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Undergraduate Major Psychology Child and Adolescent Development

Choose a career that lets you make a difference in the lives of children. Learn how kids grow and develop from birth through adolescence. Get the hands-on experience you need to work with young people in a variety of settings, from schools to clinics to hospitals. Prepare yourself to enter a competitive graduate program in psychology or the social sciences. Introducing SNHU's Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Child and Adolescent Development.

By choosing the concentration in child and adolescent development, psychology majors gain an in-depth understanding on the unique physical, social, psychological and cognitive needs of young people. The program stresses experiential learning, so you'll have plenty of opportunities to gain real-world experience by doing internships, a practicum or research and volunteer projects. In fact, in many courses you can even choose to work in the field over writing a research paper. Your professors will work with you to find opportunities that best match your interests.

Internships & Outcomes

Before you graduate you'll create an e-portfolio that highlights your experiences in the program, from what you learned in the classroom to how you applied it in the real world. You'll be able to use this to help get into a graduate program or show your value to an employer.

Curriculum

Courses for the program, which are offered on campus, on location and online, are relatively small. Expect about 15-20 students in the child and adolescent concentration classes and the upper level psychology courses - more for the introductory psychology courses.

Most professors keep classes highly interactive by encouraging participation in class discussions and assigning group-based projects. And many professors invite students to participate in special research projects to gain even more professional experience.

Courses To Prepare You For Your Career

SNHU's bachelor's in child and adolescent development program includes:

  • General education
  • Degree-specific courses

General Education Program

Our programs are designed to equip you with the skills and insights you need to move forward. In recent years, employers have stressed the need for graduates with higher order skills - the skills that go beyond technical knowledge - such as:

  • Writing
  • Communication
  • Analysis
  • Problem solving

All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes. Through foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.

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Campus Undergraduate Costs

Our Manchester campus aims to keep tuition and related costs low for our students so that you can pursue your degree and your goals. More than 90% of our students receive some form of financial aid, and students who qualify could receive up to $20,000 in grants and scholarships.

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.