BA Psychology: Child & Adolescent Development
Online Degree

Psychology - Child and Adolescent Development Online Degree from SNHU

Is a Child Psychology Degree Online Right For You?

When you enroll in SNHU's child psychology degree online, you are starting down a career path that will enable you to make a positive difference in the lives of children. In this child development degree, you will learn how kids grow and develop from birth through adolescence and get the hands-on experience you need to work with young people in a variety of settings, from schools to clinics to hospitals. Southern New Hampshire University's online BA in Psychology with a Concentration in Child and Adolescent Development will also prepare you to enter a competitive graduate program in psychology or the social sciences.

By choosing the Concentration in Child and Adolescent Development, psychology majors gain an in-depth understanding of the unique physical, social, psychological and cognitive needs of young people. Completing internships, practicums, research or volunteer projects will give students plenty of real-world experience as part of the program’s experiential learning focus. In many courses you can even choose working in the field over writing a research paper. Your professors will work with you to find opportunities that best match your interests.

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Why an Online Child Psychology Degree at SNHU?

In the child psychology degree program, you will learn from faculty who are practicing professionals. The knowledge they pass on to you - both the theoretical and practical aspects of child development - can be applied to real world challenges.

Courses for this child psychology degree - online and on location - are highly interactive. Our faculty encourages active participation in class discussions and many professors invite students to participate in special research projects to gain even more professional experience.

Child Development Degree Program Outcomes

While many online child psychology degree graduates pursue a master's degree in psychology, or go to work as counselors in schools or clinics, your career options are much broader. Because of the program's strong foundation in the liberal arts and emphasis on experiential learning, you'll graduate with a broad set of skills you can apply in a variety of careers - particularly positions that require an in-depth understanding of interpersonal relationships and human development. When you graduate with a BA in Psychology with a Concentration in Child and Adolescent Development from Southern New Hampshire University, you'll leave with the following:

Broad Knowledge of Key Principles and How to Apply Them
You'll not only learn major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in psychology, you'll discover how to apply them in real-world settings through internships, research projects and other experiential learning opportunities.

Proficiency in Research Methods
You'll learn how to apply fundamental research methods in psychology, including research, design, data analysis and interpretation.

Ability to Think Critically
You'll discover how to use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and the scientific approach to address behavioral and cognitive issues.

Interpersonal Communication Skills 
You'll hone your written and oral communication skills so you can better understand and connect with individuals.

Sociocultural and International Awareness
You'll learn how to recognize and understand the complexity of sociocultural and international differences and how they influence individual behavior.

Solid Foundation in Professional Values and Ethics
You'll be expected to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically and reflect other important values that serve as cornerstones of the field of psychology.

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Transfer of Credit

If you're a student who wants to transfer to SNHU or if you simply want to finish what you’ve started, we try to make transferring as easy as possible. We will accept up to 90 transferred academic credits and we automatically complete an official credit evaluation as part of the application review process.

Required Core Courses

MAT-240: Applied Statistics
This is a fundamental course in the application of statistics. In this course, students will learn to apply statistical techniques to a variety of applications in business and the social sciences. Students will learn how to solve statistical problems by hand and through the use of computer software. Topics include probability distribution functions, sampling distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing and linear regression.

School of Arts and Sciences Required Courses

BIO-210: Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
Discussion/comparison of the principles of mammalian form and function. Includes molecular and cellular mechanisms of major processes (such as muscle contraction, neural transmission, and signal transduction) and examines the structure and function of the 11 organ systems of the human body. Laboratory exercises (BIO-210L) to follow lecture topics.

Select two of the following:

JUS-101: Introduction to Criminal Justice
This course covers the nature, scope and impact of crime in the United States, independent and interdependent operations and procedures of police, courts and corrections, and introductory theories of crime and delinquency. The course introduces the justice model in a systematic way whereby students delve into the numerous components of the justice system including law enforcement, legal and judicial process and correctional operations. Career opportunities will be fully covered throughout the course.
JUS-325: Law, Justice and Family
A full-fledged review of the justice system's response to the establishment and maintenance of family in the American culture. How the family is defined, its heritage of rights and protections and the differentiated roles of parent and child are central considerations. Further review includes a look at family dissolution, divorce, custody and support disputes and the ongoing problems of visitation. The emerging problems of spousal and child abuse will be keenly analyzed and how the legal systems provide protection from these abuses will be closely scrutinized.
JUS-468: Crimes Against Children
This is a course that examines criminal activity targeted against children. The course will focus on the physical and sexual abuse, neglect, kidnapping, and sexual exploitation of children. Students will explore methods of identifying victims, investigating offenders, and court presentation of criminal cases. Special attention is focused on the dynamics of the relationship between victims and offenders and how that is a factor in the investigation and prosecution of criminal acts.
JUS-485: Forensic Law
An interdisciplinary course covering law, criminal justice, science, and technological issues in the evidentiary arena. Coverage in the course provides a broad-based assessment of expert witnesses, microanalysis, pathological evidence, admissibility and investigatory practice, ballistics, fingerprints, vascar/radar, and photographic techniques. Contrasted with criminalistics, subject matter of this course is primarily evidentiary. More particularly, the course will delve into the rules of evidence, which guide the admissibility of forensic evidence in a court of law. Examination includes threshold tests for reliability and admissibility, qualification of witnesses competent to testify, scientific rigor required for admission and case law determinations on the use and abuse of scientific evidence.
POL-210: American Politics
This course offers a broad introduction to the structure and function of the American political system at the national level, including the roles played by the president, Congress, the courts, the bureaucracy, political parties, interest groups and the mass media in the policy- making and electoral processes. This course places special emphasis on how the efforts of the framers of the Constitution to solve what they saw as the political problems of their day continue to shape American national politics in ours.
POL-306: The American Legal Tradition
This course offers a broad introduction to the American legal tradition, including the structure and function of the courts, the legal profession, legal education, and the politics of judicial selection. As an introduction to what it means to "think like a lawyer" in the United States, students learn how to write parts of a predictive legal memorandum of the type that first-year law students learn how to write, in which they analyze a legal issue of concern to hypothetical clients by applying the reasoning and conclusions in selected judicial opinions to the facts of the clients' case.
GOV-110 or POL-210
SCI-215: Contemporary Health
This course exposes students to the three major dimensions of health -- physical, emotional and social. Health, nutrition, substance abuse, infectious diseases and stress management are among the issues that will be discussed. Students will learn to intelligently relate health knowledge to the social issues of our day. For students on program plans/catalogs prior to 2012-13; this course does not satisfy the university core science requirement.
SOC-213: Sociology of Social Problems
Students in this course analyze contemporary social problems in America and other societies. Issues include economic limitations, class and poverty, race and ethnic relations, sexism, ageism, and environmental and population concerns. Offered every year.
SOC-317: Sociology of the Family
This course is a sociological examination of the family institution in America and other societies. Traditional and nontraditional family patterns are studied to provide students with a structure for understanding sex, marriage, family and kinship systems. Offered every other year.
SOC-320: Sociology of Gender
The examination of gender in society. Students will explore the social construction of gender, gender identity development, sexuality and power, and other aspects concerning the meanings and implications of being 'male', 'female', or 'transgendered'.
SOC-326: Sociology of Deviant Behavior
This course is a sociological analysis of the nature, cause, and societal reactions to deviant behavior, including mental illness, suicide, drug and alcohol addiction and sexual deviation. Offered every other year.
SOC-328: Sociology of Aging
Students in this course examine the basic social processes and problems of aging. Social and psychological issues and issues involved with death and dying are discussed. Offered every other year.

Major Courses

PSY-108: Introduction to Psychology
This course provides students an introduction to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Students prepare for more advanced concepts in upper-level Psychology courses by learning the basics of how to evaluate research and exploring various areas of specialization within the discipline. Offered every semester.
PSY-223: Research I: Statistics for Psychology
How do psychologists organize, summarize, and interpret information? Students in this course study applications of statistical methods in psychological research and practice. The emphasis of the course is on the conceptual understanding of statistics so that students can read and conduct psychological research; those skills will be applied to students' original projects in Research Methods II: Methodology & Design. Computation of tests will be conducted on the computer. Students will build upon statistical knowledge and develop an in-depth conceptual and practical understanding of hypothesis testing, tests of significance, standardization, correlation, and analysis of variance in a wide variety of psychological uses. Students will learn the theory of statistical decisions, practical application of statistical software, and how to analyze journal articles. This course typically should be completed during the first semester of the sophomore year.
PSY-224: Research II: Scientific Investigations
Students in this course will develop an understanding a variety of research methods, including experimental, survey, correlation and case-history techniques. They will become aware of the strengths and weaknesses of each method and understand when each method is best used. Offered every year. Writing intensive course.
PSY-108 or PSY-108H and MAT-240 or MAT-245
PSY-444: Senior Seminar in Psychology
This capstone course integrates previous classroom and practical experience with a focus on current issues in psychology. This course likely will include cross-cultural aspects of psychology, ethics, recent career trends in psychology and other topics dictated by current events in psychology. Coverage may change over time, but the basic focus on integrating the past and anticipating the future for psychology seniors will be the major concern. Offered every year. Writing Intensive Course.
PSY-224 and three from: PSY-211, 215, 216, 257, 30

Select four of the following:

