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Developmental Psychology

The MS in Developmental Psychology from Bay Path University consists of 12 three credit courses including 160 hours of community-based fieldwork for a total of 36 credits. Courses are offered online and on campus in Concord, East Longmeadow and Sturbridge, Massachusetts. Most students complete the degree in one to two years while continuing to work full-time.

October 23 Start: Course Schedule

Curriculum & Schedules

Code Course Name Credit Hours
PSY500 Infant & Toddler Development 3

Current and relevant topics related to infant and toddler development will be discussed which include but are not limited to theories of social, cognitive, and personality development, societal and cultural variations in the infant experience, the importance of early intervention, and the impact of environmental influences.

PSY515 Childhood & Adolescent Development 3

This course will focus on issues that affect continued growth and development during early, middle and late adolescence. Theoretical perspectives on adolescence help students to appreciate various conditions that influence both the mind and the body. For example, concepts such as identity, sexuality, puberty, autonomy, friendship, and family will be addressed.

PSY530 Adult Development & Aging 3

This course provides students with an understanding of quantitative and qualitative changes that occur as a result of the aging process. Normative and non-normative factors will be explored in light of how these situations affect successful aging. Biology, ethnicity, cognition, cultural, and societal norms and mores will be addressed.

PSY535 Ethics & Professional Conduct in Psychology 3

This course is designed to provide students with a practical awareness of ethical standards and codes of conduct in the field of psychology. Students will review and critically analyze case studies which incorporate such topics as ethical decision making, informed consent, confidentiality, boundary and relationship issues, professional competence, supervision, and multicultural and diversity issues.

PSY550 Family Systems 3

This course will focus on family dynamics and family systems. Various family systems theorists such as Minuchin, Satir, and Haley will be reviewed and discussed. Specific attention will be given to issues of substance use within the family, including both working with someone with primary substance use and the effects of substance use on family structure. Students will be given the opportunity to practice various systemic interventions that promote healthy psychological development within the family system. The impact of culture, gender, and sexual identity will be examined.

PSY552 Bullying & Coercive Behavior 3

This course will examine the overwhelming evidence of how this anti-social behavior impacts the youth of today at home, in school, and in the community. Students will investigate the causes and kinds of bullying as well as how parenting styles either contribute to or empower the child against bullying. Strategies for the educator, psychology professional, and parent will be studied.

PSY620 Psychopathology 3

This course provides the students with an advanced understanding of relevant nomenclature and psychopathology from a developmental, biological, psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal, and family/systems perspective. Students will learn how to interpret the multiaxial system of assessment and understand coding and reporting procedures outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV-TR that are utilized in making a diagnosis of a mental disorder. Students will incorporate relevant research and case studies throughout the course to integrate the various perspectives within a clinical context.

PSY625 Applied Research Methods in Developmental Psychology 3

This course addresses research design and methodology as used by developmental psychologists. Emphasis is on the use of experimental and quasi-experimental designs, confounding factors that may bias results, assessment strategies, and data evaluation methods. By the completion of this course, the student will have formulated a research proposal, and will have completed a Community-Based Research Project.

PSY654 Drugs, Medication & Society 3

This course will help the student understand the tremendous impact that substance abuse has on members of our society. Cognition, judgment, emotions, and motivation in the developing brain are all affected negatively by the neurobiochemical manipulation secondary to substance abuse.

PSY658 Psychological Assessment in Counseling 3

Students will learn to administer and interpret standardized assessments and screening tools used for the evaluation of infants, children, adolescents, adults, and the aging. Students will learn specific screening tools for substance use disorders as well as in-depth standardized assessments for alcohol and drug use. The course will focus on cognitive, projective and personality instruments as well as assessment of substance use disorders and attitude surveys. The importance of accurate report writing, as well as observational and interview skills will be emphasized.

PSY662 Counseling Theories & Practice 3

This course is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the theory and application of contrasting theoretical models of counseling and forming helping relationships. Students will examine the theory and application of various counseling models through lecture, presentations, group discussion, experiential activities, readings and reflection. This course will address the therapeutic process and practical elements of the counseling interaction, and assist students in strengthening their own personal approach to the helping relationship. In addition, it will challenge students to conceptualize their own qualities that support and hinder the therapeutic helping relationship.

PSY670 Fieldwork 3

The Master's Fieldwork experience, required of all students, develops knowledge and skills of professional psychology and provides opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge. Students select a setting appropriate to their field of study such as: schools, agencies, community centers, residential facilities, and correctional institutions. Students must obtain 160 clock hours of fieldwork experience under the joint supervision of the department and the organization.