Child Psychology Certificate
If you’re currently working with children in education or the social or health services industries, or you'd like to refine your knowledge of childhood development for personal use, our online Child Psychology Certificate Program can help enhance your skills. Through flexible online courses, you'll cover the principles of psychology and gain a more specific understanding of the psychological makeup of children and adolescents.
Cost of Program
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What You Will Learn
- How to develop effective personal communication skills in the use and selection of words, gestures, tone of voice, facial expressions, listening skills, and physical appearance.
- How to identify patterns of growth, change, and responsibility that occur in a person’s life from conception through adolescence, including those of genetics, developmental psychology, the physical environment, and social and cultural influences.
- How to recognize psychological disorders and available treatments.
- How to recognize the anxiety and mood disorders that affect children in adolescence, in particular obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), social phobias, panic disorders, depression, and stress disorders.
Child Psychology Career Outcomes
The online Child Psychology Certificate is designed to offer students a better understanding of children in their care or supplement current, relevant work experience and education in childcare. The completion of this certificate program alone does not qualify a student for a job in psychology and students who complete this program are not qualified to function as child psychologists and cannot market themselves as mental health professionals. However, this certificate can prepare graduates for other roles working with children or be supplemental with further training.
State Licensing Requirements
Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in certain fields 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. See the State Licensing page for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.
Child Psychology Student Success Stories
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Child Psychology Course Curriculum
- 4 courses
- 18 exams
- 40.8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
Estimated completion time:
- Fast track = 4 months
- Average time = 8 months
With Penn Foster, you can learn at whatever pace works best for you. Some learners will be more comfortable moving faster, and dedicating more time, and the fast track estimate will apply to them. The average track will apply to most learners who can dedicate a few hours per week to completing their coursework.
In our online child psychology course curriculum, you'll learn the foundational concepts of psychology including the impact behavior and environment can have on growth and development. Your child psychology courses include:
- Child Development
- Essentials of Psychology
- Child Psychology
- Abnormal Child Psychology
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Prepare for a job as a child care professional while gaining the 120 hours of education required for your CDA.
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Child Psychology Program FAQ
What can you do with an accredited certificate in child psychology?
Earning a certificate in child psychology alone doesn't qualify you to become a child counselor or therapist. However, it can help you better enhance your professional skills if you already work with children or even provide you with an understanding of psychology that can be beneficial in your personal life.
What qualifications do you need to be a child psychologist?
To become a child psychologist, you must first earn a bachelor's degree. Generally, those pursuing this career will major in psychology or a related field. After graduating, you'll then need to pursue a graduate-level degree. A master's or doctoral degree (PhD) in child psychology is typically required to work in the field. To work in your own practice, you will usually be required by licensing regulations to hold a doctorate. Many of these programs require students to complete a supervised internship before earning their degree. Finally, you need to become licensed in your state and become board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).
Is there a demand for child psychologists?
As more people recognize the importance of mental health and well-being, especially in early childhood and adolescence, the need for child psychologists can be expected to grow. Psychologists aren't just needed to help parents and children navigate psychological disorders; they can help children better understand the world around them and build appropriate, effective methods of dealing with stress and anxiety.
What is the difference between a child psychologist and a child psychiatrist?
While psychologists and psychiatrists have similar functions, there are some differences in what they do. Child psychologists focus on helping children build life skills that can help them navigate trauma, stress, and their emotions. Child psychiatrists do the same, but may also incorporate medication into the plan. This means psychiatrists must earn a medical degree and have advanced knowledge of pharmacology. Psychologists, on the other hand, do need to earn a graduate-level degree or doctorate but do not have to earn a medical degree.