• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
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The Master's programme in Clinical Child, Family and Education Studies from Utrecht University 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 innov


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’).

  • Orthopedagogical Care for Children, Youth and Parents (direct client contact)
  • Orthopedagogical Systems & Innovation (indirect client contact)

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:

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

Focus on other scientific disciplines

As 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 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.


 Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Critical Analysis Of Special Education Issues
  • Master: Academic Professional Orthopedagogy
  • Master Internship Orthopedagogy
  • Master Thesis Orthopedagogy
For more information please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    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.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

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).

Academic Requirements

  • Besides TOEFL, IELTS and CAE, also Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE - at least Grade C) is accepted as a proof of English Proficiency.
  • You have a Bachelor’s degree in Pedagogical Sciences from a non-Dutch university with an individual course programme in Orthopedagogy supplemented by cursory education in the area of diagnostics and treatment.
  • You are able to demonstrate knowledge and insight of: the into main stream theories used in clinical child, family and education studies and perspectives from the social sciences in general and can adequately apply these; theories and perspectives regarding diagnostic assessments and treatment for children, adolescents, parents and/or teachers, and can adequately apply these.
  • You are able to analyze, synthesize and interpret information in scientific articles in the area of social and behavioral science issues in general and clinical child, family and education issues in particular; and you have the ability to design, implement, statistically analyze and interpret the data gathered from scientific research in this area.
  • You have knowledge and insight into methods and techniques related to research in social and behavioral science. Preferably, but not exclusively, applied to clinical child, family and education issues.
  • 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15575 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15575 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

For more information about tuition fees and exemptions have a look at the programme website.

Living costs for Utrecht

  • 900 - 1450 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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:

  • Utrecht Excellence Scholarships
  • Holland Scholarships
  • Orange Tulip Scholarships
  • Canadian student loans
  • Fulbright / NAF
  • US Federal Loans
  • Erasmus+ Master loans

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