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Top Child Psychology Programs: List of Top Schools

Learn about the top child psychology programs in the US, including two of the leading universities to offer such specialized programs. Read on for school information and rankings as well as program details and curriculum.

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Schools Overview

The following two schools represent some of the best degree programs in child psychology available. Both universities offer doctoral programs, and one of them offers a bachelor's degree program. The schools, which have been independently ranked by U.S. News and World Report, offer programs accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Read on for more information about two of the best child psychology degree programs offered in the U.S.

Best Schools for Child Psychology

1. University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

In 1925, the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota (U of M) pioneered the study of child psychology and development in the United States. U.S. News and World Report named U of M's graduate psychology program eighth best in 2009 ( In 2010, Princeton Review ranked the school on its Best Midwestern Colleges list ( The Ph.D. program is accredited by the APA.

The school offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Child Psychology with a strong research focus. Students can specialize in child development areas such as cognitive, language, perception, social and personality development, as well as neuroscience and psychobiology. Those pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical child psychology may focus on child developmental psychopathology.

U of M also offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Child Psychology, both of which prepare students for further study in the field. Coursework teaches students about adolescent disabilities, infant development, child psychology and language development.

2. University of Kansas in Lawrence

KU was ranked the 40th best graduate psychology program by U.S. News and World Report in 2009 and is accredited by the APA.

The Clinical Child Psychology Training Program offers a Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology. The program coursework draws from the applied behavioral science and psychology departments. Its focus is research and teaching students how to clinically evaluate and treat children and adolescents. Classes include child psychopathology, family therapy, ethical and legal issues, cultural diversity and social concerns.

Good Child Psychology Programs

College/University Name Distinction Location
Azusa Pacific UniversityThe bachelor's degree in psychology program offers child life specialist, and family and child concentrations Azusa, CA
Bryn Mawr College Home to the Bryn Mawr Child Study Institute Bryn Mawr, PA
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at ChicagoOffers online M.A. in Psychology with a child and adolescent concentration Chicago, IL
Nova Southeastern UniversityGraduate students gain clinical experience in child and family services through the school's psychological services center Fort Lauderdale, FL
Pace University - New York Home to Parent-Child Institute at Pace University-New York City New York, NY
Texas Christian University Home to the TCU Institute of Child Development Fort Worth, TX
The University of Alabama Offers six practicum training program options for doctoral students studying clinical child psychology Tuscaloosa, AL
University of Detroit Mercy Offers a developmental psychology major plus a M.A. in Psychology with a child clinical concentration Detroit, MI
University of Kansas Doctoral program was ranked #6 in the country by U.S. News and World Report in 2013 Lawrence, KS
University of Minnesota - Twin CitiesOffers one of the oldest programs of its kind in the nation, established in 1925 Minneapolis, MN
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