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Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the MS in Developmental Psychology are expected to demonstrate achievement in all areas of the program. The program provides students with a solid foundation in developmental psychology as well as extensive research-based skills necessary for their success in applying their advanced knowledge of developmental psychology to careers, academic settings, and professional relationships. Graduates of the program are expected to:

  • Articulate an understanding of the developmental theorists in psychology and how these theories apply in today’s world;
  • Demonstrate appropriate critical thinking skills necessary for effectively analyzing personality differences and the reasons for such differences;
  • Interpret assessment results for application and intervention purposes;
  • Illustrate an understanding of scientific and statistical principles that underlie psychological research, including the ability to gauge the quality of such research;
  • Appreciate issues related to culture, gender, sexual identity, the environment, and family, as they pertain to physical and psychological development;
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of ethical and professional behavior within the psychology profession;
  • Explain the etiology, diagnostic process, prevalence of mental illness utilizing a medical model, and demonstrate an ability to conduct a differential diagnosis utilizing a multiaxial system of assessment and evaluation;
  • Display a mastery of oral and written communication and presentation skills in accordance with established professional guidelines, utilizing APA format; and
  • Successfully complete an approved 160 hour fieldwork placement