Children Are Your Future
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, and 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’ll 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 master’s in child development program, you have the option of completing a 100-hour internship 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.
At Northcentral University, you can earn your MS in Child & Adolescent Developmental Psychology degree online, when it’s convenient for you. And although you attend class online, you still receive the personal support and guidance you deserve thanks to our one-to-one learning model. We also have no residency requirements, no GRE/GMAT requirements, and no group projects. This offers the flexibility you need to fit higher education into your busy schedule.
Program at a Glance
Total Credit Hours: 30 Credit Hours
Courses: 10 Courses
Recommended Completion Time: 16 Months
Next Start Date:Every Monday
Classroom Size: One
MS in Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of Northcentral University’s MS in Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology program, graduates will be able to:
- Synthesize theories and principles applicable to the field of child and adolescent developmental psychology through written communication
- Appraise research methods and data analysis applicable in the framework of child and adolescent developmental psychology
- Investigate empirically supported interventions for research, administration, or practice of child and adolescent developmental psychology
- Employ ethical principles of psychology in academic and professional matters of child and adolescent developmental psychology
- Examine diversity issues in the context of child and adolescent developmental psychology
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.
- Behavior Analyst
- Day Care/Preschool/Child Development Center Director
- Clinical Case Manager
- Family /School /General Social Worker
- Health Educator /Coach
- Mental Health Educator
- Mental Health Assistant
- Social /Human Services Manager
- Youth Counselor /Worker
And many more, in public and private facilities of different sizes!
If you have your sights set on a doctoral degree, the Master’s in Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology gives you the academic experience and knowledge needed to continue into doctoral-level studies.
*Positions may require additional experience, training, and other factors beyond successfully completing this degree program. Depending on where you reside, many positions may also require state licensure, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all licensure requirements are met. We encourage you to also review program-specific requirements with an NCU advisor. Any data provided on this page is for informational purposes only and does not guarantee that completion of any degree program will achieve the underlying occupation or commensurate salary.
The Master of Science degree in Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology requires a total of 30 credits for completion.
The University may accept a maximum of 12 semester credits in transfer toward the Master of Science in Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology for graduate course work completed at an accredited college or university with a grade average of “B” or better. See the Transfer Credit policy for additional information.
- PSY-5703 must be completed at NCU
Graduation requirements for the MS in Child & Adolescent Developmental Psychology vary according to specialization selected.
All NCU master’s degree programs have the following graduation requirements:
- A minimum of 18 credit hours of graduate instruction must be completed through the University
- Completion of subject area competency requirements for the graduate program
- Elective courses must be relevant to the department’s graduate program
- Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (letter grade of “B”) or higher
- Official documents on file for basis of admission: a conferred bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited academic institution
- Official transcripts on file for all transfer credit hours accepted by the University
- All financial obligations must be met before the student will be issued their complimentary diploma or degree posted transcript
If you are interested in taking your education even further, The Master’s in Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology provides the academic experience and knowledge to continue into doctoral-level studies
The Master of Science in Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology program can be completed in 30 credits.
All Master of Science programs require the foundation course to be completed prior to enrolling in specialization courses. If students choose the capstone, this course will be completed as the last course in the degree program.
- PSY-5701 - Foundations of Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology
- PSY-5702 - Prenatal and Early Childhood Development
- PSY-5703 - Child and Adolescent Development
- PSY-6704 - Child and Adolescent Gender Development
- PSY-5107 - Research Design
- PSY-6705 - Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
- PSY-5706 - Ethics in Development Psychology
- PSY-5110 - Applied Statistics
- PSY-6708 - ADHD and Autistic Spectrum
- PSY-6709 - Capstone in Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology - OR - PSY-6710 - Internship in Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology
Why Northcentral University’s Master’s in Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology Online Program?
- Flexible 100% Online Programs: NCU offers online master’s and doctoral programs with weekly courses start every Monday
- Non-clinical internship opportunities
- Career-Relevant Education: Learn independently in our 1:1 learning format, and gain career-relevant skills from 100% doctoral faculty.
- One-to-One Engagement You won't have to fight for face time as one of many within a classroom. At NCU, you'll have the opportunity to interact one-to-one with your professor, receiving personalized mentoring.