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.
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.
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For more information, please contact Dr. Charisse Nixon, Professor of Psychology, at email@example.com or 814-898-6041.