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Master's Programs

Prevention Science and Practice

In the Prevention Science and Practice (PSP) Program, you will explore the many risk and protective influences on child and adolescent development, and learn how to design strengths-based interventions that promote well-being across academic, social-emotional, and health domains. 

The central mission of PSP is to prepare graduates with the skills and knowledge necessary to promote positive, healthy development, and academic achievement.

Senior Lecturer Mandy Savitz-Romer, faculty director

The many strengths of PSP include:

  • Cohort and Community – During your time at HGSE, you will have the opportunity to learn alongside a diverse group of peers who have a shared passion for education and an intellectual curiosity that will help transform the field. You will develop strong bonds and a supportive learning community through participation in various cohort and community-building, virtual activities hosted by your program, student organizations, and HGSE faculty and staff.
  • Internships and Fieldwork – Fieldwork provides a lot of value to your academic experience, providing real world applications of new knowledge and theory. A core tenet of PSP is the integration of research and practice. Although the specific details regarding fieldwork in the Prevention Science and Practice program are still being finalized, fieldwork will continue to be an important part of the PSP and HGSE learning experience. Logistical and other program details are subject to modification for academic year 2020-2021. However, there will be an opportunity for students in PSP to participate in field learning locally to students’ residence. We will be working with alumni and K-12 partners to expand opportunities. 

Curriculum Information

HGSE and its faculty are launching a series of schoolwide courses, designed to take advantage of active learning and the latest research findings about how to nurture powerful learning experiences online. These schoolwide courses address a range of critical topics that respond to today’s societal circumstances, including leadership and organizations, inclusive and effective teaching, education policy, and more. Your courses are being redesigned to provide the best that digital learning has to offer, combining asynchronous and synchronous learning experiences and an unparalleled curriculum. Program-specific courses will be offered in a variety of formats: seminars, tutorials, classes of varying sizes and models for collaboration and learning, field-based experiences, and more. 

PSP’s curriculum reflects the interdisciplinary nature of prevention science and practice. The curriculum is rigorous but flexible, structured in a way that focuses on the healthy development of children and adolescents. In this program, you will study core concepts and topics, ranging from development and advocacy, to school counseling and social, emotional and cognitive development across the lifespan, to program management and school partnerships. In addition, addressing structural inequality and violence, fostering strength-based programming, caring for ourselves and each other, and advocating for educational equity and justice are all central to our work in Prevention Science and Practice. You will complete 32 credits in total, with access to courses across HGSE, including the new set of schoolwide courses, and other parts of Harvard University.

Licensure Disclosure: Certificate of Advance Study in Counseling leads to professional licensure in the state of Massachusetts. Harvard has not determined whether the program meets the educational requirements for professional licensure in any state other than Massachusetts.

Program Faculty

HGSE consists of a faculty of the whole and students can work with and take courses with faculty throughout HGSE and Harvard. The faculty that PSP students most often work with include:

Alumni & Student Profiles

PSP graduates are working to improve the academic, social-emotional and health outcomes of students in a variety of professional and academic settings. Alumni who graduated with the C.A.S. in Counseling are working in public, charter, and independent schools across the as school counselors, adjustment counselors, or school social workers. Prevention and Research graduates draw on their prevention science background to, work for youth social service agencies, nonprofit organizations, research organizations, out-of-school time programs, and policy-oriented nonprofits. PSP is also excellent preparation for a doctorate degree, and several of our alumni now teach and conduct important research at colleges and universities worldwide.

Ella Wechsler-Matthaei

A Matter of Will: Ella Wechsler-Matthaei, PSP'20

The Intellectual Contribution Award recipient for Prevention Science and Practice reflects on her time at HGSE and looks toward the future.

Lisa Nam

Lifting Student Voices: Lisa Nam, PSP'19

The Intellectual Contribution Award recipient for Prevention Science and Practice reflects on her time at HGSE and looks toward the future.

Apply to HGSE’s Master’s in Education online degree program, for fall 2020 enrollment.

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