(Closed) Anyone with a MA in Child Development?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I have a Masters in Social Work and a BS in Family Studies & Human Development… so sort of related to what you are doing. I’m currently a foster care social worker. It wasn’t too hard for me to find my job as my internship hired me on after I finished getting my masters. Without a masters, it would be very hard to find a job.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

If you get your MSW, yes. You can always go on from that and get your LCSW (i’m still debating whether to get it now or not). An LCSW (licensed clinical social worker) opens up even more opportunities and more $$. But with your MSW/LCSW, you can do pretty much anything in the social work field (geriatrics, therapy, foster care, medical…). If you get an MFT, you are more limited to doing therapy.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I have an MS in Speech Language Pathology. It’s a little different than what you’re looking for, but still work very closely with families and if you want to go into early development, there are tons of opportunities.

I love what I do, and there are always a lot of jobs!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I don’t have my MA in Child Development but I am working on my MA in Communication Disorders/Speech Pathology.  We have studied all about child development since we have to know the in’s and out’s of what is “typical” in order to spot what is disordered or lacking in development. It’s a fascinating and wonderful field. There are so many avenues you can take with it, as well. You could work with kids or adults, in a school, hospital, rehab center, private practice, nursing home, etc. The pay isn’t bad either! Smile My closest friend in my program right now is a “leveler” like me (meaning we have an undergrad degree in a different field) and received her BS in Psychology as well.  After working 2 years as a special education teacher, she began our MA program.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@pinkandsparkly:  We must have been responding at the same time. SLPs think alike. 🙂

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m an SLP too!!  It’s the best! The scope of practice is huge.  I’m in Early Intervention providing home based services for kids ages birth to 3years old.  There is ALWAYS hiring and you have the option of forming your own private practice!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Ha! Well I think you’ve got the Bees’ push for SLP! I find that MSW and early development are too specific and (ahem) low paying. SLP’s stay in school a little longer, but come out more desireable. Every girl in my graduating class had a job waiting for them after graduation. Up here the average starting pay is between 45k-65k depending on what setting you choose. And I do mean choose…you can litearlly make up YOUR mind of where you want to work, not just work there are jobs available.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@pinkandsparkly:  I agree. My SO has his MSW and while he loves what he does (he went  the macro route and is in the sector of policy writing/revision and grant writing. he’s currently revising the entire policy on adoption in south carolina. ew. lol), he doesn’t make as much as he would like. We met in undergrad when I was considering getting my BA in social work, but ultimately decided to finsih my BA in Spanish. Then I went for my MS in SLP. The current graduating class has been telling the 1st years that they haven’t accepted anything under 60k and that they have multiple recruiters blowing up their phones! It’s definitely a field where you can be picky about where you want to work. 🙂

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@BeeLadylike:  yeah around here you get 60-70k at a SNF, but I went the education route…so I start a little lower but work WAY less.

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