Psychology
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Applied Developmental Psychology Concentration

The concentration in applied developmental psychology focuses on child development. It provides basic knowledge about normal development, skills for assessing developmental level, and techniques for planning and evaluating programs that foster optimal development. Graduates are prepared for employment at agencies concerned with educational and health programs for children, enrichment programs for infants and preschoolers, and education programs for parents.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

In addition to satisfying the requirements for all master's degrees, students pursuing a master's degree in psychology must successfully complete 30-46 credits of required course work.  They complete this coursework in one of six concentrations.

A maximum of 6 credits of thesis proposal and thesis research (PSYC 798799) may be applied to the master's degree. A maximum of 9 credits of thesis courses (798, 799), Directed Reading and Research (PSYC 597), and Practicum (PSYC 792) may be applied to the degree. 

◊ Concentration in Applied Developmental Psychology (APD)

The concentration in applied developmental psychology focuses on child development. It provides basic knowledge about normal development, skills for assessing developmental level, and techniques for planning and evaluating programs that foster optimal development. Graduates are prepared for employment at agencies concerned with educational and health programs for children, enrichment programs for infants and preschoolers, and education programs for parents.

Two core courses (6 credits)

One required course (3 credits)

PSYC 704 - Life-Span Development Credits: 3

One additional course (3 credits) chosen from any of the areas below:

Social psychology

PSYC 667 - Behavior in Small Groups and Teams Credits: 3

PSYC 668 - Personality: Theoretical and Empirical Approaches Credits: 3

PSYC 703 - Social Bases of Behavior Credits: 3

Biological psychology

PSYC 558 - Neuronal Bases of Learning and Memory Credits: 3

PSYC 559 - Behavioral Chemistry Credits: 3

PSYC 702 - Biological Bases of Human Behavior Credits: 3

Cognitive psychology

PSYC 701 - Cognitive Bases of Behavior Credits: 3

PSYC 768 - Advanced Topics in Cognitive Science Credits: 3(except when this course is exclusively methodological)

Two courses (7-8 credits) of quantitative methods

PSYC 611 - Advanced Statistics Credits: 4 and either

PSYC 612 - Advanced Statistics or PSYC 754 - Quantitative Methods III: Psychological Applications of Regression Techniques Credits: 3

Two courses (6 credits) of specialized content

One or two courses (3-6 credits) chosen from the following:

PSYC 566 - Cognitive and Perceptual Development Credits: 3

PSYC 615 - Language Development Credits: 3

PSYC 630 - Developmental Disabilities Credits: 3

PSYC 648 - Developmental Psychopathology Credits: 3

PSYC 669 - Social and Emotional Development Credits: 3

PSYC 780 - Applied Developmental Psychology Credits: 3

PSYC 592 - Special Topics Credits: 1-6(when the content is developmental, with approval of advisor)

Other developmental courses chosen with approval of advisor

A maximum of one course (0-3 credits) chosen from:

PSYC 614 - The Psychology of Aging Credits: 3

PSYC 617 - Child Psychopathology Credits: 3

PSYC 619 - Applied Behavior Analysis: Principles, Procedures, and Philosophy Credits: 3

Thesis research or practicum experience (4 credits) chosen from one of these options:

Thesis (4 credits)

The thesis includes a combination of PSYC 798/799. Per the University Catalog, at least 3 hours must be 799; these 3 hours must be taken the first semester in which PSYC 799 is registered. Thus, this is generally a combination of 1 credit of PSYC 798 and 3 of PSYC 799.

Students should be aware of the policies governing theses. They must follow the thesis enrollment policy of the university and once enrolled in PSYC 799, maintain continuous enrollment. See Academic Policies.

PSYC 798 - Thesis Proposal Credits: 1-6

PSYC 799 - Master's Thesis Credits: 1-6(minimum of 3 credits)

Practicum (4 credits)

PSYC 792 - Psychology Practicum Credits: 1-6(take 3 credits)

PSYC 597 - Directed Reading and Research Credits: 1-6(take 1 credit)

Professional seminar (2 credits)

Students should take 1 credit in fall and 1 credit in spring of their first year.

PSYC 890 - Seminar in Professional Psychology Credits: 1-3

Electives (4-5 credits)

Elective credits should be chosen in consultation with your advisor.  Elective credit can be taken via content courses, further practicum, directed reading, or research credits, or further thesis credits (i.e. more than 4 credits). Electives may also come from other departments although these often require permission of the instructor.

Total: 30 credits

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