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MS in Psychology - Child and Developmental Psychology

Professionals interested in expanding their knowledge of child psychology and adolescent development for possible career advancement purposes might consider a master's degree program offered by Southern New Hampshire University. Read on for more information about the Master of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Child and Developmental Psychology program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Child and Developmental Psychology

School Offering Program:

Southern New Hampshire University

Program Prerequisites:

Aspiring students of the Master of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Child and Developmental Psychology program might have some experience working with children in a clinical setting and/or have an academic background in counseling or psychology. Applicants to Southern New Hampshire University must have earned a bachelor's degree to seek admission into this master's program.

Program Description:

The curriculum of Southern New Hampshire University's Master of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Child and Developmental Psychology program offers students the opportunity to study various theories and methods pertaining to developmental psychology. All courses are taken online. Subjects discussed in required coursework include brain processes in cognitive development, emotional and social factors in child development, intervention methods, personality theories, social psychology, and professional ethics. A seminar included in the program is designed to help students build a deeper understanding of strategies and concepts discussed throughout the coursework. In the final capstone course, students develop a thesis addressing a current topic in child and adolescent development.

Learning Format:

Online

Financial Aid Available:

Federal financial aid is available to those who qualify. Contact the SNHU Financial Aid office to learn more about your financial aid options.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Psychology with a Concentration in Child and Developmental Psychology:

Required Courses

  • PSY 510: Research Methods in Psychology I
  • PSY 520: Research Methods in Psychology II
  • PSY 530: Social Psychology
  • PSY 540: Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY 550: Measurement and Assessment
  • PSY 560: Theories of Personality
  • PSY 570: Ethical Practice in Psychology
  • PSY 790: Capstone in Psychology

Child and Developmental Psychology Concentration Courses

  • PSY 632: Developmental Psychology
  • PSY 634: Cognitive Neuropsychology
  • PSY 636: Intervention Strategies
  • PSY 638: Child & Developmental Psychology Seminar

The online master's in Psychology degree program requires individuals to have earned a BA/BS in Psychology or a bachelor's degree in another discipline and have completed undergraduate coursework in the following three areas:

  • Introduction to psychology
  • Social science statistics
  • Research methods in a social science

For those who do not meet the minimum requirements, the following courses may be required:

  • PSY 500: Foundations of Psychology
  • SCS 501: Foundations in Statistics
  • SCS 502: Foundations in Research Methods

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates who wish to pursue management opportunities or academic careers might consider pursuing a doctoral degree after completing the Master of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Child and Developmental Psychology program. Some positions in the child development and psychology fields might require possession of a doctoral degree. Degrees graduates could pursue include but are not limited to:

  • Ph.D. in Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Psychology

Career Paths:

Upon completion of Southern New Hampshire University's Master of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Child and Developmental Psychology program, graduates could be prepared to assume greater responsibilities or explore more advanced opportunities in the psychology field. Positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Group Home Coordinator
  • Developmental Services Worker
  • Developmental Behavioral Specialist

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