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Applied Developmental Psychology Postbaccalaureate Certificate

Institute of Child Development
College of Education and Human Development
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Contact Information
Institute of Child Development, 51 East River Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-0526; fax: 612-624-6373).
  • Students will no longer be accepted into this program after Fall 2017. Program requirements below are for current students only.
  • Please see the M.A. in Applied Child and Adolescent Development instead of this certificate program.
  • Program Type: Post-baccalaureate credit certificate/licensure/endorsement
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • Length of program in credits: 21
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Appl Developmental Psychology PBacc Certificate
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.
The certificate in applied developmental psychology allows graduate students to study and experience applications of developmental science issues, policies, and problems concerning children and child development at the local, state, and national level. Through the combination of theory and field experience, students learn how to help solve pressing real-life problems and to improve the lives of children. The 21-credit program explores such topics as ethical issues in applied developmental psychology; media and children's programming; nutrition and hunger; accidents and safety issues; children in the judicial system; the design and role of children's museums; and the development of children's toys, games, and recreational activities. Professionals in this field need to develop an in-depth understanding of how public policy affects children's lives, how to make pure research comprehensible and practical without losing its complexity, and how to work in interdisciplinary teams.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Admission to this program is currently suspended.
Special Application Requirements:
Admission is based primarily on the applicant's academic record, GRE scores, and research experience.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
    • Total Score: 6.5
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
CPSY 8360 Section 7 (2 cr) gives an overview of applied developmental science problems and provides a framework for the second two components of the program. CPSY 8301 (4 cr) and 8302 (4 cr) are the core courses in developmental psychology covering biological, cognitive, and social aspects of development. They are fundamental to understanding the developmental perspective. CPSY 8996 (5 cr) integrates and applies information learned in coursework. The course is individually designed based on each student's prior experience and interests. Students focus on practical and/or public policy applications of developmental research in settings such as the Search Institute, the Minnesota Children's Museum, the guardian ad litem program in the local courts, the Center for 4-H Youth Development, and the National Institute on Media and the Family. This field experience may be taken in one to three semesters or a summer session, but must be at least 5 credits and total 188 hours. A major paper describing the field experience and integrating relevant basic research literature with practical availability taking place in the field setting is expected. Electives (6 cr) may include 5xxx or 8xxx courses approved by the training directors and chosen to complement the student's area of interest.
Required Courses
Students must take CPSY 8360 for 2Cr. and CPSY 8996 for 5 Cr.
CPSY 8360 - Special Topics in Developmental Psychology (1.0-3.0 cr)
CPSY 8301 - Developmental Psychology: Cognitive Processes (4.0 cr)
CPSY 8302 - Developmental Psychology: Social and Emotional Processes (4.0 cr)
CPSY 8996 - Directed Field Experiences in Child Psychology (1.0-6.0 cr)
Electives (6 cr) may include 5xxx or 8xxx courses approved by the training directors and chosen to complement the student's area of interest.
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CPSY 8360 - Special Topics in Developmental Psychology
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Intensive study in specialized areas of developmental psychology. Topics/credits vary. prereq: Doctoral student
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 8996 - Directed Field Experiences in Child Psychology
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Emphasizes field experiences focusing on intellectual and/or social development of children as individuals or members of groups; may include interactions with children in natural settings, or research on applied topics or with atypical populations. prereq: Doctoral student, instr consent