Child Psychology

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology: Child Psychology

Bay Path students participate in a class discussion

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
  • Communication in Psychology

Cooperative Education Program

Our Co-Op Program is one of the many options for traditional students to benefit from experiential learning. Students gain credit for working 100 hours at a local human service organization. In addition, they take a seminar class to provide support and facilitate connections for theory and practice. This highly selective program is available to qualified students at the sophomore level, and is conducted during the spring semester. The Co-Op faculty advisor works closely with students to place them at sites that match their interests. The kinds of work responsibilities vary from site to site, but typically include: research projects, creating resource materials for staff and families, and direct care with clients in residential or after-school programs. Co-Op students are sponsored by our Community Partners.

Community Partnerships

The Psychology Program at Bay Path is proud to announce its Community Partners for 2013. These organizations are providing opportunities for experiential learning to our students from all programs - Traditional, One-Day, and Graduate. Through Co-Op, service-learning projects, research projects, fieldwork & internships, you will gain valuable experience and contacts with these notable and respected agencies. Click here, for more information on each of our Community Partners!

Our Community Partners

River Valley Counseling Center 

Springfield Parent Academy 

Springfield Jewish Community Center 


Center for Human Development 

Gandara Center

Girls Inc of Holyoke 

For more information on Co-ops, service-learning projects, research projects, fieldwork & internships contact:

Kathy Wiezbicki-Stevens, Ed.D., 
Chair of the Psychology Department
E-mail: Kathy Wiezbicki-Stevens
Phone: 413.565.1226

Graduate School Opportunities 

You can specialize in fields ranging from mental health counseling to industrial-organizational behavior by continuing your education in graduate programs across the country or right here at Bay Path College at one of convenient locations:  Longmeadow Campus, Burlington, MA or Sturbridge, MA in our Master of Science in Developmental Psychology Program or MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

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