Developmental Psychology

Career Opportunities

Graduates with an emphasis in developmental psychology address issues facing individuals from birth to death using a foundation of cognitive, behavioral, psychological, and theological approaches. Learners focus on research, assessment, interventions, and application.

This program prepares graduates for careers in education, social services, mental health, and nonprofit organizations, or the pursuit of doctoral-level education.

Coursework

This program features 12 classes at 3 units each, totaling 36 units. Each course meets for eight weeks. The graduate learner typically takes one course at a time completing two classes each semester. The major core component is 15 units in length, while the second component consists of 21 units of a chosen emphasis area.

To earn the M.A. in Psychology, adult learners must complete all of the following courses while achieving a minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0:

Core Courses15 units
APSY 500
Research and Evaluation Methods
3
APSY 510
Tests and Assessment
3
APSY 550
Professional and Ethical Issues
3
APSY 680
Research Project
3
APSY 690
Practicum
3
Emphasis in Developmental Psychology21 units
APSY 530
Motivational Psychology
3
- or -
APSY 540
Personality
3
APSY 560
Group Work
3
APSY 620
Behavioral Assessment, Modification, and Management
3
APSY 630
Cognitive Development, Issues, and Interventions
3
APSY 640
Applied Lifespan Development
3
APSY 650
Child, Adolescent, and Family Issues and Interventions
3
Elective3
Total36 units
Note: This information is current for the 2017 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information.

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