PSY-211: Lifespan Development
The purpose of this course is to engage students in meaningful exploration of theories, basic concepts, and research methodologies in psychological development. Students will gain an understanding of patterns of human development from conception through death, including the biological, cognitive, and social-emotional development and the interplay between these areas. This course will also explore the roles of environmental and genetic factors, culture and history, continuity and change in development. Offered every semester.
PSY-108 or PSY-108H
PSY-215: Abnormal Psychology
This course offers students an opportunity to better understand human behavior. It also studies the similarities and differences between normal and abnormal reactions to environmental stimuli. Offered every year.
PSY-108 or PSY-108H
PSY-216: Psychology of Personality
Personality is studied using theories, applications, and individual and group patterns of behavior formation. Offered every year.
PSY-108 or PSY-108H
PSY-257: Social Psychology
Social psychology is an interesting, dynamic study of how people's thoughts, feelings and actions are affected by others. Issues discussed include prejudice, conformity, interpersonal attraction and violence. The scientific methods of studying such phenomena are emphasized. Offered as needed.
PSY-108 or PSY-108H
PSY-300: Biopsychology
This course explores how the brain influences our behaviors, thoughts, and feelings. Topics include: evolution, genetics, anatomy and function of the nervous system, psychopharmacology, brain dysfunction, neuropsychological testing, sleep and circadian rhythms, neuroplasticity, emotions, and mental illness.
PSY-108 or PSY-108H
PSY-305: Cognitive Psychology
Cognitive psychology focuses on mental processes; we explore research and theory relating to memory, thinking, problem-solving, and language. Applied topics will include learning skills to help improve memory, accommodating memory/language disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease and dyslexia, and understanding how brain scanning techniques can be used to understand memory.
PSY-108 or PSY-108H

Child and Adolescents Concentration Courses

PSY-314: Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence
This course focuses specifically on an introduction to the classification of disorders of childhood and adolescence and the treatment approaches that currently are available. Knowledge students obtain in PSY 215 is essential for understanding the etiology and manifestation of these disorders, as well as the impact on the individual, family and society. Current field research and case studies will be used. Offered as needed.
PSY-108 or PSY-108H and PSY-211
PSY-321: Issues in Childhood Development
This course focuses on psychological development from infancy through late childhood. Research and theoretical perspectives will be used to help students understand contemporary issues central to childhood development, including: biological, cognitive, and social-emotional characteristics of development and the interplay between them. A highlight of this course is that we will apply developmental psychology to current issues. Please note that this class replaces PSY-311.
PSY-108 and PSY-211
PSY-322: Issues in Adolescent Development
Adolescence is a fascinating time of life because of the many psychological and physical changes that occur, as well as the cultural and historical issues surrounding these changes. This course focuses on psychological development from pre-adolescence through emerging adulthood. Research and theoretical perspectives will be used to help students understand contemporary issues central to adolescence, including: puberty, cognition, morality, identity, relationships, sexuality, school, work, culture, and challenges faced by adolescents. Adolescence will be discussed both as a distinct stage of life, and as an integral component of development across the life span.
PSY-108 and PSY-211

Select one of the following:

PSY-201: Educational Psychology
This course emphasizes the nature of human learning, with a study of the concepts of readiness, motivation, retention, individual differences, development, reasoning and measurement in relation to the learning process. Consideration of the psychological principles of testing and learning technology are also emphasized. Offered as needed. Writing intensive course.
PSY-108 or PSY-108H
PSY-230: Psychology of Individual Differences and Special Needs
This course provides knowledge and understanding of exceptional children and adolescents. The approach is theoretical and practical. Offered as needed.
PSY-108 or PSY-108H
PSY-291: Experiential Learning
?This course is an entry-level, experience-based course that focuses on community psychology, career opportunities, and academic direction. Through a minimum of 60 volunteer hours to be completed during the term and 8-10 hours of coursework per week, students deepen their understanding of mental health and community-based human services. Application for placement must be completed before the end of the previous semester/term.
PSY-108 or PSY-108H Must be enrolled in Psychology
PSY-315: Counseling Process and Techniques
This course examines the history and philosophy of specific helping professions in the fields of psychology, sociology and human services. Several broad theoretical perspectives will be studied and applied in role-play situations. Offered as needed.
PSY-108 or PSY-108H, and PSY-216
PSY-319: Social Development: Child and Adolescent
The purpose of this course is to expose students to theory and research concerning infants', children's, and adolescents' social and personality development. This course will focus on how individuals become members of their social world, including how we conceptualize the social world, interact with parents and caretakers, develop social relationships with peers, and interpret, analyze, and respond to cultural messages and ideologies. We will discuss these issues through analysis of the theoretical and research literature.
PSY-335: Assessment and Testing
Students in this course will become aware of the use and abuse of psychometric techniques. Specific techniques that currently are used will be introduced and understood. While knowledge about specific tests may be somewhat limited, students will obtain knowledge and the types of tests and techniques available. Offered every year.
PSY-108 or PSY-108H, and MAT-240 or MAT-245
PSY-480: Independent Study
This course allows the student to investigate any psychology subject not incorporated into the curriculum. Offered as needed.

Free Elective Credits: 30

Total Credits: 120

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