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Master of Science in Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology


The field of child and adolescent development is incredibly diverse and can offer many career directions—whether it’s working with the helping professions, industry, government, for-profit or nonprofit organizations. The Master of Science in Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology program helps prepare you for a career with, or advocating for, children, adolescents, and their families.

Throughout your studies, you will have an opportunity to take an in-depth look at developmental stages and explore how the impacts of family, school, peers, society, and culture intertwine and affect the development of children and adolescents. The MS in Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology program seeks to expose students to a deep understanding of physical, cognitive, gender, and socioemotional development that is acquired through critical analysis of research, as well as the theories of development that have arisen from this research. Students will also learn about child and adolescent psychopathology and get an in-depth understanding of ADHD as well as Autism spectrum disorders. At the culmination of this MS program, you have the option of completing an internship of 100 hours working in the field. This gives you the opportunity to demonstrate a wide range of professional competencies, and apply what you have learned in your studies to develop real world applicable skills.

Career Potential*

  • Behavior Analyst
  • Clinical Case Manager
  • Family / Behavioral Therapist
  • Family / School / General Social Worker
  • Health Educator / Coach
  • Mental Health Educator
  • Mental Health / Behavioral Counselor
  • Mental Health Assistant
  • Social / Human Services Manager
  • Youth Counselor / Worker
  • And many more, in public and private facilities of all different sizes!
*Positions may require additional experience,training and other factors beyond successfully completing this degree program. Many roles may also require state licensure, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all licensure requirements are met.

Program at a Glance

Total Credit Hours: 30 Credit Hours
Courses: 10 Courses
Recommended Completion Time: 20 Months
Next Start Date: Every Monday
Classroom Size: One

Note on Licensure: NCU’s psychology programs are not licensure programs, and do not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology or counseling professional. Students in the MS in Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology program may choose a non-clinical internship.