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I want to be a developmental child psychologist

what majors should i take in college . #psychology #development #psychologist #children #kids

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Asim A.’s Answer

Hi Abby,

I hope you have found some answers since you posted your question here. Development child psychologist is quite an niche field in my research but I found some links that might help.


https://www.careeronestop.org/toolkit/careers/occupations/Occupation-profile.aspx?keyword=Counseling%20Psychologists&onetcode=19303103&location=UNITED%20STATES


https://careersinpsychology.org/becoming-a-child-psychologist/


https://www.apa.org/action/science/developmental/education-training.aspx


Thanks


Asim

Asim A. recommends the following next steps:

In the last link I gave there are some profiles of people who are involved in the field you asked for. I would recommend contacting them to get some straight answers.
Also recommend tap into the network of Linkedin. If you can't sign up (i am not sure what the age requirement is) then may be you can ask your parents to create an account so that they can ask questions on your behalf.
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Cathy’s Answer

What a great career choice. To be successful, you'll need a passion for helping others especially children and their parents or care givers. You will also need to plan on getting an advanced degree such as a Masters in Social Work or Masters in Child Development. Select a college that has a strong program in social psychology and child development. Go on line and look through course offerings for the colleges you are thinking about. You may even be able to find a child psychologist or development practitioner through social media and ask them what they do and love about their profession. Good luck and bet wishes.
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Sylvia’s Answer

It's great that you have been able to identify the specific type of psychology you want to study! In order to pursue this, I would highly recommend majoring in Psychology and would recommend you look into Neuroscience as a minor or double-major. Different undergraduate schools have different structures for their programs, so do some research into the schools' specific programs to identify what structure speaks to you the most and potentially narrow down your list of schools to apply to. For instance, at UC Berkeley, they require you to take at least one class in each of the four identified areas in psychology as part of their major requirements to ensure that you have a broader understanding and knowledge of psychology as a field. During your undergrad years, try to join a psychology research lab, which will be extremely helpful experience to have when applying for internships and graduate school. I would also recommend looking into getting involved in the psych Honors program at your undergraduate institution, which will be very helpful for when you apply to grad school. You will need to attend graduate school to become a psychologist, with various degree types and lengths of program to choose from depending on what you would like to focus on for your career path specifically.
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