Focus Your Degree on Child and
Learn how to apply psychology research methods, findings and theories in real-world contexts with SNHU's 12-course, 36-credit online child and adolescent development psychology curriculum. The MS in Psychology: Child and Adolescent Development Psychology concentration maps to standards and competencies defined by American Board of Professional Psychology – Child & Adolescent Psychology Core Competencies:
- Science Base and Application
- Interpersonal Interactions
- Individual and Cultural Diversity
- Ethical and Legal Foundations
- Professional Identification
Child Psychology Learning Outcomes
Students taking child psychology courses as part of the MS in Psychology: Child and Adolescent Development Psychology concentration will develop subject matter expertise, empathy, reflectivity, communication, collaboration and an appreciation for alternative perspectives as a fundamental part of the course work.
Child and Adolescent Psychology Outcomes:
- Develop assessment, intervention and consultation strategies that address the unique individual, cultural and psychological needs of children and families.
- Apply psychological theories and methods in the assessment, intervention and prevention of psychological, emotional, psychophysiological and behavioral disorders in children and adolescents.
Courses in SNHU’s online psychology degree programs enable graduates to:
- Advocate for and extend psychology's role and responsibility in promoting agency and the psychological wellbeing of individuals, communities and organizations.
- Adapt to shifting demands and ill-structured problems by critically evaluating the relevance, priority, and appropriateness of various information and potential courses of action.
- Design, conduct and evaluate research through the lens of its potential to advance knowledge in psychology as well as the psychological wellbeing of individuals, communities and organizations.
- Integrate psychological theories, methods and research to generate new knowledge and promote agency and the psychological wellbeing of individuals, communities and organizations.
- Incorporate empathy, reflectivity and an appreciation for collaboration and diversity of perspectives into efforts to promote agency and the psychological wellbeing of individuals, communities, and organizations.
- Protect the integrity and professional responsibility of psychology through the demonstration of ethical comportment in all aspects of the profession.
The MS in Psychology: Child and Adolescent Development Psychology concentration is not a licensure program and does not prepare students to become licensed psychology professionals. Courses prepare students effectively for doctoral-level course work should they decide to pursue a licensure path.
MS in Psychology: Child and Adolescent Development Psychology Concentration Required Courses
PSY-510: Research Methods in Psychology I
In this course, students will have the opportunity to incorporate the methods commonly used in psychological research. As part of these methods, students learn how to gather and analyze data across a variety of settings. These newly acquired skills and techniques will be reinforced by application to a contemporary issue in cognitive psychology.
PSY-520: Research Methods in Psychology II
In this course, students will develop a deeper understanding of the research process and data analysis by applying skills learned in PSY 510 and building on them with new skills and techniques including advanced research design and use/interpretation of higher-level statistical tests (ANOVA, regression, etc.). These newly acquired skills and techniques will be reinforced by application to a contemporary issue in cognitive psychology.
PSY-530: Advanced Social Psychology
This course expands on the student's knowledge of social psychology and includes major topics from that field. The focus of this course is on contemporary social psychology issues and research related to people's interactions with the environment, technology, and society, as well as classic studies and theories in the field including those related to conformity, obedience, identity, and attitudes that remain relevant. Students will evaluate the perspectives, relevancy, and usefulness of social psychology to real world issues and problems.
PSY-540: Advanced Cognitive Psychology
This course expands on the student's knowledge of cognitive psychology and includes major topics from that field. The focus of this course is on contemporary cognitive psychology issues and research related to people's mental processes and how these impact their interactions with the environment, technology, and society, as well as classic studies and theories in the field including those related to memory, language, attention, learning, and decision-making that remain relevant. Students will evaluate the perspectives, relevancy, and usefulness of cognitive psychology to real world issues and problems.
PSY-550: Measurement and Assessment
In this course, students will have the opportunity to learn and apply psychometric techniques commonly used in psychology. This course will instruct students on measurement techniques and strategies for psychological purposes, as well as the analysis and assessment of gathered data.
PSY-510 and PSY-520
PSY-560: Theories of Personality
This course will emphasize contemporary theories, research, and approaches in personality psychology, connecting these to classic theorists such as Freud as well as other historical traditions and perspectives. The past and present impact of these theories within the ever-changing field of psychology will be explored, as well as the impact they have on culturally diverse clients and special populations.
PSY-570: Ethical Practice in Psychology
This course provides a comprehensive overview of the principles of ethical practice within the field of psychology. Topics include experimentation, confidentiality, respect, resolving ethical dilemmas, professional standards of conduct, and the psychology of ethical behavior.
PSY-632: Advanced Developmental Psychology
This course expands on the student's knowledge of developmental psychology and includes major topics from that field. Research and theoretical perspectives are used to help students understand contemporary topics central to childhood and adolescent development, including cognition, biology, social factors, and emotions. Students will evaluate the perspectives, relevancy, and usefulness of developmental psychology to real world issues and problems.
PSY-634: Cognitive Neuropsychology
This course covers the neuropsychological approach in examining the connection between the brain and cognitive processes, as well as dysfunctions, from birth to adolescence. It will explore the techniques used to study the brain and behavior as well as contemporary research and issues in the field.
PSY-636: Intervention Strategies
This course introduces students to the major intervention strategies in child and adolescent development. Contemporary strategies will be covered, and traditional approaches and strategies of the field will be examined as needed. Students will also practice applications of the strategies to real-world scenarios.
PSY-638: Child and Developmental Psychology Seminar
This course is a culmination of the student's work in child and adolescent psychology. It will bring together the skills and knowledge learned in the previous courses and requires that students demonstrate their proficiency in the areas of developmental psychology, cognitive neuropsychology, and intervention strategies.
PSY-790: Capstone in Psychology
This capstone course integrates previous coursework and practical experience with a focus on contemporary issues in the student's chosen concentration in psychology. This course focuses on helping students produce a research proposal on their chosen subject as a culmination of their studies in this graduate program.
Senior standing (30 credits or more)
For those who do not meet the minimum requirements, the following courses may be required:
SCS-501: Foundations in Statistics
The focus of this course is to develop a foundation of basic statistical literacy in students. Students will be able to assess the role of statistics in quantitative research, and mixed methodology as well as develop the competency to perform basic statistical calculations. An awareness of the changing relationship between computation and interpretation will be addressed. Students will focus on the analysis of real-world data and research situations to illustrate the process of interpreting the meaning underlying the data, and how statistics can be utilized to address important questions.
SCS-502: Foundations in Research Methods
In this course, students will examine both the theoretical and applied aspects of research methods and experimental design at the graduate level, which includes qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods that are commonly utilized in social science research. Students will investigate procedures used to gather and analyze data and acquire real-world skills required to design and conduct research in future courses.