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Child Development Certificate

This 15-credit certificate will provide the core information and competencies for students interested in pursuing the field of child development. Students will be provided with a broad overview of the developmental processes underlying child and adolescent development. It will be useful for psychology majors as well as for adult and traditional students taking courses part-time for career tracks working with children and adolescents. This certificate may also serve as the gateway to a minor or major in psychology.

Requirements:
Part A provides students with a broad overview of human development across the lifespan, including the consideration of change in one's physical, intellectual, personality, and social domains, and the influence of contexts of development (e.g., the family, school, peers, and culture) within each domain. Part B equips students with specific skills related to child and adolescent psychology. Two additional courses from the program list below will be used to meet students’ specific needs. Note that all psychology courses require the prerequisite of PSYCH 100, Introduction to Psychology.

Students must have a C or better in each certificate course, and at least one course must have been completed in or after spring 2012.


A. You must take one of the following (3 credits):
HD FS 129 Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies (GS) 3 credits  
PSYCH 212 Introduction to Developmental Psychology (GS) 3 credits  

B. You must take two of the following (6 credits):
PSYCH 410 Child Development 3 credits  
PSYCH 412 Adolescence 3 credits  
PSYCH 476 Child Psychopathology 3 credits  

C. You must take two additional courses (6 credits); choose 2 of the following courses:
EDPSY 014 Learning and Instruction 3 credits  
HD FS 229 Infant and Child Development (GS) 3 credits  
PSYCH 221 Introduction to Social Psychology (GS) 3 credits  
PSYCH 238 Introduction to Personality Psychology (GS) 3 credits  
PSYCH 256 Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (GS) 3 credits  
PSYCH 413 Cognitive Development 3 credits  
PSYCH 414 Social and Personality Development 3 credits  
PSYCH 473 Behavior Modification 3 credits  
       
  Total 15 credits  

 

To apply for this certificate, complete the Application for Certificate Completion Form.

Contact:
Dr. Charisse Nixon
Associate Professor of Psychology

814-898-6041
cln5@psu.edu

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