Developmental and Child Psychology

People change as they age. Developmental and child psychology majors are responsible for understanding the changes we undergo as we grow up and become adults. This major is ideal for those who love the idea of working with children and teens and want to better understand the workings of young minds.Students majoring in developmental and child psychology find themselves learning about the various facets of development. These include cognitive and perceptual development, emotional development, personality development, biological maturation on behavior, theories of cognitive growth, testing and assessment methods, and the psychology of aging. You'll take classes in these subjects in various settings - some will take place in a traditional classroom, while some may require clinical observation, lab work, or interviews. After graduating, you'll find career opportunities in educational institutions, community health organizations, learning centers, or government or private research centers. Returning to school for a master's degree or doctorate will increase the number of job opportunities available to developmental and child psychology majors.

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Columbia University in the City of New York

Founded in 1754, Columbia University is a private research university located in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The urban Ivy League campus houses 17 libraries and 20 schools, which offer upwards of 350 majors, as well as the Cathedral of St. John...

“…Columbia University is extremely challenging and therefore extremely rewarding. It does not allow you room to be average or mediocre because it encourages excellence. CU will show you what you are made of.” – Krizia from Fort Bragg, NC

Cornell University

As an Ivy League, a research institution, and one of three private land-grant universities in the US, Cornell University admissions are highly competitive. Since Cornell was founded in 1865 in Ithaca, NY, it has been a co-educational, nonsectarian...

“…Classes are hard, but if you manage your time wisely, you'll be able to handle your courseload. That being said, don't expect anyone to hold your hand or bail you out of a tough academic situation. Students are expected to take it upon themselves to...” – John from MD

New York University

New York University, more commonly referred to as NYU, is a private university with campuses and academic centers all over the world, including Abu Dhabi, Shanghai, Africa, and Europe. As one of the largest private universities in the US, it’s...

“…NYU isn't a tight-knit campus school because its buildings are scattered throughout Lower Manhattan, so meeting people and developing a network is more difficult than the traditional environment where you may often see the same faces around school....” – Ian from Marietta, GA

University of Pennsylvania

Founded in 1740 by Benjamin Franklin, the University of Pennsylvania is a private Ivy League institution in Philadelphia. UPenn hosts 12 schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 90 academic fields of study. Additionally, UPenn’s Gothic-style...

“…The University of Pennsylvania is a school of opportunity, and is only as good as you make it. I loved it with all my heart, because I let it take my breath away every moment as I walked down the beautiful Locust Walk to my classes, dorms, or to meet...” – Helen from New York, NY

University of Maryland-College Park

Founded in 1856, the University of Maryland-College Park is a 4-year public research university in Maryland’s Capital Region and the flagship campus of the UMD system. UMD hosts 12 colleges and schools granting undergraduate degrees in 92 academic...

“…The academics at the University of Maryland are incredible. They have Limited Enrollment Program for Engineering and Business (top notch fields at UMD) and are ranked high in the many different fields that they offer.” – David from Bowie, MD

University of Houston

The University of Houston is a public research institution and the third-largest university in Texas. UH is home to 16 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in 108 fields of study. A diverse campus, UH has been designated an Hispanic-...

“…No matter what major you'll get into, you'll definitely learn a lot. There a many professors who care if you're actually learning or not and they will try to engage you as best as they can with the amount of students they have. I'm in the Honors...” – Gregory from Houston, TX

Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA
Boston College

Boston College is a 4-year Jesuit Catholic University and the first institution of higher learning founded in the city of Boston. BC is home to eight schools and colleges conferring degrees in over 50 fields of study. As a Catholic university, Boston...

“…Boston College is an ideal school. With a mid-sized undergraduate body of around 9000 students, ample major options, a beautiful and navigable campus, and wonderful and accessible professors, it was an easy decision to decide to go here. Nothing...” – Claudia from McHenry, IL

Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University was founded in 1873 as a private research university in Nashville, Tennessee. Academically, the university focuses on an interdisciplinary approach,  encouraging students to take courses from any of the 143 areas of study. The...

