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Campus-Based 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.


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 Life & Career

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

  • General education courses
  • Degree-specific courses

General Education Program

SNHU's required general education program, known as The Commons, aims to guide you toward success in not only your academic career, but your personal and professional life too.

Throughout the curriculum, you'll gain some of the most in-demand skills in today's workplace, including:

  • Research and information analysis
  • Diverse audience communication
  • Critical thinking and ethical problem solving
  • Leadership, emotional intelligence and collaboration

This expertise will prove practical, transferable and invaluable as you grow in your career and contribute positively to society.

Beyond foundational skill development, the general education program also provides the benefit of allowing you to explore a wide range of fields outside of your intended major.

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Campus Undergraduate Tuition

Our Manchester campus aims to keep tuition and related costs low for our students so that you can pursue your degree and your goals.

University Accreditation

New England Commission of Higher Education 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.