Psychology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Other Concentrations

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.

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 30-32

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Choose one concentration and complete the requirements therein.

For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

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.

Core Courses

PSYC 704 Life-Span Development 3
Select one course from any of the following areas: 3
Social Psychology:
 
Behavior in Small Groups and Teams  
Personality: Theoretical and Empirical Approaches  
Social Bases of Behavior  
Biological Psychology:
 
Neuronal Bases of Learning and Memory  
Behavioral Chemistry  
Biological Bases of Human Behavior  
Cognitive Psychology:
 
Cognitive Bases of Behavior  
Advanced Topics in Cognitive Science 1  
Total Credits 6
1

Except when this course is exclusively methodological.

Quantitative Methods 

PSYC 611 Advanced Statistics 4
One of the following 3-4
Advanced Statistics  
Quantitative Methods III: Psychological Applications of Regression Techniques  
Total Credits 7-8

Specialized Content 

One to two courses selected from the following: 3-6
Cognitive and Perceptual Development  
Language Development  
Developmental Disabilities  
Developmental Psychopathology  
Applied Developmental Psychology  
Special Topics 1  
Other developmental courses chosen with advisor approval
 
Select a maximum of one course from: 0-3
The Psychology of Aging  
Child Psychopathology  
Applied Behavior Analysis: Principles, Procedures, and Philosophy  
Total Credits 6
1

When content is developmental, with approval of advisor.

Thesis Research or Practicum Experience

Thesis

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

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 Master's Thesis, maintain continuous enrollment. See Academic Policies.

Select 4 credits from the following: 4
Thesis Proposal  
Master's Thesis (minimum of 3 credits)  
Total Credits 4
Practicum
Select 4 credits from the following: 4
Psychology Practicum (take 3 credits)  
Directed Reading and Research (take 1 credit)  
Total Credits 4

Professional Seminar

Two credits of 1 2
Seminar in Professional Psychology  
Total Credits 2
1

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

Electives

Select 4-5 credits in consultation with your advisor 4-5
Total Credits 4-5

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. 

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