The human development specialization offers advanced focus on human development for teachers, child care personnel, school administrators, and others. It explores developmental processes and factors of learning and motivation and, it considers the influence of families, peer groups, and school settings on learning development across the life span.

Graduates with this specialization gain a deeper understanding of people and their physical, social, cognitive, and emotional development. It is an aid to success in many disciplines, such as education, health care, criminal justice, social work, and psychology.

Courses taken for this specialization cannot include those taken for the educational psychology core.

Human Development Specialization (12 credit hours)

Core Human Development Specialization (choose 9 credit hours)

  • EDPS 603 - Psychology of Human Development (3 credit hours)
  • EDPS 627 - Child Development (3 credit hours)
  • EDPS 628 - Adolescent Development (3 credit hours)
  • EDPS 629 - Adult Development and Aging (3 credit hours)

Special Interest in the Field (choose 3 credits)

  • EDPS 652 - Introduction to Neuropsychology (3 credit hours)
  • EDEL 630 - Parent and Community Relations (3 credit hours)
  • EDEL 644 - Education in a Diverse Society (3 credit hours)
  • SPCE 600 - Education of Exceptional Children (3 credit hours)
  • Other elective course approved by the program director (3 credit hours)

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