BS in Psychology - Child Development
Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Psychology, child development emphasis is designed to teach students how to apply psychological theories and research methods to child growth and development studies. Learn more about the bachelor's degree in psychology with an emphasis in child development here.
Official Program Name:
Bachelor of Science in Psychologu, Child Development Emphasis
School Offering Program:
Bachelor of Science
Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Psychology is designed for students interested in exploring psychological research methods, theories, trends, and studies. Students who choose the child development emphasis have the opportunity to study the behavioral and psychological development of children ranging from newborns to adolescents. The emphasis area iis designed to help students learn how to help children with special needs. Students may also learn about the importance of children developing solid social relationships..
Program Length/Total Credits Required:
180 credits. Kaplan University defines an academic year as the time in which a full-time student is expected to complete three terms of instructional time. Full-time students are expected to complete at least 36 credit hours within the academic year.
Financial Aid Available:
Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Aid opportunities include federal grants; military aid; and federal, state, and private lending programs.
Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Psychology / Child Development Emphasis
Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Kaplan University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.
- SS 124: Introduction to Psychology (5 credits)
- PS 115: Contemporary Issues in Psychology (5 credits)
- PS 200: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (5 credits)
- PS 210: History of Psychology (5 credits)
- PS 220: Child and Adolescent Psychology (5 credits)
- PS 300: Research Methods I (6 credits)
- PS 330 Personality Development (6 credits)
- PS 410: Screening and Assessment (6 credits)
- PS 499: Bachelor's Capstone in Psychology (6 credits)
Child Development Emphasis Requirements
- PS 340: Exceptional Needs Children (6 credits)
- PS 345: Language and Speech Development and Disorders (6 credits)
- PS 350: Working With Children in a Diverse World (6 credits)
- PS 420: Social Relationships in Childhood (6 credits)
Other Major Requirements
- CS 120: College Success Strategies for the Psychology Professional (5 credits)
- MM 207: Statistics (5 credits)
- SC 235: General Biology I - Human Perspectives (5 credits)
- 100/200-level: Communication Course (5 credits)
- 100/200-level: Mathematics Course (5 credits)
- 200-level: Communication Course (5 credits)
- 300/400-level: Arts and Humanities Course (6 credits)
- 300/400-level: Physical Science Course (6 credits)
- 300/400-level: Social Science Course (6 credits)
- Open Electives (59 credits)
Post Graduation Opportunities
Furthering Your Education:
Graduates of Kaplan University's BS in Psychology - Child Development may be interested in furthering their education by pursuing a master's degree in psychology, child development, or child psychology. Advanced study could help prepare students for enhanced career opportunities or licensure as psychologists.*
Master's degree options for graduates could include (but are not limited to):
- Master of Science in Psychology
- Master of Arts in Child Development
- Master of Arts in Child Psychology
Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Psychology, child development emphasis degree program could have the opportunity to work with children as human, or social services workers. The program is designed to help students use psychological theory, the scientific approach, and a cultural understanding when working children.
Entry-level positions graduates could pursue include:
- Child care worker
- Child welfare case worker
- Services coordinator for children with special needs
- Early childhood educator
Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates
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