Online Master’s Degrees in Child Development Psychology

An online master’s degree in child development psychology may equip individuals with a deeper understanding of child intervention, interpersonal interactions, and clinical assessment. In this one to two-year program, students may learn how to apply psychological theories and assessment techniques in order to diagnose emotional and mental disorders in children. Program coursework may include specialized electives alongside major-specific coursework including theories of personality, advanced social psychology, and advanced social psychology.

Upon completion of the program, students may either seek employment or enroll in a doctoral degree program. Master’s-level students may seek employment opportunities in education, clinical healthcare, and law enforcement.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor’s Degree
  • Program Length: One to two years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Employment or Doctoral Program
  • Projected Employment Growth: 19% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum for master’s-level child development psychology programs may include specialized elective courses alongside major coursework. These classes may teach students how to measure a child’s level of learning, diagnose childhood disorders, and recognize issues central to child development. Core child development psychology classes may include the following:

  • Research Methods in Psychology
  • Theories of Personality
  • Intervention Strategies
  • Cognitive Neuropsychology
  • Advanced Social Psychology
  • Measurement and Assessment
  • Advanced Cognitive Psychology

Career Options

Master’s-level graduates may seek career opportunities in schools, clinics, juvenile corrections, mental health centers, and counseling centers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities in school and career counseling are projected to increase by 19% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Elementary School Counselor
  • Psychology Assistant
  • Research Coordinator
  • Education Diagnostician
  • Child Development Specialist

Continuing Education

Students who successfully complete a master’s program may have the opportunity to continue their education by enrolling in a doctoral degree program. A doctorate in child development psychology may provide students with an advanced understanding in intervention programs and social development theories.

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

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