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The Chicago School’s M.A. in Psychology, Child and Adolescent online psychology program teaches the complex issues around child development and behavior. Behavioral Sciences

M.A. in Psychology

Child and Adolescent Concentration

  • Online
  • Full-Time, Part-Time
  • 1 Year Full-time / 2 Years Part-Time

Graduates of The Chicago School’s M.A. in Psychology, Child and Adolescent Concentration online psychology program will learn how to address the complex issues that influence child development and behavior, helping prepare them for careers in a variety of settings. Students enrolled in The Chicago School’s online programs will enjoy a transformative educational experience with the […]

Graduates of The Chicago School’s M.A. in Psychology, Child and Adolescent Concentration online psychology program will learn how to address the complex issues that influence child development and behavior, helping prepare them for careers in a variety of settings.

Students enrolled in The Chicago School’s online programs will enjoy a transformative educational experience with the flexibility of a program that does not have to interfere with their other commitments.

Master of Arts in Psychology students with a Child and Adolescent Concentration will take 21 credit hours in foundational psychology, 9 credit hours within their Child and Adolescent Concentration, and 6 credit hours in an applied research project focused on children or adolescents.

Guided by practitioner faculty, students in this online psychology program will cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • Trauma and crisis intervention
  • Addictive disorders
  • Evaluation and treatment of juvenile offenders
  • Evidence-based programs for youth

Guided by an understanding of a variety of mental health issues being faced by today’s children and youth, M.A. in Psychology, Child and Adolescent Concentration graduates will be prepared to advance their careers in several areas including:

  • Counseling
  • Education
  • Government agencies
  • Social work
  • Nonprofit
  • Mental care
  • Treatment centers

M.A. in Psychology, Child and Adolescent: Online Student Experience

Through the convenience of The Chicago School’s online psychology program, your life remains intact. Our online Global Student Dashboard is where you will find all of the components to successfully complete your program. There, M.A. in Psychology students will find coursework and assignments, interact with fellow students, and ask questions of their instructor.

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Trauma and Crisis Intervention

Examines the comprehensive impact of trauma on individuals, support networks, and communities. Particular consideration is paid to the multiple forms of trauma and crisis commonly presented for the child and adolescent population, and a survey of the most current research, evidence-based practices, and national organizations.

Family Systems and Family Therapy

This course introduces students to the major models of family systems. Basic assumptions, major issues, primary theorist, and techniques of each model will be considered including working with diverse families. This course recognizes the primary role of the family unit for its impact on the development of child and adolescent.

Evidence Based Programs for Children and Adolescents

This course examines the most current evidenced-based programs available for the effective intervention with children and adolescents. The most common developmental, emotional, and behavioral issues presented by this population will be examined for their impact on family, educational, and treatment systems. How the latest evidenced-based programs can be utilized to effectively provide intervention and supportive services will be a major focus of this course.

The M.A. Psychology program does not include internships or a traditional thesis option; rather, students will complete an Applied Research Project over the course of their studies that reflects their grasp of the program’s learning outcomes and their ability to integrate this learning and apply it to a workplace situation or other life contexts.

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Chicago, IL 60654-1822

Application to the M.A. in Psychology program is open to any person who has earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and who meets other entrance requirements. Students applying to the M.A. in Psychology program must submit the following:

  • Application
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae: Students should ensure their resume properly highlights two or more years of post-Baccalaureate work experience.
  • Essay – Please answer the following question within three double-spaced, typed pages (approximately 500-750 words). Essay must specifically address the program/specialization for which you are applying.
    • Psychology is a vast discipline with many career options. In an essay format, please describe:
      • Why you chose this particular program/specialization. Cite specific experiences and examples.
      • Why it is important to you to study this discipline at a school that emphasizes cultural awareness, competence, and understanding of diversity (see our Commitment to Diversity Statement).
      • Your professional career goals as they relate to this specialization.
      • Why you believe this program will assist you in reaching these goals.
  • Official College/University Transcripts
    • Students must submit official transcripts from all schools where degrees have been earned. The Chicago School requires that all schools be regionally accredited higher education institutions. Official transcripts may be sent directly from the institution or with your application for admission as long as they are official, sealed, and signed across the envelope flap when they arrive.

International Application Requirements

The Chicago School is dedicated to keep our professional degree programs accessible to anyone regardless of financial status. In addition to the scholarships that may be available, our Financial Aid Department will help provide you with information to determine what financial arrangements are right for you.

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