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Online Child Psychology Certificate

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Learn more about our online Child Psychology Certificate Program

Penn Foster Career School’s Online Child Psychology Certificate Program will provide you with a basic overview of the principles of psychology and a more specific understanding of the psychological makeup of children and adolescents. If you are interested in an early childhood education degree, course assignments may be transferred to Penn Foster College Early Childhood Education Associate Degree Program, which is licensed in the state of Arizona. And you can complete this program in as little as eight months!

Completion of this Certificate Program will help you understand how to work with young people and their parents. If you’re currently working with children in education or the social or health services industries, this program can help enhance your professional skills.

Curriculum Details

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

The Child Psychology Career Certificate program provides students with a basic understanding of the principles of psychology and a more specific understanding of the psychological makeup of children and adolescents.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Develop more effective personal communication skills in the use and selection of words, gestures, tone of voice, facial expressions, listening skills, and physical appearance
  • Recognize the psychological aspects of oneself and others
  • Identify patterns of growth, change, and stability that occur in a person’s life from conception through adolescence, including those of genetics, psychology, the physical environment, and social and cultural influences
  • Describe the widespread and often deeply troubling world of childhood and adolescent disorders

Course 1

Starting Your Program

Succeed by learning how to use your Penn Foster program.


  • Understand how to use your Student Portal.
  • Access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers.
  • Connect with Penn Foster on various social media sites.
Child Development

Understanding the principal concepts of child development is essential to providing effective and appropriate care and guidance for young children.


  • Describe theories about child growth and development.
  • Identify stages of growth and development for children up to the age of 12.
  • Understand how children grow intellectually, physically, and emotionally.

Course 2

Essentials of Psychology

Learn about the relationship between biology and behavior.


  • Describe major theories in psychology.
  • Compare consciousness, memory, thought, and language.
  • Define intelligence, personality, and stress.
  • Analyze the role of gender in psychology.
  • Understand how community influences behavior.
Additional Course Material

Textbook: Psychology and Your Life

Course 3

Child Psychology

This course examines patterns of growth, change, and stability that occur in a person’s life from conception through adolescence.


  • Understand the basics of child psychology.
  • Recognize the interplay of both genetics and the environment on child growth and development.
Additional Course Material

Textbook: Child Development

Course 4

Abnormal Child Psychology

This lesson will help you better understand the widespread and often deeply troubling world of childhood and adolescent disorders.


  • Discuss the historical roots of clinical child psychology and the barriers that prevented recognition that child psychology was a unique field of study
  • Describe the anxiety and mood disorders that affect children in adolescence, in particular obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), social phobias, panic disorders, depression, and stress disorders
  • Explain externalized problems that affect children in adolescence, including behavioral problems, disruptive disorders, ADHD, and specific learning disabilities
  • Explain the symptoms and treatment of AN, BN, and SA and the impact each has on adolescent development
  • Recognize the commonly diagnosed intellectual and developmental disabilities
Additional Course Material

Textbook: Abnormal Child & Adolescent Psychology

Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.

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Sample Lesson

To view a Child Psychology online sample lesson, click here.

Child Psychology Program Details

In the Penn Foster Career School Child Psychology Certificate training program, you will cover the following topics:

This program is designed for enrichment purposes only. It does not have a direct vocational outcome. Students who complete this program are not qualified to function as child psychologists and cannot market themselves as mental health professionals.

State Licensing Information

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in this field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered by your Penn Foster Program. You should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where you plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in your Program. Please click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

Online Child Psychology Certificate

The Child Psychology Certificate program provides a basic foundation of the principles of psychology and a more specific understanding of the psychological makeup of children and adolescents. This is a great option if you want to improve your skills in a child management setting, or want to learn more as a parent or caregiver. Here are a few qualities that are effective when dealing with children:

  • Communicative: You listen and talk through situations.
  • Cooperative: You are pleasant and a good communicator.
  • Sociable: Spending time with others is fun and rewarding.
  • Creative: You often need to think outside the box to engage young children.
  • Compassionate: You care about the health and well-being of others.

My Child Psychology Certificate provided me with a working knowledge of the welfare and well-being involved in raising children.

- Robben W., Child Psychology Certificate Graduate

Because of the certificate that I received from Penn Foster, I founded a reading program called The Ready For Reading Club and am now working with children at homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, and food banks. The education I received gave me a better understanding of the psychological make-up of the children I work with. Enrolling in Penn Foster will be one of the best decisions you will make in your life. While the cost of education is sky rocketing at local universities, the cost you pay at Penn Foster is substantially less, but you will receive an education that will rival some of the best schools in the country. Plus you have a professor who is always there to answer your questions. I have friends who were taking the same subject I was at one of our local schools and they were coming to me for help with their lessons. Taking this program helps me to write my own ticket in the child care job field.

- Lynette R., Child Psychology Graduate

Your program includes:

  • Customized payment plans with 0% interest
  • Books and learning aids
  • Goal-setting and progress-tracking tools
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Access 24/7 to Penn Foster’s online community, plus immediate membership in the Child Psychology Certificate academic group
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

What will I get when I finish a certificate program?

When you complete one of the certificate programs from Penn Foster Career School, you will receive a regionally and nationally accredited certificate of completion. Penn Foster Career School is regionally accredited for non-degree granting postsecondary programs by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 215-662-5603, In addition, Penn Foster Career School is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Penn Foster has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

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The completion of a certificate-level program does not typically qualify a student for employment. Completion of this program may assist students who have previous academic or work-related experience improve their chances for promotion or entry-level employment.

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