2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (March 2019) 
    
    Aug 11, 2020  
2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (March 2019) [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.

For Those Entering With a BS Degree


Minimum Degree Requirements


  • Doctoral Writing Assessment
  • Professional Development Plan and Program of Study
  • Foundations course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (40 cr.)
  • Research courses (25 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
  • Completion of Doctoral Dissertation
    • Dissertation support courses (7 cr.)
    • Dissertation writing courses (5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms; taken continuously until completion)
  • Four 4-day PhD residencies

Curriculum


Specialization Courses (15 cr.)


See each specialization page for specific courses.

Residency Requirements


  • Residency 1 – Complete face-to-face as soon as you begin your program.
  • Residency 2 – Complete Residency 2 as face-to-face or virtual at the beginning of your second year, around the time of second research course (RSCH 8310).
  • Residency 3 – Complete Residency 3 face-to-face once you have a prospectus in Walden’s review system.
  • Residency 4 – Complete Residency 4 while in the development stage of your Proposal:
    • a face-to-face or virtual residency (RESI 8404)
      OR
    • an approved professional conference (RESI 8900 based on program availability)
      OR
    • a dissertation intensive (DRWI 8500) during DPSY 9000 to progress toward completion and defense of the dissertation. Contact Student Success Advising to register.
  • Optional* – Complete a dissertation intensive retreat (DRWI 8500) face-to-face during DPSY 9000. Contact Student Success Advising to register.

Completion of the Doctoral Dissertation


  • OR
  • AND

  • Students take this course for a minimum of four quarters and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Dissertation with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval. In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation course shell.

    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    3 cr.
   5 cr.
2    5 cr.
   5 cr.
3    5 cr.
   5 cr.
4    5 cr.
   5 cr.
5    5 cr.
   5 cr.
6    5 cr.
   5 cr.
7    5 cr.
   5 cr.
8    2 cr.
Specialization Course* 5 cr.
9   OR    5 cr.
Specialization Course* 5 cr.
10 Specialization Course* 5 cr.
10+  ** 5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 terms; taken continuously until completion

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

**Students take this course for a minimum of four quarters and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Dissertation with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval. In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation course shell.

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


Minimum Degree Requirements


  • Doctoral Writing Assessment
  • Professional Development Plan and Program of Study
  • Foundations course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (25 cr.)
  • Research courses (10 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
  • Completion of Doctoral Dissertation
    • Dissertation support courses (7 cr.)
    • Dissertation writing courses (5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms; taken continuously until completion)
  • Four 4-day PhD residencies

Curriculum


Specialization Courses (15 cr.)


See each specialization page for specific courses.

Residency Requirements


  • Residency 1 – Complete face-to-face as soon as you begin your program.
  • Residency 2 – Complete Residency 2 as face-to-face or virtual at the beginning of your second year, around the time of second research course.
  • Residency 3 – Complete Residency 3 face-to-face once you have a prospectus in Walden’s review system.
  • Residency 4 – Complete Residency 4 while in the development stage of your Proposal:
    • a face-to-face or virtual residency (RESI 8404)
      OR
    • an approved professional conference (RESI 8900 based on program availability)
      OR
    • a dissertation intensive (DRWI 8500) during PSYC 9000 to progress toward completion and defense of the dissertation. Contact Student Success Advising to register.
  • Optional* – Complete a dissertation intensive retreat (DRWI 8500) face-to-face during PSYC 9000. Contact Student Success Advising to register.

Completion of the Doctoral Dissertation


  • OR
  • AND

  • Students take this course for a minimum of four quarters and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Dissertation with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval. In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation course shell.

    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    3 cr.
   5 cr.
2    5 cr.
   5 cr.
3    5 cr.
   5 cr.
4    5 cr.
   5 cr.
5 Specialization Course* 5 cr.
   2 cr.
6 Specialization Course* 5 cr.
  OR    5 cr.
7 Specialization Course* 5 cr.
8+  ** 5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 terms; 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. In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation study course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation course shell.

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 or readmit to doctoral programs at Walden University in the university catalog for academic year 2017 or later will complete the university’s required doctoral writing assessment. 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 (see Enrollment Requirements). Students may petition to extend the 8-year maximum timeframe, but an extension is not guaranteed.

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