Declare as a psychology major.
Undergraduate psychology courses are likely to include:
- Intro to Psychology
- Behavioral Psychology
- Cognitive Psychology
- Biological Psychology
- Social Psychology
- Statistical Methods
Consider a specialty.
- Focus your interest. Explore a niche related to child psychology.
- Seek out professors or professionals working in your specialty and talk with them. Getting a head start on your thesis topic is always recommended.
Take the GRE.
- Look up minimum admittance score requirements for your school.
- Practice taking the test multiple times.
- Consider a paid GRE prep course if your scores are low.
- Schedule your test date, leaving enough time to re-test if you need to try again for a higher score.
Get reference letters.
- Maintain a friendly relationship with your professors. Make an effort to stand out. They will remember you when it’s time to start requesting references.
- If you’ve fallen out of touch with your instructors or academic acquaintances, don’t feel intimidated about contacting them. Most likely, they will ask about your goals and interests to learn about your background and aspirations.
Choose a graduate school.
- Use our psychology database to find the best child psychology graduate programs. The school you select is directly related to your employment prospects post-graduation. Choose a school with both a recognized child psychology program and a strong alumni network.
Adolescent psychologists work with patients between the ages of 12 and 18. They examine issues relevant to teenagers.
Examples of Issues Examined
Psychologists develop a system of therapeutic techniques and behavior modifications for pre-teen and teenage patients through regular psychotherapy sessions and frequent communication with parents and family, teachers and medical providers.
Common Job Titles