Online Associate Degrees in Child Development Psychology

An online associate degree in child development psychology may equip students with the basic skills needed to work with children on a social and emotional level. In this two-year program, students may learn the theories of child growth and development, how to assist children in critical situations, and how to identify emotional issues in children. Program coursework may include general education classes as well as major-specific courses including general psychology, human development, and childhood development.

Graduates may either seek entry-level employment or continue their studies by enrolling in a baccalaureate degree program. Associate-level graduates may seek employment in education, mental healthcare, juvenile corrections, non-profit organizations, and community wellness programs.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED
  • Program Length: Two years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Entry-Level Employment or Bachelor’s Program
  • Projected Employment Growth: 20% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum for an associate-level degree in child development psychology may include some general education classes alongside major coursework. Students may develop skills needed to work one-on-one with children, understand the theories of child growth, and provide guidance to children with social or emotional issues. Core online child development courses courses may include the following:

  • General Psychology
  • Childhood and Adolescent Development
  • Elementary Statistics
  • Human Development
  • Psychology of Crisis
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Introduction to Abnormal Psychology

Career Options

Associate-level graduates may gain employment in schools, childcare centers, mental health clinics, non-profit organizations, and community treatment centers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities as a childcare development worker are projected to increase by 20% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Psychologist Assistant
  • Childcare Development Worker
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Teacher’s Assistant
  • Juvenile Corrections Officer

Continuing Education

Those who successfully complete an associate degree program in may have the opportunity to further their education by transferring to a four-year baccalaureate degree program. A bachelor’s degree in childhood development psychology may allow students to fully examine the social, mental, and emotional needs of children.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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