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Child and Adolescent Development
MS in Psychology

Gain a deeper understanding of the developing mind and help build a brighter future. The MS in Psychology, Child & Adolescent Development from Capella University prepares you to facilitate positive outcomes in the lives of children, adolescents, and families today. You’ll acquire a broad psychological skill set to address mental health, social, and educational issues in diverse professional settings, from education to human services. Sharpen your ability to evaluate and apply best practices, and learn how to advocate for policies that make a difference in the real world.

Deepen your understanding

Research and evaluate theory, best practices, and sources of knowledge within the field of child development.

Analyze & evaluate

Critically examine the scientific and practical value of research and literature pertaining to child and adolescent development.

Relevant & applicable

Our competency-based learning model allows you to apply new and valuable skills to the work you do every day.

Classes start June 3

Apply today with no application fee.

At a glance

  • Online
  • FlexPath available
  • 4 Core courses
  • 6 Specialization courses
  • Integrative project

With FlexPath, you can earn your master’s in psychology in 15 months and under $18,000.*

*Based on fastest 25% of students. Your program length and cost will vary by transfer credits, the per-session cost, and how quickly you complete courses. Books, supplies, and other fees apply.

What can you do with an MS in Child and Adolescent Development degree?

Your education can help you reach your professional and personal goals. While Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific career outcome, such as a job title, promotion, or salary increase, we encourage you to explore potential jobs and employment settings. Here are some ideas and examples for a graduate with an MS in Psychology, Child & Adolescent Development.

Job titles to explore

  • Child protective services manager
  • Adjunct or part-time psychology faculty
  • Instructor
  • Child development specialist
  • Child/youth program director
  • Before/after school program director
  • Child care center manager
  • Intervention advocate
  • Early childhood education specialist
  • Research assistant
  • Consultant
  • Child care specialist

Employment settings to explore

  • Health care organization
  • Child and family service agency
  • Early childhood education program
  • Government—local, state, federal
  • Law enforcement
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Religious organization
  • Group home
  • Social service agency
  • Community college

*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.