Lifespan Developmental Psychology

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Each student in the Lifespan Developmental Psychology specialization is encouraged to develop a systematic line of research that complements that of his or her advisor. With intense exposure to an important aspect of developmental research, the student acquires skills that can be generalized to a variety of problems. Students are required to complete a core curriculum which includes 21 hours of developmental psychology classes, 15 hours of research design and statistics, 9 hours of general psychology and related discipline classes; 6 hours of teaching practicum and teaching; and at least 48 credit hours of research.

Lifespan Developmental Psychology students must complete a master's thesis. Admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree is based on satisfactory completion of coursework and completion of an area review in the form of a Psychological Bulletin or Psychological Review article. The doctoral degree is awarded upon successful defense of the dissertation.

Master's Degree

RequirementsHours
Graduate Coursework 1,224
Developmental Psychology
Seminar in Lifespan Developmental Psychology (Required fall and spring semesters every year)
Introduction to Statistics and Measurement
Lab for Introduction to Statistics and Measurement
Applied Statistical Methods
Lab for Applied Statistical Methods
Seminar in Adolescent Development
Psychology of Aging
Premaster's Degree Graduate Research (Select until admitted to candidacy for the Master's Degree)
Thesis Research6
Master's Level Thesis Research
Elective Options in Developmental Psychology
Select three courses from: Other courses may be considered with Program Director approval.
Seminar in Cognitive Development
Seminar in Social Development
Applied Developmental Psychology
Cognitive Assessment: Child and Adult
Developmental Disabilities
Total Hours30 - Minimum Required for Master's Degree
Doctoral Degree
Requirements
Graduate Coursewoork 1
Brain and Cognition
Seminar in Lifespan Developmental Psychology (Required fall and spring semesters every year)
Multivariate Statistical Methods
Lab for Multivariate Statistical Methods
Electives in Research Design & Statistics
Select one course from:3
Foundations of Research Design
and Advanced Research Design
Advanced Research Design
Longitudinal Data Analysis Laboratory
General Psychology & Related Disciplines: Other courses may be considered with Program Director approval.6
Select two courses from:
Theories of Personality
Social Psychology
Sensory and Perceptual Processes
Human Neuropsychology
Health Psychology
Sport Psychology
Methods in Neuroimaging
Special Topics in Psychology
Teaching6
Practicum in the Teaching of Psychology
Research24
Predoctoral Degree Graduate Research (Select until admitted to candidacy for the Doctoral Degree)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Total Hours81 - Minimum Required Hours for Doctoral Degree