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PhD in Developmental Psychology - Child & Adolescent Development

Walden University's online Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology with a specialization in Child and Adolescent Development is designed to teach students to identify trends and issues in child and adolescent development. Learn more about Walden University's PhD program.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology with a specialization in Child and Adolescent Development

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Program Level:

Doctoral

Program Prerequisites:

Students applying to the online Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology with a specialization in Child and Adolescent Development program at Walden University will need advanced abilities in research and writing, established communication skills, and hold at least a 3.0 GPA. This program requires a master's degree in developmental psychology or psychology or a master's degree in another field and an ambition to work with the developmental needs of children and adolescents. All applicants to Walden University's graduate programs must have an undergraduate degree; some programs may have additional admission requirements.

Program Description:

The online Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology with a specialization in Child and Adolescent Development program at Walden University allows students to gain an in-depth understanding of growth and behavior in children and adolescents through research and practice. The courses are designed to work with learners who already have an academic background in developmental psychology/psychology or are interested in creating positive change with children and teens in their communities and families. Students can take part in four face-to-face Ph.D. residencies preparing them for their dissertation. Those participating in the online Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology with a specialization in Child and Adolescent Development program could explore subjects such as developmental psychopathology, diversity in child / adolescent development and learning, behavior analysis, and culture and psychology.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

80 or 110 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the form of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Walden University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology with a specialization in Child and Adolescent Development:

All students enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology with a specialization in Child and Adolescent Development program at Walden University must complete one foundation course, four residencies, three specialization courses, and their dissertation in addition to research and core courses. This program has two curriculum tracks to degree completion depending on the student's type of master's degree. Learners enrolled with a master's degree in a field other than developmental psychology/psychology are asked to complete 15 additional credits in research and core courses. Degree programs and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Doctoral Writing Assessment (0 credits)

  • Students will be automatically enrolled upon admission to the following course:
    • Doctoral Writing Assessment

Foundation Courses (3 credits)

  • Foundations For Graduate Study in Psychology

Core Courses (25 credits)

  • Students with a master's in developmental psychology/psychology take the following courses:
    • Development in the Digital Age
    • Gender and Development
    • Language and Cognitive Development
    • Social and Emotional Development
    • Research Foundations

Core Courses (40 credits)

  • Students with a master's in an unrelated field must take the following courses:
    • Themes and Theories of Developmental Psychology
    • Development in the Digital Age
    • Lifespan Development
    • Gender and Development
    • Language and Cognitive Development
    • Social and Emotional Development
    • Social Psychology
    • Culture and Psychology

Research Courses (10 credits)

  • Students with a master's in developmental psychology/psychology take the following courses:
    • Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
    • Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis

Research Courses (25 credits)

  • Students with a master's in an unrelated field must take the following courses:
    • Research Theory, Design, and Methods
    • Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
    • Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
    • Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis
    • Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis

Specialization Courses (15 credits)

  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Diversity in Child / Adolescent Development and Learning
  • Principles / Conceptual Foundations of Behavior Analysis for Children and Adolescents

Residency Requirements

  • Students must complete 4 PhD residencies:
    • PhD Residency

Dissertation Support Courses (7 credits)

  • Writing a Quality Prospectus in Psychology
  • Literature Review

Doctoral Dissertation (20 credits)

  • Students must enroll a minimum of 4 times continuously in the following course:
    • Dissertation

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

A Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology with a specialization in Child and Adolescent Development from Walden University prepares graduates to use their knowledge of human development to enhance the lives of children and adolescents. Graduates can work in schools, communities, and with families from diverse backgrounds. Graduates may be interested in the following career paths:

  • Human services advocate
  • School administrator
  • Community organizer

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