The Master of Arts in developmental psychology typically requires completion of 32 points. In accordance with individual interests and objectives, students acquire familiarity with basic theoretical and research orientations as well as exposure to substantive knowledge in the areas of cognitive, language, personality, and social functioning and development. Opportunity exists for the study of deviant as well as normal psychological functioning within a developmental framework.
Students may register for independent study in order to undertake theoretical or empirical research projects or fieldwork. Students whose goal is to acquire professional skills in clinical or counseling psychology may enroll in introductory course offerings, which in many cases can be applicable if the student is later admitted to one of the more advanced master's or doctoral programs in these areas.
In order to accommodate the diverse aims of individual students, a considerable degree of flexibility has been built into the course of study leading to the M.A. degree. An attempt has been made to minimize specific course requirements, and the student will find that there is a good deal of freedom to choose from among the many offerings provided by Teachers College and the Columbia University Graduate Faculties. In consultation with an advisor, students may create an individually tailored program of study.
The course of study has these main components:
Students completing the M.A. degree accept positions in research laboratories or field settings, biomedical institutions, educational and child care agencies, foundations, public policy settings, state and local governments, community programs, and as instructors in community colleges, or they go on to pursue more advanced degrees in particular areas of specialization.
Five CORE courses taken for 3 points each.
HUD 4120 Methods of Empirical Research
HUDK 5023 Cognitive Development
HUDK 5040 Development and Psychopathology: Atypical Contexts and Populations
The following three courses:
One of the following two courses on Social-Emotional Development:
HUDK 5029 Personality Development and Socialization across the Lifespan
HUDK 5121 Children's Social and Emotional Development in Context
A fifth course selected from among the following options:
BBS 5068 - 5069 Brain and Behavior I and II (taken for a total of 3 points)
BBSN 5193 - Neuroscience of Adversity
HUDK 4027 Development of Mathematical Thinking
HUDK 4029 Human Cognition and Learning
HUDK 4080 Educational Psychology
HUDK 5024 Language Development
HUDK 5025 Spatial Thinking
HUDK 5030 Visual Explanations
BBSN 5007 Neuroscience Applications to Education
One of the following three STATISTICS courses taken for 3 points:
HUDM 4120 Basic Concepts in Statistics (if no undergraduate statistics)
HUDM 4122 Probability/Statistical Inference
HUDM 5122 Applied Regression Analysis
Two SPECIALIZED Courses in the Developmental Psychology Program taken for 3 points each.
HUDK 5500 Capstone
One additional course in the Developmental Psychology Program
Each student shall complete a Departmental Special Project.
The practicum will be the course in which you are mentored on your special project. The special project is intended to be a "culminating experience" that allows the student to integrate in one paper various aspects of what has been learned at Teachers College. The project does not have to be an empirical study, it can be a literature review or theoretical paper. If the special project involves an empirical study, it does not have to be a complete investigation; it can be a report of a pilot study. Students should aim to generate an organized, scholarly document, reporting thoughtful, careful and rigorous work
Additional COURSES OUTSIDE the Developmental Psychology Program taken for 1-3 points each. (To meet the College breadth requirement, students must take a total of six points in Teachers College courses outside the program, by any combination of courses).
One ELECTIVE COURSE selected in consultation with an advisor. Note: Students doing a field-based internship should enroll in HUDK5100.
In consultation with an advisor and with permission of the supervising faculty member, a relevant independent study may be taken, but is not required.
Special Project (completed as part of the HUDK 5500 course): The special project is intended to be a "culminating experience" that allows students to integrate in one paper various aspects of what has been learned at Teachers College. The project does not have to be an empirical study; it can be a literature review, theoretical paper, evaluation of an educational program, or a research proposal. If the special project involves an empirical study, it does not have to be a complete investigation; it can be a report of a pilot study. Students should aim to generate an organized, scholarly document, reporting thoughtful, careful, and rigorous work.
For the M.A. degree, no transfer credit is granted for work completed at other universities.
Students are expected to make satisfactory progress toward the completion of degree requirements. If satisfactory progress is not maintained, a student may be dismissed from the program. Where there are concerns about satisfactory progress, students will be informed by the program faculty. If a student is performing below expectations, remedial work within an appropriate timeline may be required.
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