B.A. in Psychology/M.S. in Childhood and Special Education - College of Mount Saint Vincent

Department of Psychology

Department of Psychology

B.A. in Psychology/M.S. in Childhood and Special Education

Degree Requirements

In conjunction with the Department of Teacher Education, the Department of Psychology offers a joint B.A. in Psychology/M.S. in Childhood and Special Education. Students interested in this program should apply to the Department of Teacher Education in their freshman year.

Students will complement their Psychology degree with six carefully-selected Teacher Education courses, which will articulate with the College’s Dual Certification Masters Program, enabling them to pursue the first full term of graduate coursework while on the undergraduate level.

College Core Requirements 46 credits*
Psychology Major 30 credits
Major Foundation Courses 12 credits
PSYC 103 Introduction to Psychology I (3 credits)
PSYC 104 Introduction to Psychology II (3 credits)
PSYC 205 Psychological Statistics (3 credits)
PSYC 315 Research Methods I (3 credits)
PSYC 450 Capstone Seminar (3 credits)
Five courses from the Major Content Areas of Psychology and Psychology Electives which meet the following criteria:
a) Three courses are selected from three different major content areas
b) No more than one course is at the 200 level
c) At least one course must be at the 400 level
d) One of the following: PSYC 302 (Psychological Testing), PSYC 324 (Learning & Memory), PSYC 424 (Cognition) or PSYC 432 (Motivation & Emotion)
e) One of the following: PSYC 345 (Psychology of Childhood) or PSYC 346 (Psychology of Adolescence)
15 credits
Education Courses 18 credits
EDUC 211 Education and Society (3 credits)
EDUC 340 Introduction to Students with Disabilities (3 credits)
EDUC 502 Foundation of Urban and Multicultural Education (3 credits)
EDUC 506 Language, Cognitive Development, and Cultural Diversity (3 credits)
EDUC 513 Psychology of Teaching and Learning* (3 credit)
EDUC 712 Strategies for Inclusion of Special Learners (3 credits)
Open Electives 26 credits
TOTAL 120 credits

*Three core credits in Social Sciences may be satisfied with major requirements.

Sample Program

B.S. in Psychology and Childhood Education (120 credits)

Year 1

FYE 101 The First-Year Experience 1 credit
ENGL 110 Writing in Context I (fall) 3 credits
ENGL 120 Writing in Context II (spring) 3 credits
Freshman Seminar 3 credits
Modern Language and Literature Core 6 credits
Core Courses 9 credits
PSYC 103 Introduction to Psychology I 3 credits
PSYC 104 Introduction to Psychology II 3 credits
TOTAL 31 credits

Year 2

Core Courses 9 credits
PSYC 205 Psychological Statistics 3 credits
PSYC 3XX Psychology Course – Content Area 1 3 credits
PSYC 345 Psychology of Childhood – Content Area 2 3 credits
EDUC 211 Education and Society (fall) 3 credits
EDUC 340 Intro to Students with Disabilities (spring) 3 credits
Open Electives 6 credits
TOTAL 30 credits

Year 3

Core Course 3 credits
PSYC XXX Psychology Course – elective at any level 3 credits
PSYC 302 or PSYC 324 or PSYC 424 or PSYC 432 – Content Area 3 3 credits
PSYC 315 Research Methods in Psychology (WE) 3 credits
EDUC 502 Foundation of Urban and Multicultural Education 3 credits
EDUC 506 Language, Cognitive Development, and Cultural Diversity 3 credits
Open Electives 12 credits
TOTAL 30 credits

Year 4

Core Courses 9 credits
PSYC 4XX Psychology Course 2 (400-level course if PSYC 324 option taken) 3 credits
PSYC 450 Capstone Seminar 3 credits
EDUC 513 Psychology of Teaching and Learning* 3 credits
EDUC 712 Strategies for Inclusion of Special Learners 3 credits
Open Electives 8 credits
TOTAL 29 credits

Total Credits for B.A. Degree – 120

Please view the requirements for the M.S. degree below: