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Early Childhood and Youth Studies? (15-credit certificate program)

Enhance your skills or prepare for a new career in early childhood education and youth through this program that is firmly grounded in both behavioral and biological health. Human development employment is a rapidly expanding field and expected to grow further the next ten to twenty years. Learn more about careers in this field.

  • Accelerated courses meet once a week for seven weeks and include online learning components; other courses meet either 2 or 3 times each week for 15 weeks; summer offerings are available.
  • Combine this credit certificate with an existing Penn State baccalaureate major where the credits can double-count in both categories.
  • Transfer these certificate courses to other 2- and 4-year institutions
  • Courses can be taken individually or in combination with other Penn State courses
  • Complete the certificate program at a pace to meet your needs.
  • Credits may be applied to a bachelor’s degree (map out a plan with one of our advisers).

Contact the Penn State Lehigh Valley Office of Admissions (610-285-5035) or the Psychology Program Coordinator, Dr. Peter Behrens (610-285-5103; pjb4@psu.edu)


Certificate in Early Childhood and Youth Studies

This 15-credit certificate program is intended to supplement and enhance Penn State majors where students are interested in early childhood education, early intervention programs, youth services, and developmental and health psychology.

Foundation Courses - 9 credits

Take 6 credits listed
PSYCH 100 Psychology (3)
PSYCH 212 Developmental Psychology (3)

Take 3 credits from the list
BI SC 004 Human Body: Form and Function (3)
BIOL 141 Introductory Physiology (3)
NUTR 251 Introductory Principles of Nutrition (3)

Professional Electives - 6 credits

Take 6 credits from the list
BB H 101 Introduction to Biobehavioral Health (3)
EDPSY 014 Learning and Instruction (3)
HD FS 229 Infant and Child Development (3)
HD FS 239 Adolescent Development (3)



Psychology at Lehigh Valley

Advisory Council

Potential Internship Sites

Psychology Handbook

For admissions information, contact the Lehigh Valley Admissions Office at 610-285-5051.