms of level, orientation and scope will be admitted. This will be assessed by the Admissions Committee.

Other English language requirements: Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, at least a B grade; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, at least a C grade.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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