MA | Master of Arts in Psychology

Psychology master's courses in the Master of Arts in Psychology program

The following master's level courses comprise CalSouthern’s Master of Arts (MA) in Psychology degree program. In order to fulfill educational requirements for licensure at the master’s level in California – MFT and/or LPCC – all required courses must be completed. Elective options are not available for this program. For licensure requirements in other states, please contact your applicable state board.

Required Core Courses

PSY 86505.1 Lifespan Development

Credits : 3
The purpose of this course is to analyze the nature of human growth and development across the life span. The major theories of development, essential concepts, issues related to each developmental stage, and implications for wellness and resiliency are addressed. Normal and abnormal development are explored in the context of socio-economic factors, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, and a variety of challenges and traumas. 

Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate course concepts critically and competently through interaction with Learners and Faculty Mentor
  • Integrate course concepts through the use of the Taylor Study Method
  • Discriminate and compare major developmental theories and life stages
  • Analyze the complexities of the interactions between heredity and environment in development
  • Differentiate developmental events and the impact on the individual and significant others
  • Consider the effects of controversial issues related to life span development
  • Compare and contrast current research findings on life span and human development
  • Analyze and evaluate information critically and effectively
  • Evaluate, incorporate and demonstrate ethical behavior in regard to emerging relevant technologies applicable to psychology
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