Do you enjoy being around children? Are you passionate about making a difference in a child’s life? The Child Psychology Program at Bay Path is designed for those students primarily interested in working with children, whatever the age: infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school-age, or adolescents. All aspects of development are studied, including physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and moral. As the family plays a key role in a child’s development, you will explore the areas of parenting and family dynamics. In addition, the powerful impact of the educational system is addressed.
A sampling of what you will learn:
- Stages of development and important milestones in a child’s life
- Causes of childhood mental illnesses, including autism and ADHD
- Fundamentals of early intervention programs for infants and toddlers
- Completion of diagnostic reports
- Behavioral observations
- Essentials of family communication
- Cultural influences shaping identity
Bay Path’s dedicated faculty bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the courses they teach, featuring the most relevant and up-to-date information in each field. Special projects and class assignments feature active learning and practical application of concepts, and engage you in an enhanced learning experience every step of the way.
A sampling of courses in the Child Psychology Program include:
- Child Development
- Education, Schools, and Culture
- Childhood Psychopathology
- Introduction to Special Education
- Communicating in Psychology
Bay Path values experiential learning, requiring an internship during senior year, in which you can apply the theories and communication skills learned in class to an actual setting. You will gain valuable experience at various sites including: state social service departments, early intervention programs, family shelters, youth empowerment programs, family support outreach programs, and adolescent treatment programs.