Child Psychology Requirements

Psychology Concentration: Child Psychology
Degree Requirements

As an alternative to the General Psychology curriculum, psychology majors may elect to pursue a concentration in Child Psychology. The Child Psychology concentration offers a strong foundation in current theory and research in the field of child psychology. This concentration will be of interest to students planning careers in areas such as child therapy, child advocacy, education, or school psychology. The concentration is also appropriate for students planning to enter graduate school in child psychology or related areas.

Students who enrolled at Eastern in Fall 2013 or later

The minimum 46 hours of course work in psychology (exclusive of PSY 100) completed by students following the Child Psychology curriculum must satisfy the course requirements listed below. All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise specified.

Recommended courses to meet LAC
BIO202/203Human Biology (Lecture/Lab, T1NS)
Courses Required of All Psychology Majors
Students should follow this course sequence
PSY101Introduction to the Major (1 credit)
PSY227Behavioral Science Statistics (4 credits, C or better required)
PSY247Research Methods I (4 credits, C or better required)
PSY327Research Methods II (4 credits, C or better required)
PSY419History and Systems
PSY402Current Research in Child Psychology
Required Course
PSY205Learning
Developmental Courses
Students must complete two courses from the following list
PSY204Psychology of the Infant and Toddler
PSY206Psychology of Childhood
PSY208Psychology of Adolescence
Individual Differences
Students must complete this one required course
PSY302Child Psychopathology
Biological Bases of Behavior
Students must complete one course from the following list
PSY318Sensation and Perception
PSY418Physiological Psychology
PSY430Human Neuropsychology
Specialized Courses
Students must complete three courses from the following list
PSY230Family Psychology
PSY306Cognitive Psychology
PSY316Applied Behavior Analysis
PSY407Learning II: Theories and Issues
PSY410Psychological Tests and Measurements
PSY435Controversies in Child Psychology
PSY460Special Topic Seminar
PSY480/490/491/496/497/498Independent Study or
Teaching Assistantship or
Research Assistantship or
Psychology Internship: Group or
Psychology Internship: Individualized or
Research Field Experience
Elective
Students should complete any one psychology course as an elective

Students who enrolled at Eastern in or after Fall 2010,
but before Fall 2013

The minimum 46 hours of course work in psychology (exclusive of PSY 100) completed by students following the Child Psychology curriculum must satisfy the course requirements listed below. All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise specified.

Recommended course to meet LAC
BIO202/203Human Biology (Lecture/Lab)
Courses Required of All Psychology Majors
Students should follow this course sequence
PSY101Introduction to the Major (1 credit)
PSY227Behavioral Science Statistics (4 credits, C or better required)
PSY247Research Methods I (4 credits, C or better required)
PSY327Research Methods II (4 credits, C or better required)
PSY419History and Systems
PSY402Current Research in Child Psychology
Required Course
Students must complete this one required course
PSY205Learning
Developmental Courses
Students must complete two courses from the following list
PSY204Psychology of the Infant and Toddler
PSY206Psychology of Childhood
PSY208Psychology of Adolescence
Individual Differences
Students must complete this one required course
PSY302Child Psychopathology
Biological Basis of Behavior
Students must complete one course from the following list
PSY318Sensation and Perception
PSY418Physiological Psychology
PSY430Human Neuropsychology
Specialized Courses
Students must complete three courses from the following list
PSY230Family Psychology
PSY306Cognitive Psychology
PSY407Learning II: Theories and Issues
PSY410Psychological Tests and Measurements
PSY435Controversies in Child Psychology
PSY460Special Topic Seminar
PSY496/497Psychology Internship: Group or
Psychology Internship: Individualized
Elective
Students should complete any one psychology course as an elective

Students who enrolled at Eastern in or after Fall 2008,
but before Fall 2010

The minimum 39 hours of course work in psychology (exclusive of PSY 100) completed by students following the concentration in the Psychology of Children and Youth must satisfy the course requirements listed below. All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise specified.

Recommended course to meet LAC
BIO202/203Human Biology (Lecture/Lab)
Courses Required of All Psychology Majors
Students should follow this course sequence
PSY101Introduction to the Major (1 credit)
PSY227Behavioral Science Statistics (4 credits, C or better required)
PSY217Research Methods I (C or better required)
* This course is now PSY 247, and is 4 credits *
PSY327Research Methods II (4 credits, C or better required)
PSY419History and Systems
PSY402Current Research in Child Psychology
Required Courses
PSY205Principles of Learning
PSY302Child Psychopathology
Child Development
Students must complete two courses from the following list
PSY204Psychology of the Infant and Toddler
PSY206Psychology of Childhood
PSY208Psychology of Adolescence
Professional Courses
Students must complete three courses from the following list
PSY300Educational Psychology (no longer offered)
PSY306Cognitive Psychology
PSY325Health Psychology
PSY407Learning II: Theories and Issues
PSY410Psychological Tests and Measurements
PSY418Physiological Psychology
PSY430Human Neuropsychology
PSY460/496/497Seminar in Psychology or
Psychology Internship: Group or
Psychology Internship: Individualized

Students who enrolled at Eastern before Fall 2008

Please contact your faculty advisor for your degree requirements.

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