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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 129Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies (GS)3 credits 
PSYCH 212Introduction to Developmental Psychology (GS)3 credits 

B. You must take two of the following (6 credits):
PSYCH 410Child Development3 credits 
PSYCH 412Adolescence3 credits 
PSYCH 476Child Psychopathology3 credits 

C. You must take two additional courses (6 credits); choose 2 of the following courses:
EDPSY 014Learning and Instruction3 credits 
HD FS 229Infant and Child Development (GS)3 credits 
PSYCH 221Introduction to Social Psychology (GS)3 credits 
PSYCH 238Introduction to Personality Psychology (GS)3 credits 
PSYCH 256Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (GS)3 credits 
PSYCH 413Cognitive Development3 credits 
PSYCH 414Social and Personality Development3 credits 
PSYCH 473Behavior Modification3 credits 
    
 Total15 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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