The Master’s programme in Clinical Child, Family and Education Studies (in Dutch: Orthopedagogiek) from Utrecht University emphasises 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.
The working language is English
This programme’s working language is English, with the option of completing individual components in Dutch, such as your thesis, internship report or other individual assignments. You can also decide to follow the programme completely in English, along with the international students who are taking our Master’s programme.
We offer you a programme with two specialisations (‘tracks’).
The tracks are distinguished by the content of your internship, thesis and individual electives. In this way you can create a unique profile.
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.). The Master’s programme fulfils the requirements of the Dutch (Professional) Association of Educationalists (NVO) for registration as a general remedial educationalist. 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:
Focus on other scientific disciplinesAs a remedial educationalist you will frequently encounter complex childrearing problems that not only requires knowledge of (ortho)pedagogy but also of other specialisations. You will therefore also devote attention to related scientific fields such as developmental psychology, neuropsychology, child and youth psychiatry, forensic psychiatry and juvenile justice. You will learn to approach childrearing problems from a multi-disciplinary perspective.
Objective of the programmeThis 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.
Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders
You can apply until:
Always verify the dates on the programme website.
For non-EU applicants only: if you need an early admissions decision in order to apply for scholarships, you should submit your application before February 1.
You only need to take one of these language tests:
Minimum required score:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.Book IELTS
Minimum required score (Grade B):
The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.
Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.
Minimum required score:
The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).
You are able to express yourself in proficient English, both orally and in written text, as evidenced by your motivation letter and/or writing sample, and the interview that is part of the selection procedure.
For more information about tuition fees and exemptions have a look at the programme website.
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university. You can begin your search for funding by reviewing the list below, which contains some of the scholarships and loans available to international students:
StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
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