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Child Psychology

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. 

Accelerated Degree Options:

  • 3-Year Bachelor's Degree. Students with a record of strong academic achievement and a desire to fast track their education are encouraged to apply to the accelerated degree program. The program allows students to earn their degree in three years of year-round study, enabling them to save on tuition costs and enter the workforce sooner. Click here to learn more. 
  • 3+1 Bachelor's to Master's Degree. Bay Path offers a fantastic opportunity to continue on to one of our many graduate degree programs. Known as our 3 +1 program, you can earn your bachelor's and master's degree in four years. Click here to learn more. 
  • 3+2 Bachelor's to Master's Degree. Bay Path also offers an opportunity to continue on to our Clinical Mental Health Counseling or Applied Behavior Analysis programs. Known as our 3 +2 program, you can earn your bachelor's and master's degree in five years. 

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. I interned as a volunteer coordinator for a Boston nonprofit organization called Cradles to Crayons. Its mission is to provide children from birth through age 12, who may be living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive. This experience has provided me with a solid understanding of the effects of poverty on children’s mental and physical health, ultimately aiding my future career in child psychology." - Cat, Child Psychology Major 

Community Partners with the Psychology Program for 2018: