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Developmental Psychology MA

Institute of Child Development
College of Education and Human Development
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  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • Length of program in credits: 30
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Arts
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
Note: The Institute of Child Development does not offer admission for this master's degree. Only current developmental psychology PhD students may choose to complete this master's degree (Plan B) during their progress toward the PhD. Students seeking an applied master's in developmental psychology should consider the Institute of Child Development's applied MA in child and adolescent development.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
Note: The Institute of Child Development does not offer admission for this master's degree. Students may choose to complete this master's degree (Plan B) during their progress toward the Ph.D.
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan B: Plan B requires 22 major credits and 0 credits outside the major. The final exam is written. A capstone project is required.
Capstone Project:The Plan B project is written and corresponds with the student's first year research project requirement.
This program may not be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
Major Courses
CPSY 8301 - Developmental Psychology: Cognitive Processes (4.0 cr)
CPSY 8302 - Developmental Psychology: Social and Emotional Processes (4.0 cr)
CPSY 8304 - Developmental Research Methods (3.0 cr)
CPSY 8307 - Prelim Seminar (1.0 cr)
Statistics Sequence
EPSY 8251 - Statistical Methods in Education I (3.0 cr)
EPSY 8252 - Statistical Methods in Education II (3.0 cr)
Special Topics and Advanced Seminars
Take 2 or more course(s) totaling 4 or more credit(s) from the following:
· CPSY 8360 - Special Topics in Developmental Psychology (1.0-3.0 cr)
· CPSY 8606 - Advanced Developmental Psychopathology (3.0 cr)
· CPSY 8607 - Developmental Neurobiology of Stress and Emotion (3.0 cr)
· CPSY 8608 - Clinical Intervention with Children (3.0 cr)
 
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CPSY 8301 - Developmental Psychology: Cognitive Processes
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Perceptual, motor, cognitive, and language development, and biological bases of each. Conceptual framework of research issues. prereq: Doctoral student, instr consent
CPSY 8302 - Developmental Psychology: Social and Emotional Processes
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Normative issues and individual differences in social development from infancy through adolescence. Emphasizes developmental psychopathology, life span considerations. prereq: Doctoral student, instr consent
CPSY 8304 - Developmental Research Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Review of research strategies and designs for conducting research in developmental psychology, as well as strengths and weaknesses of each. Students will learn to (a) communicate about empirical research, (b) critically review methods used in empirical studies, and (c) design research to maximize knowledge gained, while recognizing its limitations.
CPSY 8307 - Prelim Seminar
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Prepare for written preliminary examination during summer of second year of doctoral study. Critically discuss issues/ themes in field using key readings suggested by faculty/past readings from core child development doctoral courses. prereq: Child psychology PhD student in second year of study
EPSY 8251 - Statistical Methods in Education I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02313
Prerequisites: [EPSY 5261 or equiv] or undergrad statistics course
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Statistical Methods in Education I is the first course in an entry-level, doctoral sequence for students in education. This course covers estimation and hypothesis testing with a particular focus on ANOVA and an introduction to multiple linear regression. Prepares students for EPSY 8252/8262. prereq: [EPSY 5261 or equiv] or undergrad statistics course
EPSY 8252 - Statistical Methods in Education II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02314
Prerequisites: [8251, 8261 or equiv]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Statistical Methods in Education II is the second course in an entry-level, doctoral sequence for students in education. This course focuses on multiple linear regression and provides an introduction to linear mixed models. prereq: [8251, 8261 or equiv]
CPSY 8360 - Special Topics in Developmental Psychology
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Intensive study in specialized areas of developmental psychology. Topics/credits vary. prereq: Doctoral student
CPSY 8606 - Advanced Developmental Psychopathology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Alternative formulation of childhood disorders, emphasizing competency training rather than medical nosology. prereq: Doctoral student or instr consent
CPSY 8607 - Developmental Neurobiology of Stress and Emotion
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Maladaptive responses to stress are components of both the etiology and expression of many psychiatric disorders. In addition, individuals differ in their stress vulnerability, with some seeming to thrive despite the odds, and others succumbing to even relatively mild adversity. These individual differences are likely the interactions of genes and experiences; early experiences may be particularly noteworthy.
CPSY 8608 - Clinical Intervention with Children
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
This course is a graduate seminar designed to introduce students to child treatment theory and techniques. The course has two objectives: (1) to introduce students to current clinical theory and research, relevant to clinical practice with children, and (2) to teach students basic clinical skills and interventions that will prepare them for their first child psychotherapy case during their clinical practicum. The course will cover a variety of topics, including the therapeutic relationship and the therapeutic process, an introduction to different modalities of child psychotherapy (with a focus on cognitive-behavioral and behavioral interventions), and ‘real life’ clinical practice issues (working with minority populations, working in a managed care environment, and broader children’s mental health issues).
CPSY 8994 - Research Problems in Child Psychology
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 24.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Individual empirical investigation. prereq: Doctoral student or instr consent