2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (March 2018) 
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2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (March 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

MS in Developmental Psychology

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The focus of this program is on analysis and application of the theories, methods, approaches, and principles of developmental psychology. The MS in Developmental Psychology and its specializations will include courses in developmental themes and theories; cognitive development; language acquisition; social and emotional development; family processes, peer influence, and relationships; the impact of digital media on development; international perspectives on development, gerontology, health behavior, administration and leadership; developmental psychopathology; behavior analysis; and the study of gender, culture, and human development. Students will be able to apply their knowledge of developmental psychology to promote positive social change in the lives of children, teens, adults, and the community.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the MS in Developmental Psychology program, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the theoretical foundations of developmental psychology. 
  2. Demonstrate the ability to apply principles of developmental psychology in areas of cognitive, language, social, and emotional functioning across the human development lifespan.
  3. Synthesize principles of developmental psychology theory and research.
  4. Apply principles of developmental psychology theory and research to real-world educational, social, health, and other settings.
  5. Interpret psychological theory and research related to developmental psychology.
  6. Describe developmental psychological theory, research, and practice from a multicultural and/or global perspective.
  7. Promote positive social change through the application of developmental psychology theory, research, and practice to scholarly and/or professional activities that promote positive social change.

Degree Requirements

  • Total 48 quarter cr.
  • Core courses (33 quarter cr.)
  • Foundations (3 quarter cr.)
  • Capstone (5 quarter cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15 quarter cr.)

Core Curriculum

Course Sequence


Quarter Course Credits
1 DPSY 6002 - Foundations for Graduate Study in Psychology   3 cr.
DPSY 6111 - Themes and Theories of Developmental Psychology   5 cr.
2 DPSY 6215 - Lifespan Development   5 cr.
DPSY 6218 - Gender and Human Development   5 cr.
3 DPSY 6121 - Development in the Digital Age   5 cr.
RSCH 6110 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods   5 cr.
4 Specialization course 1 5 cr.
Specialization course 2 5 cr.
5 Specialization course 3 5 cr.
DPSY 6393 - Capstone  5 cr.


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