Child Psychology - Main Campus
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
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, students will explore the areas of parenting and family dynamics. In addition, the powerful impact of the educational system is addressed.
A Sampling of What Will be Learned:
- Stages of development and important milestones in a child’s life
- Childhood mental illnesses, including autism and ADHD
- Fundamentals of early intervention programs for infants and toddlers
- Behavioral observations
- Essentials of family communication
- Cultural influences shaping identity
Special projects and class assignments feature active learning and practical application of concepts, and engage students in an enhanced learning experience every step of the way. Bay Path values experiential learning, requiring an internship during senior year, in which students can apply the theories and communication skills learned in class to an actual setting. Students will gain valuable experience at various sites including: state social service departments, early intervention programs, youth development programs, family support outreach programs, and adolescent residential-treatment programs.
My psychology courses help me understand different personalities and adolescent development theories, which will provide a background to help me relate, understand, and work with students later in my career. Whenever I need extra help or even just a soundboard to bounce ideas off of, the faculty has always stepped up and been there for me." - Cat, Child Psychology Major