Department of Psychology

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Psychology Concentration: Child Psychology
Degree Requirements

As an alternative to the General Psychology curriculum, psychology majors may elect to pursue a concentration in Child Psychology. The Child Psychology concentration offers a strong foundation in current theory and research in the field of child psychology. This concentration will be of interest to students planning careers in areas such as child therapy, child advocacy, education, or school psychology. The concentration is also appropriate for students planning to enter graduate school in child psychology or related areas.

See requirements for students who enrolled at Eastern in Fall 2010 or later
See requirements for students who enrolled at Eastern in or after Fall 2008, but before Fall 2010
See requirements for students who enrolled at Eastern in or after Fall 2007, but before Fall 2008
See requirements for students who enrolled at Eastern in or after Fall 2004, but before Fall 2007

Students who enrolled at Eastern in Fall 2010 or later 

The minimum 46 hours of course work in psychology (exclusive of PSY 100) completed by students following the Child Psychology curriculum must satisfy the course requirements listed below. All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise specified.

Recommended course to meet LAC
BIO 202/203 Human Biology (Lecture/Lab)
Courses Required of All Psychology Majors
Students should follow this course sequence
PSY 101 Introduction to the Major (1 credit)
PSY 227 Behavioral Science Statistics (4 credits, C or better required)
PSY 247 Research Methods I (4 credits, C or better required)
PSY 327 Research Methods II (4 credits, C or better required)
PSY 419 History and Systems
PSY 402 Current Research in Child Psychology
Required Course
Students must complete one required course:
PSY 205 Learning
Developmental Courses
Students must complete two courses from the following list
PSY 204 Psychology of the Infant and Toddler
PSY 206 Psychology of Childhood
PSY 208 Psychology of Adolescence
Individual Differences
Students must complete one course from the following list
PSY 302 Child Psychopathology
Biological Bases of Behavior
Students must complete one course from the following list
PSY 318 Sensation and Perception
PSY 418 Physiological Psychology
PSY 430 Human Neuropsychology
Specialized Courses
Students must complete three courses from the following list
PSY 230 Family Psychology
PSY 306 Cognitive Psychology
PSY 407 Learning II: Theories and Issues
PSY 410 Psychological Tests and Measurements
PSY 435 Controversies in Child Psychology
PSY 460 Special Topic Seminar
PSY 496 Field Experience/Internship (Group)
or
PSY 497 Field Experience/Internship (Individualized)
Elective
Students should complete any ONE psychology course as an elective

Students who enrolled at Eastern in or after Fall 2008, but before Fall 2010 

The minimum 39 hours of course work in psychology (exclusive of PSY 100) completed by students following the concentration in the Psychology of Children and Youth must satisfy the course requirements listed below. All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise specified.

Recommended course to meet LAC
BIO 202/203 Human Biology (Lecture/Lab)
Courses Required of All Psychology Majors
Students should follow this course sequence
PSY 101 Introduction to the Major (1 credit)
PSY 227 Behavioral Science Statistics (4 credits, C or better required)
PSY 217 Research Methods I (C or better required)
* This course is now PSY 247, and is 4 credits *
PSY 327 Research Methods II (4 credits, C or better required)
PSY 419 History and Systems (C or better required)
PSY 402 Current Research in Child Psychology
Courses Required for this Concentration
PSY 205 Principles of Learning
PSY 302 Psychopathology of Childhood
Child Development
Students must complete two courses from the following list.
PSY 204 Psychology of the Infant and Toddler
PSY 206 Psychology of Childhood
PSY 208 Psychology of Adolescence
Professional Courses
Students must complete three courses from the following list.
PSY 300 Educational Psychology
PSY 306 Cognitive Psychology
PSY 325 Health Psychology
PSY 407 Learning II
PSY 410 Psychological Tests and Measurements
PSY 418 Physiological Psychology
PSY 430 Human Neuropsychology
PSY 460 Seminar in Psychology
or
PSY 480 Independent Study
or
PSY 496 Psychology Field Experience
or
PSY 497 Psychology Field Experience: Individualized

Students who enrolled at Eastern in or after Fall 2007, but before Fall 2008 

The minimum 35 hours of course work in psychology (exclusive of PSY 100) completed by students following the concentration in the Psychology of Children and Youth must satisfy the course requirements listed below. All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise specified.

Courses Required of All Psychology Majors
Students should follow this course sequence
PSY 227 Behavioral Science Statistics (4 credits, C or better required)
PSY 217 Research Methods I (C or better required)
* This course is now PSY 247, and is 4 credits *
PSY 327 Research Methods II (4 credits, C or better required)
PSY 419 History and Systems (C or better required)
Courses Required for this Concentration
PSY 205 Principles of Learning
PSY 302 Psychopathology of Childhood
PSY 402 Current Research in Child Psychology
Child Development
Students must complete two courses from the following list.
PSY 204 Psychology of the Infant and Toddler
PSY 206 Psychology of Childhood
PSY 208 Psychology of Adolescence
Professional Courses
Students must complete two courses from the following list.
PSY 300 Educational Psychology
PSY 306 Cognitive Psychology
PSY 325 Health Psychology
PSY 407 Learning II
PSY 410 Psychological Tests and Measurements
PSY 418 Physiological Psychology
PSY 430 Human Neuropsychology
PSY 460 Seminar in Psychology
or
PSY 480 Independent Study
or
PSY 496 Psychology Field Experience
or
PSY 497 Psychology Field Experience: Individualized

Students who enrolled at Eastern in or after Fall 2004, but before Fall 2007 

The minimum 35 hours of course work in psychology (exclusive of PSY 100) completed by students following the concentration in the Psychology of Children and Youth must satisfy the course requirements listed below. All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise specified.

Courses Required of All Psychology Majors
Students should follow this course sequence
PSY 227 Behavioral Science Statistics (4 credits, C or better required)
PSY 217 Research Methods I (C or better required)
* This course is now PSY 247, and is 4 credits *
PSY 327 Research Methods II (4 credits, C or better required)
PSY 419 History and Systems (C or better required)
Courses Required for this Concentration
PSY 205 Principles of Learning
PSY 302 Psychopathology of Childhood
Child Development
Students must complete two courses from the following list.
PSY 204 Psychology of the Infant and Toddler
PSY 206 Psychology of Childhood
PSY 208 Psychology of Adolescence
Professional Courses
Students must complete three courses from the following list.
PSY 306 Cognitive Psychology
PSY 402 Current Research in Child Psychology
PSY 407 Learning II
PSY 410 Psychological Tests and Measurements
PSY 418 Physiological Psychology
PSY 430 Human Neuropsychology
PSY 460 Seminar in Psychology
or
PSY 480 Independent Study
or
PSY 496 Psychology Field Experience
or
PSY 497 Psychology Field Experience: Individualized

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