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Foundations (6 credits)

Course Name Subject Code Catalog Code
Departmental Seminar: Theories of Change in Applied Psych. APSY-GE 3009
Advanced Research Seminar in Developmental Psychology APSY-GE 3021

Developmental Content Areas (12-18 credits)

Note: 12-18 credits dependent on previous graduate work; determined by admission.

The developmental content courses are structured to teach the core theories of developmental science across different domains of development and within various levels of analysis, as well as to provide a framework for applying theories of culture and context to developmental science.

  • Knowledge of core theories of developmental science
  • Knowledge across domains of development including social, cognitive, emotional, language, personality, and identity
  • Knowledge across levels of analysis including biological, behavioral, interpersonal, and social-cultural
  • Knowledge of periods in the life course, from the prenatal period through young adulthood
  • The ability to understand and apply theories of culture and context to key areas of developmental science
Developmental Content Areas
Course Name Subject Code Catalog Code
Child Language Development APSY-GE 2055
Social Development of Children & Adolescents APSY-GE 2097
Psychological Research in Infancy APSY-GE 2115
Cognitive Development APSY-GE 2198
The Development of African American Children APSY-GE 2836
Adolescent Development: Theory and Research APSY-GE 2272
The Development of Immigrant Origin Youth APSY-GE 2527

Research Methods (15-18 credits)

Note: 15-18 credits dependent on previous graduate work; determined by admission.

The research methods courses are designed to build students’ skills in quantitative and qualitative methods, teach them how to connect research questions to these methods appropriately, and develop their expertise in all areas of the research process.

  • Skills and expertise in quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Knowledge of how to connect research questions to appropriate methods in the design and analysis of studies
  • Expertise in all steps of the research process, including study conceptualization, implementation, analyses, and dissemination of findings
  • Skills and experience in examining change processes, including longitudinal data analysis and approaches to deriving causal inference from multiple forms of evidence
Research Method/Statistics Electives
Course Name Subject Code Catalog Code
Research Methods
Research Design and Methodology in the Behavioral Sciences I APSY-GE 2073
Research Methods Restrictive Electives  Students choose from the list below, with advisement:
Statistics for Behavioral & Social Sciences II APSTA-GE 2002
Intermediate Quantitative Methods: The General Linear Model APSTA-GE 2003
Advanced Quantitative Methods: Survey of Multivariate Analysis APSTA-GE 2004
Classification and Clustering APSTA-GE 2011
Statistical Methods for Program Evaluation and Policy Research APSTA-GE 2012
Missing Data APSTA-GE 2013
Multi-Level Modeling: Growth Curves APSTA-GE 2040
Practicum in Multi-Level Models APSTA-GE 2041
Multi-Level Modeling: Nested and Longitudinal Data APSTA-GE 2042
Experimental Psychology APSY-GE 2005
Cross-Cultural Research Methods: An Introduction APSY-GE 2222
Psychological Measurement (3 credits) APSY-GE 2524
Regression PSYCH-GA 2229
Analysis of Change PSYCH-GA 2248
Approaches to Qualitative Inquiry RESCH-GE 2140
Case Study and Ethnographic Inquiry RESCH-GE 2141
Interview and Observation RESCH-GE 2142

Additional Requirements (6-9 credits)

Note: Students admitted with a master's degree complete 6 credits.

Course Name Subject Code Catalog Code
Research Practicum in Developmental Psychology (3 credits per year for 2-3 years) APSY-GE 3020
The Developmental Psych. Seminar: Current Topics in Developmental Science (0 credits per year) APSY-GE 3023

Professional Development Training

The professional development training is designed to teach students to conduct and manage research, create grant proposals, disseminate research in a variety of contexts, and teach and mentor others.

Students are given the opportunity to present their research, receive feedback from peers, and develop the skills it takes to communicate findings in the settings where it counts most.

Professional development activities include participation in and presentation at national and international conferences and membership in relevant professional societies and organizations.

  • Knowledge and practice of ethics and professional conduct
  • Experience in the conduct and management of research
  • Experience in manuscript preparation, submission, and review
  • Experience in grant proposal preparation, submission, and review
  • Experience in disseminating research findings at professional conferences
  • Experience in teaching and mentoring
  • Communication skills
  • Collaboration skills
  • Time management/organization skills/goal setting
  • Development of a professional identity including intellectual initiative, the ability to work in diverse cultural contexts, and critical and analytical thinking
  • Positioning to be competitive in academia or other research-related fields