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Undergraduate Degree Programs


Child Development

Undergraduate Certificate Program


Dr. Melanie Hetzel-Riggin
Penn State Behrend School of Humanities and Social Sciences
108 Turnbull Hall

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Behrend College is the home college.


This 15 credit certificate will provide the core information and competencies for students interested in pursuing the field of child development. Students will be provided with a broad overview of the developmental processes underlying child and adolescent development. This certificate will be attractive to both psychology majors as well as adult students taking courses part time for career advancement. The certificate may also serve as the gateway to a minor or major in psychology. It is consistent with psychology program goals to develop clear career tracks for current students interested in the applied fields of psychology.


PSYCH 212 or HDFS 129 

Select six credits from the following: PSYCH 410, PSYCH 412, PSYCH 476
Select six credits from the following: EDPSY 14, HDFS 229, PSYCH 221,  PSYCH 238, PSYCH 256, PSYCH 413, PSYCH 414, PSYCH 473.


Effective Semester:  Spring 2012



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