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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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...

“…Cornell University has a large campus that feels small and intimate. The resources provided to students are unparalleled, as there are research opportunities and classes that allow students to meet professors who are leaders in their fields of work....” – Carli from Rochester Hills, MI

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...

“…Penn students are defined by their passion, even if it is undefined upon entering freshman year. Classes are so difficult that you have to experience them to understand, but the sense of accomplishment that comes with mastery over them is liberating...” – Josh from Dayville, CT

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 University of Maryland may offer some of the most profound opportunities to excel through student organizations, on-site programs amenities, and superb degree programs - but the financial aid resources, limited and mediocre academic advising, and...” – Gabrielle from College Park, MD

University of South Florida-Main Campus

The University of South Florida is a public research university located in Tampa, FL, offering more than 180 majors and concentrations. Ranked on multiple lists for its research efforts, USF Tampa’s Office of Undergraduate Research allows all citizen...

“…Beautiful campus with great people. Get involved! Have fun! Get out of your comfort zone!” – Jonielle from Miramar, FL

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...

“…bc is a great university that is geared for all types of students. it is a liberal arts university with schools in business, nursings, arts and sciences, and education. everyone at bc is friendly and outgoing, and it is a great choice for a college...” – Anonymous from Chestnut Hill, MA

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...

“…If you're not rich, it's totally a different world you will be living in. (the Vandybubble) It's annoying but the experience and education is SO worth it. WE BLEED BLACK AND GOLD- LET'S GO DORES!” – Z from Nashville, TN

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....

“…Johns Hopkins offers rigorous academics and research opportunities, and caters to a wide variety of academic interests. The smaller size of the school makes it feel like a home and connects you to the rest of your peers. There is a sense of unity...” – Vanessa from Thousand Oaks, CA

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...

“…UCSD is everything I wanted out of a school -- I love it here! The campus life is definitely present, but decentralized enough that you are free to participate however much you wish to. The location is wonderful and the opportunities are endless --...” – Isabella

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...

“…Great school, good campus, good night life, good education. Big classes at first, but they slim down as you progress. You will fall in love with this school.” – Jordan from Littleton, CO

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,...

“…The University of Connecticut is a great university for students all around the world. It is very diverse and has become a second home for many students. It is great because it brings a lot of opportunities for students to make a difference in the...” – Jose from Naugatuck, 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 is a University that is willing to go above and beyond for their students. Administrative faculty and Professors are prepared to help elevate a students skills for their choice of job opportunity. Loyola will give you the confidence you need...” – Zoe 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 is an incredible place to learn and live. It is small enough to not get lost in the crowd and recognize others while walking around but big enough to never be bored and continually meet new people. Nothing bad to report. ” – Alicia

Southern New Hampshire University

Originally conceived as a school of accounting and secretarial science, Southern New Hampshire University has grown to become a 4-year private university. SNHU confers bachelor’s degrees in more than 150 academic majors available both on campus and...

“…I give Southern New Hampshire University an excellent rating, five stars out of five stars. I feel at home here and have little financial, academic, or social worries. Southern New Hampshire University does an outstanding job at building...” – Mallory from Gorham, NH

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...

“…A growing university that is not given as much credit as it should get. Great campus and professors who care about their students. The opputunities are growing here everyday--it's a great time to be here. ” – Alyssa from Richardson, 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...

“…TCU is a small-medium size school that is gaining national recognition in academics and sports. The community is very supportive and school-spirited. The students and professors are all passionate about their particular area of study and just...” – Becca from California

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 is a great school for respectable students that really want to learn and better themselves. Duquesne truly cares about improving people all around--mentally, emotionally, physically, and religiously. This is not just a campus where people go...” – Lauren from Wampum, 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...

“…Utica College has tremendous school spirit. The faculty and students push each other to do their best; like a family. The isolated area will allow students to focus on academics, rather than being around the tourist cites.” – Ignacia from Bronx, NY

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...

“…I think Savannah State University has a beautiful Campus. Savannah State University is inexpensive. Savannah State University has adequate and even new housing.” – Jordan from Union City, GA

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...

“…Eastern Washington University in Cheney Washington is a college were everyone tries to help you succeed in everything that you want to do. They help you plan out your schedule and have many different degrees in which you can branch out to. The school...” – Kimberly from Colville, 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 University is a great school that challenges its students academically and spiritually. There are many clubs on campus and numerous ways to get involved. Lee will equip you for the future and give you tools for a successful life after college.” – Sarah from Murrayville, 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...

“…The U of M is a great university with a lot to offer any prospective student. It as one of the top non-ivy league universities in the world. Given that the Twin-Cities is full of fortune 500 companies who are eager to hire U of M alumni, a lot of...” – Brandon from Milwaukee, 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...

“…Binghamton University has been a very academic, challenging and exceptional institution for my higher education experience. I have gotten involved with many different clubs, theater, sorority, community service and continue to maintain over a 3.5...” – jocelyn from Scarsdale, NY

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...

“…Lesley is a small enough school to feel at home, but has a large enough reach to feel like apart of a larger world. This very environmentally conscious school helps each student grow exponentially as a student through a huge variety of opportunities...” – Margaret from North Kingstown, RI

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...

