Use Psychological Expertise to Help Children and Adolescents by Studying Developmental Psychology
Have you always been interested in working with children and young adults? Do you want to understand how the human mind develops to be able to make a positive change in the lives of others? At Liberty University, we understand that calling and want to help you make a positive impact. When you pursue our Bachelor of Science in Psychology: Developmental Psychology degree, you’ll receive all the foundational knowledge you need to pursue a career as a child psychologist.
You understand that young people are the future, and you want to prepare yourself to be a positive influence. What better way to do that than by helping struggling children and adolescents? A developmental psychology degree will prepare you to enter graduate school and become a professional counselor where you can then pursue careers in schools, treatment centers, churches, group homes, or even start your own private practice!
So what are you waiting for? This field needs caring, compassionate, and educated professionals who help children and their parents work through tough challenges. Pursuing our developmental psychology degree is the first step in getting you there.
Why Choose Liberty’s Psychology: Developmental Psychology Degree?
Choosing a school and a degree is an exciting, yet challenging choice to make! At Liberty, we want to make that choice simple for you. That’s why we’ve developed a cutting-edge curriculum taught by highly skilled professors and diverse internship opportunities. Our favorite asset is our professors. These men and women have earned degrees in psychology, and have years of practical experiencing counseling others. They desire to pour into your academic life while they teach, guide, mentor, and support you.
You may even be able to participate in a research project with some of our professors where there is the opportunity for getting published as an undergraduate student. With opportunities for hands-on experience in the form of a required internship, you can apply your skills in a wide variety of settings including churches, schools, nonprofit organizations, or treatment centers. You’ll be fully prepared for graduate school or your career upon graduation.
What Will You Learn in Our Psychology: Developmental Psychology Degree?
You need a degree that will prepare you for the next step in your life—whether that’s being career-ready or applying to graduate school. With our developmental psychology degree, we’ve ensured that our curriculum will provide the important training you need for that next step in your professional life.
In our developmental psychology degree, some of the courses you’ll take will cover topics like social psychology, personality, statistics, psychological foundations of learning, and physiological psychology.
In addition, our developmental psychology specialization includes courses covering these areas of study:
- Psychology of adolescence
- Psychology of adulthood
- Psychology of childhood
View the Degree Completion Plan, and check out our featured courses below for more information on what you’ll be studying!
PSYC 312 – Social Psychology
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- How the presence of other people affects an individual’s behavior
- How an individual forms opinions and attitudes about others
- Interpersonal attraction, accuracy of eye-witness testimony, impact of television on aggression, and more
PSYC 341 – Psychology of Personality
In this course, you will study the major historical and contemporary theories of the origin and development of personality, emphasizing the role of the dynamics of personality.
PSYC 365 – Psychological Foundations of Learning
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- A study of human learning, including an examination of conditioning, behavioral modeling, cognitive development, and high level thought processes
- Models of behaviorism
- Social learning, cognitive development, memory, and motivation
- Attribution theories
PSYC 420 – Psychology and Christianity
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- The relationship between Christian theology and the science of psychology
- Philosophical foundations
- The major models of conceptualizing the relationship between the two disciplines
Highlights of Our Psychology: Developmental Psychology Degree
- Christ-centered courses that give you the cutting edge in research and counseling techniques
- Multiple areas of study to help you specialize in the career you want to pursue
- Faculty-student mentoring in research projects with the potential of presentation publication of your research as an undergraduate student
- Multiple psychology events and internship opportunities are available to give you real work and training experience
- Academic trips available to Ecuador, New York, and Poland
- Our psychology club—Club Psych—allows you to interact with professors and peers in the field
Psychology: Developmental Psychology Degree Information
Career Opportunities for Psychology: Developmental Psychology Graduates
- Child Development Psychologist
- Church Counselor
- Counselor in a Group Home
- Counselor/Psychologist with a Private Practice
- Middle or High School Guidance Counselor
- Residential Treatment Counselor/Psychologist
- Treatment Center Counselor/Psychologist
Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees
Every application is reviewed by the admission committee on a case-by-case basis, meaning there are no set minimums for acceptance. However, all applicants must submit the following documents* for admission:
- Admission application
- Official high school transcripts
- Official college transcripts (if applicable)
- SAT, ACT, or CLT scores
- Admission essay
*Note that additional documentation may be requested by the admission committee after your application has been received.