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2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Apr 23, 2024
2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog

Applied Developmental Psychology, MS

The Applied Developmental Psychology Master of Science program at the Pitt School of Education emphasizes the correlation between research and practice in the promotion of positive outcomes in human development for children, youth, and families. Students who complete the Master of Science degree in Applied Developmental Psychology become experts in applying knowledge of child development and evidence-based practices to address real-world problems in real-world settings. Students also become experienced in interdisciplinary collaboration as they design, implement, and evaluate innovative intervention programs for children, youth, and families.

The Master of Science degree requires 36 credits distributed as follows: Applied Developmental Psychology (ADP) Core courses (18 credits), elective specialization courses (12 credits), and Community-Based Practice Learning (with capstone project) courses (6 credits).

Additional requirements for graduation include successful completion and oral defense of a written Capstone project that may include community-based placement.


Specialization Courses

In the second year of the program, students complete in-depth study and training in courses aligned with their chosen concentration/specialization area, as well as complete a community-based practice learning experience that consists of a field placement and development of the Master’s capstone project. ADP Master of Science students presently may select from five concentrations, Applied Research Methods for Child and Youth Serving Organizations (ARMO), Behavioral Health in Schools and Communities (BHSC), Children with Special Healthcare needs with Child Life Option (CSHCN), Child Youth Development (CYD), and Infant Mental Health (IMH), or, they may design their own course of study with advisor approval. See typical course offering by concentration below.

ADP MS options include completion of the Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate, Study Abroad, and taking additional elective courses.

Choose 12.0 credits from the following courses (other courses may be chosen based on specialization with advisor approval):


Capstone Courses

Students will create and complete a community-based Capstone project with the support of ADP MS and University of Pittsburgh faculty.  The Capstone experience includes a total of six (6) credits including two pro-seminar classes and four (4) credits of community-engaged practice. 

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