Ph.D. LCID Specialization in Human Development

Program Details

Area(s) of Study:
  • Human Development
Associated Degree:
  • Ph.D.
  • On-Campus
Program Level:
  • Doctoral
Program Type:
  • Degree


The specialization in Human Development within the Learning, Cognition, Instruction, and Development concentration is focused on the study of human development and learning across the life span. Coursework encompasses basic and applied topics in child development and application of developmental principles to early intervention and schooling at all age levels.

Our students are encouraged to explore diverse research methodologies and to take advantage of the outstanding resources in developmental psychology across the Rutgers community as they design their program of study with their faculty mentor. Current faculty research includes:

  • language development in infancy;
  • cognitive development in early and middle childhood; and
  • gender similarities and differences in academic achievement.


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Proseminars (6 credits)
Required Research (6 credits)
Methodology (12 credits) Concentration (18 Credits)
Cognate Courses (6 Credits) Dissertation (24 credits)

Program Requirements

The Ph.D. in Education requires 48 credits of coursework and 24 credits of dissertation research. All students in the Learning, Cognition, Instruction, and Development concentration take a common set of courses, accumulating 18 credits within the concentration, of which 6 credits must be classes within the concentration but outside the faculty adviser’s specialty.

A complete listing of degree requirements is available for download or at the Office of Student and Academic Services.

If you have more specific questions about this concentration, please contact Lorraine D. McCune.