Developmental Psychology


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Developmental psychology allows you to study developmental issues, including physical, cognitive, and socioemotional changes throughout the lifespan. You will work directly with many different people, including children, the elderly, and families, focusing on causes and reasons behind behavior.


Counseling Psychology (B.A.)


A Great Fit For

  • Acute problem-solvers who are adaptive and analytical.
  • Active listeners who have an inquisitive nature.
  • Those who possess a high aptitude for math and science.
  • Individuals interested in research-based practices and monitoring progress.
  • Anyone wanting to understand children and families, and to help them thrive.



Morningside is nearly unmatched in its ability to provide you with an internship placement. Internships provide you with a chance to combine your knowledge and skills with projects that will help you grow and prepare for your career or graduate school.


You will have the opportunity to travel regionally, nationally, and even internationally for professional conferences, industry field trips, or May Term courses. Travel grants and special scholarship eligibility may be available.

Research & Active Learning

Research is at the core of Morningside’s psychology curriculum. From the very start of your student experience, you will have the opportunity to engage in research that allows you to understand the fundamentals as well as explore topics that interest you.



This course is an introductory overview of the field of psychology which includes discussion of research methodology, brain and behavior, sensation perception, states of consciousness, learning and memory, personality, abnormal behavior, and social psychology.


This course provides an overview of the various physical, cognitive, social, and psychological forces which shape human development from conception through death.


This research course stresses student involvement in all phases of simple human experimentation. Experiments are designed, conducted, analyzed, and reported.


This course examines how psychology has been influenced by historical events, philosophical movements, and social/cultural trends. Students will gain an understanding not only of the history of psychology, but also the subtle differences between the schools of psychology.


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Shannon Claxton

Shannon Claxton

Associate Professor

I love working at Morningside because the small class sizes create a dynamic and engaging learning environment where I can connect with each student on a personal level. I also love having the opportunity to collaborate with psychology honors students on their own research projects.

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Jessica Pleuss

Jessica Pleuss

Associate Professor

Watching students develop from their first day on campus through to their senior year is a real privilege, and knowing I have a small part to play in that transformation is incredibly rewarding.

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Jessica LaPaglia

Jessica LaPaglia

Associate Professor

I love the people at Morningside. Interacting with students and colleagues is always a highlight of my day.

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Still looking for the right fit? Here are some additional program options that we think might interest you or are often paired with this program. You can also view the programs page to keep exploring your options.


Counseling Psychology

Elementary Education

General Psychology

X Path (Undecided)



student/faculty ratio so you’re assured a quality education focused on you


employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation


majors & pre-professional programs available


Many students who graduate from Morningside with an undergraduate degree in developmental psychology choose to pursue graduate school. A few programs into which graduates have recently been accepted include developmental psychology at the University of Nebraska, community counseling at Wichita State University, social work at the University of Denver, and school psychology at the University of Northern Colorado. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates 8% growth rate expected for school & career counselors (2018-2028), 22% growth rate expected for marriage & family therapists (2018-2028), and 14% for psychologists in general (2018-2028). 

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