West Virginia University
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
Life-Span Developmental Psychology
Ph.D.- Developmental Psychology, M.S.-Developmental Psychology
Along with an area of specialization selected by the student in a topical area and age period (infancy, childhood, adolescence, early, middle, or later adulthood), students gain a strong background in life-span developmental psychology. The curriculum familiarizes students with developmental processes occurring in each age period and conceptual and methodological issues in developmental psychology. Students are trained to be disciplined researchers and competent classroom instructors. Students receive structured teaching and research training, and disseminate their research via conference presentations and publications. For students whose career plans emphasize college teaching, a teaching specialization is available.
WVU’s Psychology Department received the “Innovation in Graduate Education Award” from the American Psychological Association in 2005. The award recognizes the junior-colleague model used to train graduate students in research, teaching, and program/service evaluation. As junior colleagues, students and faculty collaborate in research, rather than students serving as research assistants assigned to individual faculty. Students develop individualized plans of study. Contact among faculty and students outside the classroom is frequent and casual. Graduates of the life-span developmental program are highly successful in obtaining employment in academia.
The Department values a wide range of ages and cultural backgrounds among our graduate students. All students can anticipate 4 years of financial support via assistantships (3 years if entering with a Master’s degree), plus a tuition waiver.
Facts & Figures
In State Tuition (per year): Students in good standing receive a tuition waiver
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Locale: Small City