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MS in Child & Adolescent Developmental Psychology

Northcentral University's Master of Science in Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology is designed to prepare students for careers where they work with or advocate for children, adolescents, and their families. Continue reading to learn more about this online graduate degree program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Prospective students of the MS in Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology program should enjoy working with children and may have some previous psychology education or experience. All applicants to Northcentral University's online graduate programs should already possess a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Northcentral University's Master of Science in Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology program provides students with an in-depth study of the physical, psychosocial, and gender development of children and adolescents. Additional courses cover child and adolescent psychopathology and neurodevelopmental disorders, including ADHD and autism spectrum disorders. In addition, students can study ethical principles of child and adolescent developmental psychology, psychological research methods, and prenatal and early childhood development. The program concludes with either a capstone project or a non-clinical internship. The 100-hour internship allows students to demonstrate the knowledge that they have acquired during this program.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length/Total Credits Required:

30 credits

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available to qualifying students. Graduate students may apply for Federal Stafford Loans or the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan. Military personnel and veterans may qualify for special assistance or tuition reduction.

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

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Northcentral University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Required Courses (30 credits)

  • PSY 5701: Foundations of Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology
  • PSY 5702: Pre-Natal and Early Childhood Development
  • PSY 5703: Child and Adolescent Development
  • PSY 6704: Child and Adolescent Gender Development
  • PSY 5107: Research Design
  • PSY 6705: Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
  • PSY 5706: Ethics in Development Psychology
  • PSY 5110: Applied Statistics
  • PSY 6708: ADHD and Autistic Spectrum
  • Students choose one:
    • PSY 6709: Capstone in Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology
    • PSY 6710: Internship in Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

NCU's Master of Science in Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology program provides students with the foundational skills to enter the workforce, or students may choose to continue their studies in order to prepare for counseling or psychologist positions. Some of the doctoral degree programs that students could consider include:

  • Ph.D. in Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology
  • Doctor of Psychology

Career Paths:

After successfully completing this program, graduates could be prepared for a variety of non-clinical psychology careers working with children and monitoring their development and/or behavior. They may seek positions with schools, healthcare organizations, mental health facilities, non-profit organizations, and other settings where they can assist or advocate for children and adolescents. Some of the job titles that graduates could consider might include:

  • Developmental behavioral specialist
  • Youth advocate
  • Family crisis case manager
  • Youth program director
  • Intervention advocate

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