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Apply critical thinking skills to challenges and issues in
Design, plan, and conduct research and/or evaluation to advance
knowledge and practice in developmental psychology.
Apply scientifically established knowledge from the study of human
development and policy.
Discern and evaluate policy and advocacy processes regarding issues
across the life span to effect change.
Evaluate developmental processes and theories that address the needs
of individuals and diverse populations.
Adhere to ethical standards and guidelines in professional
Our PhD in Psychology, Developmental Psychology program is designed
to remove roadblocks for you and demystify the dissertation process.
This unique approach centers on supporting you in three ways: through
program structure, a dedicated faculty and support team, and online
resources. To help generate momentum toward graduation, you’ll begin
your dissertation early in the program. Our faculty, support team, and
online resources will help guide you every step of the way.
Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.
Get real-world skills. Our Research in Psychology course allows you
to conduct research alongside Capella faculty.
Our applied teaching track program helps you gain experience as a teaching assistant or tutor to build your vitae and help your career.
Learn the latest in theory and practice from experienced doctoral
faculty who are actively engaged in their professions.
Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you
need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way
around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however
Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who
want it. We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.
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The online PhD in Psychology, Developmental Psychology curriculum
features a foundation of the science of psychology, while
specialization coursework provides depth. Specialize in child and
adolescent development, adulthood and aging, or lifespan. The program
includes dissertation research seminars which allow you to
get an early start on your dissertation.
Qualitative Design and Analysis
Learners in this course assess the fundamental concepts needed to
conduct qualitative research. Learners practice qualitative research
techniques; appropriate applications of qualitative research; the
strengths and weaknesses of qualitative research design, sampling, and
analysis and their associated interdependencies; and leverage
technology when applicable. Learners also determine the steps
necessary to ensure human subjects protection, and consider
methodological adaptations when conducting research with vulnerable
and diverse populations.
Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.
|5 quarter credits|
In this course, learners gain and apply knowledge of lifespan
development from infancy through adulthood, including human
development processes and milestones. Learners evaluate theories and
approaches for examining human development and analyze human
development processes related to their specialization.
|5 quarter credits|
Psychology of Personality
This course is an examination of personality development from the
perspective of several theoretical orientations: psychodynamic,
humanistic/ existential, dispositional, and learning theory. Learners
analyze and evaluate these theories and consider how other factors
such as culture and gender contribute to personality development. This
course also allows learners to apply personality theory to their
|5 quarter credits|
In this course, learners gain and apply knowledge of the
developmental stages from early adolescence to emerging adulthood.
Learners evaluate and articulate the physical, psychosocial,
emotional, sexual, moral, and cognitive changes associated with
adolescent development and examine the ways in which adolescent
development is influenced by family, society, and culture. Learners
also assess the evolving needs of adolescents and apply theory and
research in order to recommend appropriate responses to those
|5 quarter credits|
Policy Analysis and Research
In this course, learners examine the concepts, principles, and stages
of public policy analysis and development. Learners study the models
and tools used by policymakers and policy analysts to evaluate the
effect of programs and projects on societal problems. Topics include
political, legal, economic, and social institutions and processes; the
impact of policy on public value; policy assessment; and global
complications of policy processes.
|4 quarter credits|
Faculty member Jessica Emick, PhD, discusses the field and her own experience in advocacy.
Need help deciding between a PsyD and PhD? Learn the differences between these doctoral degree programs.
Learn more about Capella's PhD in Psychology program and available specializations.
Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our
online developmental psychology doctoral degree.
*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some
positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure,
certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because
many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella
cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a
promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you
to research requirements for your job target and career goals.
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