2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) 
    
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2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PhD in Developmental Psychology


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Doctoral education in Developmental Psychology is the next logical, broad specialization that Walden’s School of Psychology offers.  Students interested in human growth and development across the lifespan are provided a doctoral level education in the PhD in Developmental Psychology program. The focus of the PhD in Developmental Psychology program will be on topics including the cognitive, physical, emotional, social, health, and cultural aspects of human development across the lifespan. Students will develop the professional skills needed for nonclinical academic, research, or professional careers. In the PhD in Developmental Psychology program, eight specializations offer students the opportunity to focus their studies: (1) General; (2) Administration and Leadership; (3) Child and Adolescent Development; (4) Health and Human Development; (5) International Perspectives in Developmental Psychology; (6) Research; (7)Teaching; and (8) Self-designed specialization. The doctoral program includes more research- and teaching-focused courses to add to the more practice-focused MS in Developmental Psychology program. Students will be able to apply their knowledge and skills in developmental psychology to promote positive social change in the lives of individuals, families, and communities through teaching, research, and practice.

Learning Outcomes


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

  1. Synthesize developmental psychology theory and research in the physical, cognitive, emotional, health, social, and cultural aspects of human lifespan development.
  2. Articulate the history of developmental psychology and how the specialty of developmental psychology is unique.
  3. Develop an identity as a developmental psychologist.
  4. Evaluate how key issues and seminal works within the field of developmental psychology (including the areas of the physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and cultural aspects of human development) apply to human development across the lifespan.
  5. Produce independent scholarly research utilizing basic and advanced research methods.
  6. Apply theory and research in the practice of a developmental psychologist.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to apply results of evidence-based developmental psychology research in various institutions and organizations concerned with issues impacting human development.
  8. Describe experiences and perspectives of diverse populations (including but not limited to race, culture, socioeconomics, age, gender, sexual orientation, and disability) from a developmental psychology perspective.
  9. Apply relevant ethical codes (e.g., APA) in developmental psychology research practice and work settings.
  10. Discuss how social/political issues, policies, and events impact the field of developmental psychology.
  11. Engage in professional activities related to developmental psychology that promote positive social change.

Specializations


Changing specializations may increase a student’s expected time-to-degree completion and cost.

Degree Requirements


  • Professional Development Plan and Program of Study
  • Foundations Course (3 cr.)
  • Core Courses (72 cr.)
  • Specialization Courses (15 cr.)
  • Completion of Doctoral Capstone
    • Dissertation Course
  • Four 4-day residencies

Curriculum


For Those Entering With a BS Degree


Specialization Courses (15 cr.)


See each specialization page for specific courses.

Completion of the Doctoral Capstone


  • DPSY 9000 - Dissertation
  • Students take this course for a minimum of 4 quarters and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Dissertation with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

    To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

Course Sequence for Students Entering With a BS Degree


Quarter Course Credits
1 DPSY 8002 - Foundations for Graduate Study in Psychology   3 cr.
DPSY 8111 - Themes and Theories of Developmental Psychology   5 cr.
2 DPSY 8215 - Lifespan Development   5 cr.
DPSY 8245 - Social Psychology   5 cr.
3 RSCH 8110 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods♦   5 cr.
DPSY 8701 - Culture and Psychology   5 cr.
4 RSCH 8210 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis♦   5 cr.
DPSY 8121 - Development in the Digital Age   5 cr.
5 RSCH 8310 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis♦   5 cr.
DPSY 8218 - Gender and Development   5 cr.
6 RSCH 8360 - Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis   5 cr.
DPSY 8227 - Language and Cognitive Development   5 cr.
7 RSCH 8260 - Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis   5 cr.
DPSY 8228 - Social and Emotional Development   5 cr.
8 DPSY 8700 - Literature Review   2 cr.
Specialization Course* 5 cr.
9 DPSY 8115 - Writing a Quality Prospectus in Psychology   5 cr.
Specialization Course* 5 cr.
10 Specialization Course* 5 cr.
10+ DPSY 9000 - Dissertation ** 5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms; taken continuously until completion

*See each specialization page for the specific courses for that specialization.

**Students take this course for a minimum of 4 quarters and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Dissertation with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

For Those Entering With an MS Degree


Completion of the Doctoral Capstone


  • DPSY 9000 - Dissertation
  • Students take this course for a minimum of 4 quarters and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Dissertation with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

    To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

Course Sequence for Those Entering With an MS Degree


Quarter Course Credits
1 DPSY 8002 - Foundations for Graduate Study in Psychology   3 cr.
DPSY 8121 - Development in the Digital Age   5 cr.
2 DPSY 8412 - Research Foundations   5 cr.
DPSY 8218 - Gender and Development   5 cr.
3 RSCH 8360 - Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis   5 cr.
DPSY 8227 - Language and Cognitive Development   5 cr.
4 RSCH 8260 - Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis   5 cr.
DPSY 8228 - Social and Emotional Development   5 cr.
5 Specialization Course* 5 cr.
DPSY 8700 - Literature Review   2 cr.
6 Specialization Course* 5 cr.
DPSY 8115 - Writing a Quality Prospectus in Psychology   5 cr.
7 Specialization Course* 5 cr.
8+ DPSY 9000 - Dissertation ** 5 cr. per term; taken continuously until completion

*See each specialization page for specific courses for that specialization.

**Students take this course for a minimum of four terms and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Doctoral Study with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

Doctoral Writing Assessment


Students who start their doctoral program at Walden University in 2016 or later will complete the university’s required doctoral writing assessment on a rolling basis. Designed to evaluate incoming doctoral students’ writing skills, this assessment aims to help prepare incoming doctoral students to meet the university’s expectations for writing at the doctoral level. For more information, click here.

Note on Licensure


The PhD in Developmental Psychology program is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology professional.

8-Year Maximum Timeframe


Students have up to 8 years to complete their doctoral degree requirements [https://catalog.waldenu.edu/content.php?catoid=158&navoid=52191]. Students may petition to extend the 8-year maximum timeframe, but an extension is not guaranteed.

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