“…Vanderbilt is often confused with one of them Ivy League schools up in Connecticut or wherever, but with good reason. If you choose to attend the prestigious Vanderbilt University then you will receive a very fine education from professors who want...” – K from Atlanta, GA

Johns Hopkins University

Named for a well-known abolitionist and philanthropist, Johns Hopkins University is a private institution in Baltimore and the first research university in the United States. JHU confers degrees and certificates in over 260 academic programs....

“…Even the intro classes that everyone takes are very intense. Once you reach the higher level courses you cover large amount of info on a very specific topic over a relatively short period of time. ” – Alison from Berwyn, IL

University of California-San Diego

Founded in 1960, the University of California of San Diego is a research institution located in La Jolla, CA. The 1,200 coastal woodland campus along the Pacific Ocean is home to six undergraduate colleges, five academic divisions, 5 graduate and...

“…Many of the classes are challenging and I was able to learn alot from chemistry to ethnic studies (which I took this year). Some teachers can seem impersonal, but there is a program called dine with a prof to meet them outside class. Most lectures...” – Ronald from San Diego, CA

University of Kansas

The University of Kansas is a public research institution. The main campus is located in Lawrence, Kansas, and is one of five in the University of Kansas system. KU offers more than 200 undergraduate majors in one of the largest college towns in the...

“…As with other colleges, freshman year generally means class sizes in the hundreds. However, the professors and teaching assistants do a relatively good job on relaying information to classes of these sizes. Most of my classes used PowerPoint slides...” – Nik from Kansas City

University of Rochester

The University of Rochester is private, research university highly ranked in the National Universities list by U.S. News & World Report. It operates under the mission "Learn, Discover, Heal, Create—and Make the World Ever Better" and students can...

“…The curriculum at the University of Rochester is what really makes it special. There are no general education requirements. The only required course for all majors is a writing class, which is offered in many subject areas to allow you to explore a...” – Eloise from Rochester, NY

Fordham University

Founded in 1841 by the Catholic Diocese of New York, Fordham University is a Jesuit institution in New York City and the oldest Catholic university in the northeast. With three campus locations throughout the city, Fordham is home to four...

“…The university offer excellent academics in a major cosmopolitan city. The classes can be rigorous or easier depending on how much you decide to challenge yourself. The core curriculum allows the university's students to become well-rounded,...” – Anelisa from North Miami Beach, FL

University of Connecticut

The University of Connecticut is a public research university that houses 14 schools and colleges, and more than 100 undergraduate majors. Centered around Horsebarn Hill, the university features a floriculture greenhouse, animal barns, and Dairy Bar,...

“…Everyone here is very accommodating. Resources are easy to come by. The available courses are diverse and interesting.” – TF from Norwich, CT

Loyola University Chicago

Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is a Catholic, Jesuit university located in the city of Chicago. Loyola has four campuses in the Chicago area–the main Lake Shore Campus along Lake Michigan, Water Tower Campus in the heart of downtown, the...

“…loyola has a gorgeous campus,, and is in a quiet, diverse area of a great city. being a relatively expensive, private institution, however, means that the make-up of the university is not nearly as diverse. the small size and great reputation will...” – Jason from Chicago, IL

Western Washington University

Western Washington University is a public institution located in the coastal city of Bellingham. WWU offers more than 160 academic programs on the campus, which is surrounding by 6 miles of trails for students to explore. The university was named a...

“…WWU’s faculty can be characterized as innovative, challenging, and accommodating. Most every classroom is equipped with the technology to allow for multi-media presentations, so you will never have a talking head professor. The professors try to...” – Patricia from Brush Prairie, WA

University of Massachusetts-Boston

From its waterfront campus overlooking Dorchester Bay, the University of Massachusetts-Boston is a 4-year public research institution and part of the UMass system. UMass Boston is home to 10 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in 77...

“…I think the professors are great, although not all, most are very helpful and teach well.” – Kristina from Somerville, MA

The University of Texas at Dallas

Founded in 1961 by three Texas Instruments executives, the University of Texas at Dallas is a 4-year public institution in the Dallas metro area and a campus of the UT system. UT Dallas encompasses eight schools granting degrees in over 140 fields of...

