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Child and Adolescent Development Specialization Master of Science in Psychology

Harold Abel School of Psychology


Total program credits needed for graduation: 55

One academic quarter is three months. You will have a three-week break between each quarter.

Core Courses

20 course quarter credits

PSY5002† Foundations of Theory and Practice for Master's Psychology Learners OR 5 quarter credits
PSY5005† Foundations of Theory and Practice for Master's Psychology Learners 5 quarter credits
PSY7610 Tests and Measurements 5 quarter credits
PSY7860 Survey of Research Methods 5 quarter credits
PSY7864 Quantitative Design and Analysis 5 quarter credits

Specialization Courses

30 course quarter credits

PSY6010 Human Prenatal Development 5 quarter credits
PSY6020* Topics in Child and Adolescent Development 5 quarter credits
PSY7210 Lifespan Development 5 quarter credits
PSY7220 Child Psychology 5 quarter credits
PSY7230 Adolescent Psychology 5 quarter credits
PSY7543* Ethics and Multicultural Issues in Psychology 5 quarter credits

Integrated Project

Taken during learner's final quarter

PSY5201* Integrative Project for Master's Degree in Psychology 5 quarter credits

†Learners who may need additional support developing graduate-level academic and professional writing skills are placed in PSY5005.

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

This specialization is not accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) or by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, endorsement, other professional credential, or salary advancement. State licensing regulations and professional standards vary; learners are responsible for understanding and complying with the requirements of the state in which they intend to work. For more information, see the Licensure section for this program on Capella’s website (

This specialization has not been reviewed or approved by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB); KY residents are not eligible for certification, endorsement, rank change, licensure, renewal, etc. by the EPSB.

What Can I Expect?

Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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FlexPath Self-Paced Learning Option

If you’re highly motivated, looking to save time and money, and crave the freedom and flexibility of setting your own pace, you may want to consider FlexPath. Rather than face weekly deadlines, you’ll work at your own pace to complete a series of assessments for each course.

There’s no limit to the number of courses you can complete per session — you’ll still pay the same flat tuition rate every 12 weeks.

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Online Masters Degree in Child Adolescent Development Psychology | Courses - Capella University

Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which can help save time and money. You can transfer up to 15 credits into this specialization.

Online Masters Degree in Child Adolescent Development Psychology | Courses - Capella University

Take an Individual Course

Whether you're completing additional credits for your own education, want to see if online learning is right for you, or are simply interested in a specific topic, you can enroll in many of Capella's online courses without committing to a degree program. We recommend speaking with an enrollment counselor to discuss your goals and ensure that the credits you earn now may be applicable to a Capella degree program.

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