“…Hampshire College has a beautiful campus, creative engaging students and a unique approach to education.” – Kahari from Springfield, MA

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...

“…mount st. mary's college has brought me countless opportunities. not only with my intellectual learning , but also physically and emotionally. compared to all the other colleges i toured and explored, mount st. mary's was the ideal school for me.” – Carolina from Chula Vista, 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 is a beautiful, historical college; every building tells a different story. You learn so much in your four years here and you graduate knowing all your professors, and some you didn't even have, on a personal level. Beware though:...” – Ravyn 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...

“…In general Metro State is a good school. Teachers are fantastic, but administration could be much more organized. The college is in the heart of denver and is a very unique place to go to school. ” – the dude

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...

“…the university of maryland, baltimore county is currently the number one up and coming university in america and for good reason. there are a number of great programs for any type of student and the social scene is growing rapidly. for my money umbc...” – Kyle from Burtonsville, 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 best university that I have ever been to. Everything at the University deserves a ten rating. Admissions are the most helpful when it comes to classes.” – India from Detroit, MI

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...

“…CU has a community that encourages you to thrive in your area of study as well as having a great college experience. The Christian emphasis effects everything from dorm life to student activities to classes. CU changed my life. ” – Shanice from Holland, MI

Emporia State University

Founded in 1863, Emporia State University is a public institution with “selective” admissions that offers a flat rate tuition. The Emporia State campus houses the Johnston Geology Museum, the Peterson Planetarium, and the Richard H. Schmidt Museum of...

“…Emporia State has a friendly, inviting and warm atmosphere about it. The professors and advisers care about you and the teacher's college is full of some of the most kind and understanding people you will ever meet. I loved it here, and was said to...” – Abbey from Wichita, KS

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...

“…Gallaudet University is a University for deaf or hard of hearing students. Gallaudet University is an amazing college for deaf or hard of hearing people. It is a university that helps college students shine and become successful in their future...” – Lesli from Negaunee, MI

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...

“…The University of Saint Francis is a wonderful university to attend. It has an amazing nursing program. I recommend this school to anyone looking for not only a good education but a good Catholic institute as well. ” – Sara

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...

“…Growing to remain a viable option for students. Very student friendly. A good mix of academics and fun.” – E. from Gurdon, 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...

“…Wheelock College is an excellent school for student who want to improve the lives of children and families. Wheelock College is for students who want to inspire a world of good. Wheelock College is for students who have the natural ability to help...” – Cianalyn from Chicopee, MA

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...

“…bennington college is a place where intellectual development is highly and constantly encouraged. students are challenged using innovative ideas. the community is welcoming and close-knit.” – Brianna from New York, NY

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...

“…Marlboro College is a unique, interdisciplinary learning experience where you know your professors personally, sometimes even having dinner at their own homes. Marlboro is prized for its serious academic rigor and success. The student body of about...” – Rebecca from Red Lion, PA

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 great small, Christian university. The U.S. News and World Reports ranked Carey as the number one best valued college in the south. Trust me, they are definitely right about that.” – Ashton from Northport, AL

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...

“…saint mary's college is an amazing school. here you will meet amazing people and professors that will teach you a lot about yourself and life. be prepared to leave high school behind because you literally grow more as a person and student in your...” – Sandra from CA

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...

“…Morningside was my first choice in college because of the awesome people and it was perfect for my intended majors. Easily 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion.” – Spencer from Sioux City, IA

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 is an online school that has dedicated its curriculum and class structure to the busy or working individual. Classes are online and 95% of the work includes reading, essays, forum writing, or team exercises; only once have I take a multiple...” – Jessica from Summerland, 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...

“…What makes LeTourneau such an incredible university is the people. The students, professors, resident directors, and even the cafeteria workers all care about you and help you to succeed. There is a unique kind of Christian love and support that...” – Kimberly from Spring, 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...

“…A great place to further your education.” – from springfield, 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...

“…i love castleton state college; the fact that i can recognise people from all of my classes is my favorite part of going to a small school. the quality of education is amazing for the cost of tuition. ” – Jazmin from Vergennes, VT

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,...

“…A small, social, one-on-one private College. Everything that is Christian based. We take every opportunity we can to help our community.” – Allison from Amarillo, TX

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 students are friendly. Warner Pacific College is easy to navigate. Warner Pacific College campus is close to many trendy restaurants. ” – Brittney from Portland, OR

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...

“…tennessee wesleyan is a great college and worth the money. the professors take time to help each individual student and they don't just treat their students like a number. they really try to get you envolved in the community to help better your...” – Brandi from Tellico Plains, TN

Emmanuel College

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...

“…It has a great science program. The professors really do want to help you and see you do well. However, it's very small and it's almost like a high school. Also, not much ever happens on campus. ” – Terese from Lincoln, MA

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...

“…Great classes Great teachers Hard to get in touch with over the phone.” – Stuart from Bogue Chitto, MS

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...

“…Gorgeous campus with original structures. First university in the state of New York. Amazing location in New York city walking distance to anything you want. ” – Cora from Purchase, NY

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...