“…I am learning a lot at UTD. The professors are very knowledgeable in the topics they cover in class and are very willing to help you if you are struggling. Take advantage of the professor's office hours. In class, the professors teach the lessons,...” – June from Irving, TX

Texas Christian University

Texas Christian University is a Tier 1 University with higher research activity and rated as having a more selective admissions process. The TCU mission is "to educate individuals to think and act as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in the...

“…There is this thing called TCU Core and basically you have to take classes in every subject to complete the core. It has nothing to do with your major, but it makes you very well rounded. For example, I'm a Journalism major, but I'm taking art,...” – Mariah from Oro Valley, AZ

Eckerd College
Saint Petersburg, FL
Eckerd College

Located in St. Petersburg, FL, Eckerd College is a 4-year liberal arts institution on a mile-long waterfront beach. Eckerd offers upwards of 40 majors, all of which include 4 years of classes in art, literature, the natural and social sciences...

“… Eckerd is home. Unlike any other school I feel comfortable as myself. No other school would help create me the way Eckerd College has. ” – Michelle from Crystal Lake, IL

Duquesne University

Founded by missionaries of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, Duquesne University is a 4-year Catholic institution in Pittsburgh and the only Spiritan university in the country. Duquesne is home to nine schools of study emphasizing the liberal arts...

“…Duquesne University is a mid-size campus with all buildings within walking distance from the dorms. The learning community (with approximately 10,000 students) is extraordinary with teachers willing to help you in any way possible in order to earn...” – Addison from Pittsburgh, PA

Utica College

Utica College is a 4-year private institution founded in 1946 and located in central New York, in the town of the same name. Utica offers 38 undergraduate majors on its 128-acre campus along with 31 minors and 21 graduate programs. UC students can...

“…Very big campus with a lot of resources available to you. So many student organizations, it's pretty easy to join one and very rewarding. The shuttles let you access the mall and the shopping center so you may get whatever you need without...” – Charity from Indianapolis, IN

Savannah State University

Founded in 1890, Savannah State University is an Historically Black College and University in east Georgia and the state’s oldest public HBCU. A member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Savannah State grants bachelor’s degrees in 30 academic...

“…Savannah State makes tons of learning opportunities available to you, but you have to seek them out on your own. Going to class is not enough! The library has great hours, and there are a dozen tutors on campus. If you utilize these your grades will...” – Simone from Beaverton, OR

Eastern Washington University

Situated on a 300-acre campus in Cheney, Eastern Washington University is a 4-year institution that’s been an accredited 4-year-degree-conferring entity long before it took its current name in 1977. Since opening its doors in 1882, EWU has grown to...

“…I am learning a lot it especially in the history class I took in the spring. My professor was had a lot on knowledge about the subject and he enjoyed teaching.” – Latisha from Marysville, WA

Lee University

Lee University is a 4-year institution located in Cleveland, Tennessee. They offer 55 majors on the more than 119 acre campus with the focus of “develop[ing] within the students knowledge, appreciation, understanding, ability and skill which will...

“…Lee is Cleveland, Tennessee's best kept secret. From the great campus that is a wonderful combination of brick buildings and gorgeous landscapes to the people, the professors, the friends, and everyone in-between. Lee University is my home. ” – Anna from douglasville, GA

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

With campuses three miles apart, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities is the flagship campus with locations in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Minnesota confers bachelor’s degrees in more than 150 academic majors and minors. In addition, the U of M is...

“…Through one semester here at the University, it is not difficult to see that the capacity for learning is enormous. No matter what you choose to study or which classes you would like to take, the University has a plethora of options. For example, I'm...” – Craig from Waukesha, WI

Binghamton University

Binghamton University is a 4-year research institution located on a 930-acre campus in New York state and is ranked #32 in Top Public Schools by US News & World Report. The university’s six schools offer 130 academic programs that provide research...

“…The campus looks beautiful but it can be a lie! The winter here can be pretty gloomy but the fall and spring time is amazing. The popular things to study are engineering, business, and nursing. ” – Sharon from NYC

Lesley University

Lesley University is a 4-year private school in the greater Boston area. Originally founded as a teacher training institution, Lesley is now home to colleges of Art & Design, Liberal Arts, Education, and Social Sciences granting undergrad degrees in...

“…The professors are wonderful to work with and strive to do all they can to help you succeed. They make sure to map out the grading policy during the first few days of class so there are no misunderstandings when it comes to final grades. Even in my...” – Victoria from Boston, MA

Hampshire College

Founded as a home for new ideas in higher education, Hampshire College is a 4-year liberal arts college in western Massachusetts. Hampshire challenges all students to create an individualized curriculum culminating in a year-long advanced study...

“…It is a great school. All types of people from all over the world attend this school. There is so much potential for amazing things to happen here and to you at this college.” – George from New York, NY

Mount Saint Mary's University

Mount Saint Mary’s University is a women's college located in Los Angeles, California. This Catholic, 4-year institution's campus is nestled high in the Santa Monica Mountains and offers more than 30 majors and concentrations. MSMU puts particular...

“…The teachers really get to know the students and there is a lot of individual, personalized attention given to the students. There is a lot of help provided to everyone either with the teacher, students or in the Learning Resource Center where there...” – Lucia from Los Angeles, CA

Maryville College

Founded in 1819 and situated near the Great Smoky Mountains, Maryville College is a 4-year liberal arts college in east Tennessee. Maryville confers bachelor’s degrees in more than 60 academic programs. Surrounded by a 140-acre forest, Maryville...

“…Maryville College taught me how to write a premier college paper. MC also taught me how to manage my time through my freshman classes, faculty, and student body. Maryville College made school interesting and fun through the activities that occur in...” – Ryan from Knoxville, TN

Metropolitan State University of Denver

Metropolitan State University of Denver is a 4-year public urban university in the heart of downtown Denver. MSU Denver is home to colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, and Professional Studies conferring undergraduate degrees in over 85...

“…I think that MSU Denver is a great place to attend school and earn a four year Degree. Metro is a good school because of its affordability and closeness to everything in Denver. The learning program is good here and there are several student help...” – levi from aurora, CO

University of Maryland-Baltimore County

The University of Maryland-Baltimore County is a 4-year public institution based in Baltimore and part of the University of Maryland system. UMBC is home to seven colleges and schools hosting over 55 undergraduate degree-granting programs. In...

“…they have great research opportunities. however, they have large classes. there is also more of a focus on learning than sports or parties.” – Sarah from Gaithersburg, MD

University of Detroit Mercy

The University of Detroit Mercy is a private institution based in Detroit, Michigan. The school is sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy and the Society of Jesus. The school operates three campuses, McNichols, Riverfront, and Corktown, making...

“…The classes that I have been enrolled in have been challenging, yet reasonable. I feel as though I am learning a lot of material very thoroughly, but I am able to keep up with it. The small class size helps students learn more especially in...” – Allison from Shelby Township, MI

North Dakota State University-Main Campus

Originally founded as an agricultural college, North Dakota State University is a 4-year public school in Fargo. NDSU is home to seven colleges offering bachelor’s degrees in over 45 areas of study. In addition to classroom space, North Dakota State...

“…There are plenty of majors and classes to select from. NDSU does a very good job of keeping classes interesting and very informative. I believe that the classes I take from my major are very crucial part of class and I love taking them. ” – Bryce from Woodbury, MN

Mount Ida College

This college is closed as of May 2018. 

“…mount ida is a great school. i have made lots of friends and have learned many new things. i know have great leadership abilities that i did not have before.” – Matthew from RUTLAND, MA

Cornerstone University

Cornerstone University is a private, Christ-centered institution established in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Life on campus is rooted in the college’s Cornerstone Virtue Project, which guides students in the exploration of virtue throughout chapel...

“…A great theologically-based undergraduate institution. You really get to make friendships that will last a lifetime. ” – Samantha from Grand Rapids, MI

Gallaudet University

Founded in 1864 in Washington, DC, Gallaudet University is a private, international institution that focuses on education for the deaf and hard of hearing. All classes are taught in both English and American Sign Language. Many students choose to...

“…The way the classes are set up, you won't miss anything that is said/signed in class.” – Craigory from Cincinnati, OH

University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne

The University of Saint Francis is a private, Christ-centered institution located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The campus features a number of historic facilities, such as the Brookside Mansion, which once was home to the entire college, and now hosts...

“…This is a great school overall. However the business office needs to be more friendly and helping. I know I picked the best school possible.” – Maria from Fort Wayne, IN

Henderson State University

Henderson State University is one of only 10 public schools in the state and has the alma mater “The School with a Heart.” Rated as having “selective” admissions, HSU offers the only bachelor’s degree in aviation in the state. The Reynolds...

“…Henderson State University is a great university. The campus and faculty make you feel at home everyday. If I had to go back to senior year in high school and make a college decision again, I would still choose Henderson State University.” – Olandera from Pine Bluff, AR

Originally founded as Miss Wheelock’s Kindergarten Training School, Boston University Wheelock is a college of education affiliated with Boston University. BU Wheelock confers bachelor’s degrees in 10 educational fields of study. Additionally, BU...

“…The classes are all really interesting and the professors know a lot and are great.” – Nicholas from Waterford, ME

Bennington College

Bennington College is a private liberal arts institution located in the rural town of Bennington, Vermont. It is a nonsectarian institution with a “selective” admissions process. All students must complete an annual 7-week internship through the...

“…I recently had a tour at Bennington College and I also attended an information session. The impression I got was that Bennington College offers students an amazing education for several reasons: 1. Students learn what they want to learn: Students...” – A high school senior from northern VT

Marlboro College is a 4-year liberal arts college with a campus nestled in the heart of southern Vermont’s scenic Green Mountains. Marlboro offers a standard array of degree fields, but more than half of the student body opts to take an...

“…There are a lot of intellectuals on campus, and everyone seems to be a self-created expert in something. Just a casual conversation with someone over lunch can be a stimulating experience.” – wendalement

William Carey University is a private, Christ-centered institution located primarily in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, with an additional campus in the city of Biloxi. WCU offers a variety of undergraduate programs, as well as a sizable selection of...

“…William Carey University is a wonderful school for prospective students looking for a pleasant atmosphere and Christian atmosphere. William Carey University really strives to encourage every student to never give up on their visions. Willaim Carey...” – ShaQuenna Arrington

Saint Mary's College of California

Founded by the local archbishop, Saint Mary’s College of California is a Catholic liberal arts college in the Bay Area administered by the De La Salle Christian Brothers. Saint Mary’s is home to schools of Economics, Liberal Arts, and Science...

“…I learn so much in each class that it amazes me sometimes. I can't believe how much professors can teach me in a small amount of time, and I love the interaction between students and their professors on different topics and information. ” – Chelsea from Clovis, CA

Metropolitan State University

Metropolitan State University is a public, 4-year institution located primarily in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Along with the school’s main campus, MSU also maintains centers in both Midway and Minneapolis. While the college offers an expansive catalog of...

“…Metropolitan state is a diverse school with supportive community. Been in my first I hard supportive instructors and peers who make my transition from high school to college in smooth way.” – Adan from minneapolis, MN

Morningside College

Morningside College is a 4-year liberal arts college in northwest Iowa affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Morningside is home to over 65 undergrad degree-granting and pre-professional programs. Every school year culminates in May Term, a...

“…Most of my classes are a good mix of challenging and easy material. I do spend about 3 hours a day studying, but even so I find my chemisty class especially difficult. There are times, though, in all of my classes when I feel like I've learned the...” – Jessyka from Linwood, KS

Eureka College

Founded in 1855 by a group of abolitionists, Eureka College is a 4-year liberal arts and sciences institution in central Illinois, as well as the first college in the state to admit both genders. Eureka grants bachelor’s degrees in 36 academic majors...

“…The teachers are fantastic and really committed to educating their students. You will never have a class of more than about 25 people (and that's for a gen-ed requirement) and you will never be taught by a TA.” – Jillian from Peoria, IL

Brandman University is a private institution created to help working adults improve their careers through education. With 25 campuses, some of which are located on military bases, as well as several programs offered entirely online, Brandman...

