Psychological Development

Add an element of expertise to your Psychology degree that will diversify you from other Psychology graduates.

Unravel the mystery of the mind and how the human brain develops from day one. Choose to focus your studies on children and youth or set your sights on adults and aging. Psychology majors can get real- world experience through practical and research opportunities in Trent’s Living Lab or in the community.

Add an element of expertise to your Psychology degree that will diversify you from other Psychology graduates.


The Specialization in Psychological Development is open to students in the single- and joint major Honours degree programs and is intended for students interested in pursuing a career in developmental psychology and associated fields (e.g., graduate work with a specialization in developmental psychology, health care, social work, recreation or developmental services, child protection). This specialization provides students with course options designed for an in-depth examination of theoretical, empirical, methodological, and practical approaches to development related topics. Students who have fulfilled the requirements for an Honours degree in Psychology may graduate with a Specialization in Psychological Development if they have successfully completed the following 4.5 credits:

  • 0.5 PSYC credit consisting of PSYC 2550H
  • PSYC credit from PSYC 3500H (or 2500H), 3510H, or 3550H**
  • PSYC credits from PSYC 3530H, 3550H**, 3560H, 4530H, 4531H, 4560H, 4570H, 4580H, 4590H, reading courses (PSYC 3900Y, 3901H, 3902H, 4900Y, 4901H, 4902H), practicum courses (PSYC 3801H, 3802H, 4801H, 4802H, or thesis (PSYC 4010Y/4020D) primarily focused on development.

**may only count toward one list

Degrees Offered:

  • B.A. (Honours)
  • B.Sc. (Honours)


  • Durham GTA
  • Peterborough


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  • Take a practica to be a part of research both on campus and off campus.
  • Aging and conditions of aging research placements available at the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Science.
  • Living Lab experience – part of research but you’re interacting with real life people in applied real world setting. Still research that is being conducted, that has applications for treatment and implications.
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Career Paths:

Career Opportunities

  • Therapist
  • Counsellor
  • Crisis Intervention Officer
  • Police Officer
  • Behaviour Analyst
  • Rehabilitation Advisor
  • Social Worker
  • Human Resources
  • Research Analyst

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Requirements:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • A minimum of six Grade 12 4U or 4M courses, including program specific prerequisites
  • A minimum 70% overall final average (unless otherwise specified)
  • ENG 4U with a minimum of 60%
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