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Undergraduate student programs
The Institute of Child Development is a premiere center of scholarship, teaching and outreach. We offer programs in child psychology and early childhood education. Both of our programs are focused on learning about the developing child from slightly different perspectives, with slightly different goals.
Child psychology spans the biological and social sciences, and offers a wide range of areas for tuning skills in problem solving, critical thinking, statistics, and writing. Students have unique opportunities to get involved in directed research or to gain practical experience through field study. Our programs prepare students for careers and graduate study in psychology, counseling, human services, education, medicine, law, sociology, and other behavioral sciences.
This program prepares students to work with typically and atypically developing young children and their families in a variety of settings that do not require a teaching license. Upon graduation students will be ready to enter the workforce, apply to one of several teacher licensure programs or pursue another advanced degree.
In addition to these major programs, we offer a minor program in child psychology for students who wish to complement their training by gaining expertise in development.
Graduate student programs
The Institute of Child Development is a premiere center of scholarship, teaching and outreach. We offer programs in child psychology and early childhood education.
This program prepares outstanding teachers of young children with a strong foundation in child development theory and research and developmentally appropriate methodology for teaching within the early childhood years (birth – age 8).
This program focuses primarily on training in research on human development. Students who find the best fit have a background in research and a strong interest in research at the doctoral level. Most graduates of the program take positions in academic or research settings.
Affiliated Graduate Minors and Certificates
In addition to the above programs, we are partners in offering a number of graduate-level minor and certificate programs: