The Developmental Psychology course was developed to assist teachers, health care workers and support personnel who provide counselling and support for children as they grow and develop into adulthood.

As the child develops there are certain challenges they may face and this course is there to help you guide how to overcome these challenges with them.

If you are interested in further understanding the psychological development of children this course complements the Child Psychology course.


Course Outline
Course Code: 
100 hours - Access for 12 months
Online & Correspondence
Statement of achievement
Lesson Structure: 
  1. Introduction
  2. Early childhood
  3. Middle childhood
  4. Challenges of middle childhood
  5. Adolescence
  6. Challenges of adolescence
  7. Adulthood
  8. Challenges of adulthood
  9. Late adulthood
  10. Challenges of late adulthood
Aims - the learning objectives of the course: 
  • Learn key theories and concepts in the study of developmental psychology
  • Understand the major ethical concerns when studying development and the steps the researcher needs to take to overcome these
  • Identify cognitive and social aspects of a small child's development
  • Determine the phases of language acquisition in infants
  • Identify common psychological challenges faced by children from ages 6 to puberty
  • Understand the difference between short term and long term memory in middle childhood
  • Identify how adolescents can overcome certain challenges they may face
  • Understand what individuation is and how it can challenge and complement group identity