“…Brandman University is the adult working person's institution for furthering their education. Flexible class option for online or blended formats as well as short term allowing for flexibility in the professional area of one's life. Brandman...” – Sarah from Fairfield, CA

LeTourneau University

LeTourneau University is a private, Christian polytechnic institution situated in Longview, Texas. On top of providing education for traditional students, LETU operates education centers for nontraditional students in Longview, Dallas, and Houston. A...

“…Definitely the best choice I could have made, education-wise. LeTourneau's faculty are engaging and interested in the welfare of their students and do their best to help you learn. Everything is tailored to help you in your specific major so you...” – Lynnea from Dallas, TX

Bay Path University

Named for a trail utilized by Native Americans, Bay Path University is an all-female undergraduate college in southern Massachusetts with co-educational programs at the graduate level. Bay Path confers bachelor’s degrees in 58 programs of study and...

“… Bay Path is a wonderful college with a great community-like feel to it. Professors, students, and even facility workers are always so friendly. Plus, the school has pretty decent food!” – Erika from East Brookfield, MA

Established in 1887, McPherson College is a private, Christ-centered institution located on a 27-acre, urban campus in Kansas. MC offers career-oriented programs in over 30 fields of study, as well as the opportunity for students to create their own...

“…McPherson College is a fantastic school, it's the perfect size and people here really care about students. They have great extracurricular programs and student employment opportunities. The only down side is a lack of degree options.” – James from Goddard, KS

Castleton University

Founded in 1787, Castleton University is a public liberal arts institution located in the rural town of Castleton, Vermont. It is the first institution of higher learning established in the state and home to the Jeffords Science Center, which is...

“…Castleton State College boasts about being a small college with a big heart, and I completely agree with this descriptor. Within the first month of attending, I could almost recognize every person on campus - staff or students - and each of them was...” – Melissa

East Texas Baptist University

East Texas Baptist University is a private, Christian institution established in the city of Marshall and featuring 8 schools that offer 43 undergraduate majors. Full-time students at ETBU are required to attend 22 scheduled chapels each semester,...

“…Professors at ETBU are always going above and beyond. They're available quite often if you ever need help. It's obvious that they love to do what they're doing.” – Nicole

Warner Pacific College is a private, Christ-centered institution established on an urban, 15-acre campus in Portland, Oregon, with satellite locations throughout the city and in Longview and Vancouver. WP offers over 50 undergraduate major and minor...

“…Warner Pacific College is an urban college located in the center of Portland Oregon. For a christ based liberal arts education, Warner Pacific is the best choice. You will enjoy close friends and be challenged to earn a relevant education to your...” – Lucy from Vancouver, WA

Tennessee Wesleyan University is a public, 4-year institution established in Nashville. The 500-acre main campus is situated approximately ten minutes from the downtown area and is accompanied by the Avon Williams Campus, which is directly in the...

“…I am a current freshman at TWC. I feel like my academics have soared so much higher since high school. I feel everyday in class is not a waste. ” – Kaylee from Wartburg, TN

Emmanuel College (MA)

Emmanuel College - Massachusetts is a private Roman Catholic institution. Originally a women’s college, it is now coeducational. EC is a part of the Colleges of Fenway consortium and operates two satellite locations in Quincy and Woburn as well as a...

“…Emmanuel is a great school, the professors are easy to relate to and know what they are talking about. I have a great time attending this school. ” – J

Copiah-Lincoln Community College

Copiah-Lincoln Community College is a public, 2-year institution primarily located in Wesson, Mississippi. The college hosts satellite locations in seven other counties within the state as well. Students enrolled at Co-Lin can take advantage of a...

“…I am planning on learning a lot in my course or study at Copiah Lincoln Community College.” – LaTasha Hooker

Teachers College at Columbia University

Teachers College at Columbia University is a private, graduate institution established in New York City. Despite the college’s name, academics at TC are focused primarily on the fields of health, psychology, and education. Students attending the...

Based out of Minneapolis, Walden University is an online for-profit college dedicated to adult learners. Walden confers undergrad and graduate degrees in over 80 academic programs. To accommodate working students’ schedules, Walden allows students to...

CUNY Graduate School and University Center

CUNY Graduate School and University Center is rated as a Doctoral University with Highest Research Activity and set in Midtown Manhattan. The graduate school is home to several research centers and promotes interdisciplinary research and...