Child Development, Certificate

Program Code: CHDDV_UCT

Program Requirements

To earn an undergraduate certificate in Child Development, a minimum of 15 credits is required.

Prescribed Courses
PSYCH 212Introduction to Developmental Psychology Keystone/General Education Course3
or HDFS 129 Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies Keystone/General Education Course
Select 6 credits of the following:6
Child Development
Adolescence
Child Psychopathology
Select 6 credits of the following:6
Learning and Instruction Keystone/General Education Course
Infant and Child Development Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Social Psychology Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Personality Psychology Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Cognitive Psychology Keystone/General Education Course
Cognitive Development
Social and Personality Development
Behavior Modification

Certificate Learning Objectives

  1. Describe key concepts, basic principles, and overarching themes used in developmental psychology.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the major domains of development and the biological, psychological, cognitive, and social influences on development within these domains.
  3. Explain the differences between the major theories of cognitive development and learning.
  4. Understanding of developmental considerations that influence the diagnosis, behavioral manifestation, and treatment of childhood disorders.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

Erie

Melanie Hetzel-Riggin, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
108 Turnbull
Erie, PA 16563
814-898-6949
mdh33@psu.edu

Career Paths

The certificate in Child Development can be pursued by Penn State Behrend undergraduate students and as a stand-alone credential for nondegree students. It is useful for Psychology majors as well as for adult and traditional students interested in careers working with children and adolescents. Penn State Behrend has a comprehensive support system to help you identify and achieve your goals for college and beyond. Meet with your academic adviser often and take advantage of the services offered by the Academic and Career Planning Center beginning in your first semester.

Careers

Child development specialists work in day care centers, preschools, schools, social work agencies, hospitals, and health care clinics. They can be teachers, special education paraprofessionals, parent educators, educational consultants, child life specialists, clinicians, psychologists, researchers, or case managers.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES WITH A CERTIFICATE IN CHILD DEVELOPMENT

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Working with children and adolescents in a clinical or educational setting requires education beyond a bachelor’s degree. Penn State Behrend offers a Master of Arts degree program in Applied Clinical Psychology that includes optional preparation for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATE STUDIES

Professional Resources

Contact

Erie

SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
170 Irvin Kochel Center
4951 College Drive
Erie, PA 16563
814-898-6108
HumSocSci@psu.edu

http://behrend.psu.edu/school-of-humanities-social-sciences