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Child and Adolescent Development Specialization Master of Science in Psychology

Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Science

Overview

Become a subject matter expert and a leader in organizations serving adolescents. Capella University is one of only a few online universities to offer a Master's in Child and Adolescent Development program. This program may also be a good first step for those who wish to pursue a doctorate in psychology, and will cover topics to help you relate mental health, social, and educational issues to help affect policy impacting children and adolescents.

The Building Blocks of Your Master’s Program

 Receive in-depth information on child-development stages from prenatal to late adolescence. You’ll develop the ability to work with a broad spectrum of behaviors, facilitating children’s optimal development. Our streamlined Child and Adolescent Development program offers in-depth knowledge on child and adolescent development that can be applied in areas such as education, human services, and behavioral health to name a few. Further accelerate your degree with our revolutionary FlexPath option.

FlexPath: A More Direct Path to Your Degree

 FlexPath can help you earn your degree on your own schedule, at your own pace — with the potential to save you time and money. FlexPath self-paced learning allows you to move quickly through subjects you’re more familiar with or more slowly as needed. You’ll develop the same mastery — and earn the same degree — as our GuidedPath learning format, only in a more efficient, more personalized way.

Degree Outcomes

 With your Master's in Child and Adolescent Development from Capella, you'll research and evaluate sources of knowledge, theory, and best professional practices within child development. You'll also analyze and evaluate the scientific and practical merit of research and literature pertaining to child and adolescent development.

 Career Outcomes

Common jobs with an online program in child and adolescent development include child development specialist, before/after school program director or early childhood education specialist. Potential workplaces include child and family service agency, early childhood education program, group home or social service agency.

Detailed Program Information

Get all the details about cost, courses, requirements, and more.

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Classes Start October 9th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

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Cost & Learning Formats

We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. That's why Capella offers two 100% competency-based, online learning formats to best fit your needs. Which learning format is right for you? Take our Path Finder Quiz

Our online-learning format that guides you along. You pay per credit; we set the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1–3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$485 per credit, 55 total quarter credits, 15 max transfer credits

Our self-paced learning format lets you take courses at your own speed, whenever your schedule allows.

  • Take unlimited courses (up to two at a time simultaneously) per 12-week billing session
  • Based on a program point system; 2 Capella quarter credits = 1 program point
  • Set your own deadlines, no courseroom discussions
  • Pay one flat-rate tuition fee per session
$2,500 per quarter, 27.5 total program points, 8 max transfer points

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable–there are more ways to save than you might think. 

10% Military Discount

Military service members and their spouses could be eligible for a discount.

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Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

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Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

Sample Courses

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
PSY7210 Lifespan Development
PSY6010 Human Prenatal Development
PSY7220 Child Psychology
PSY7230 Adolescent Psychology
PSY6020 Topics in Child and Adolescent Development

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  

Advisors

Want to learn more about courses, instructors, or resources? Ask our advisors–they know all about the details of your program.

Faculty

Our distinguished faculty holds top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now. 

Career Center

For this team, it’s more than resumes and interview tips. It’s about thoughtful and strategic career planning–beyond graduation.

Ready for the Next Step?

Learning online doesn't mean going it alone. Help is here. From faculty, coaches, advisors, and more. Plus a supportive community of students who are as passionate about their careers as you are about yours.