Psychology / Undergraduate Study

Applied Developmental Psychology Minor

The Applied Developmental Psychology (ADP) minor is designed to (1) provide a coherent, challenging academic program focused on investigating, understanding, and supporting the development of young children and their families, (2) teach undergraduate students how to apply theories, research methods, and research findings to practical concerns, and (3) prepare students to join or receive further training in various child-related professions.

The minor is open to all enrolled UCLA students (including Cognitive Science, Psychobiology, and Psychology majors) who have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better and have applied and been accepted into the program. Qualified students are admitted into one of two annual cohorts (one beginning in fall, the other in spring) to complete three consecutive terms of specialized coursework alongside a hands-on teaching internship (86 hours per term) at one of several UCLA child care centers. For further information about applying to the minor, contact the ADP academic coordinator by e-mail or see the department website. For questions about additional course requirements for the minor, contact a counselor in the Undergraduate Advising Office, 310-825-2730.

Required Lower-Division Course (4 units): Psychology 10.

Required Upper-Division Courses (24 units): Psychology 134A (must be taken concurrently with course 134D), 134B (must be taken concurrently with course 134E), and four additional courses from Education 120, 121, 132, Psychology 127C, 129F, 130, 131, 132A, 132B, 133B through 133I, 134F, 134G, 134I, 161, 199A or 199B (content must be approved by the Undergraduate Advising Office), Sociology M174. One of the four additional courses must include either Psychology 130 or one course from 133B through 133I.

Internship Requirement/Fieldwork Component (8 units): Psychology 134C, 134D (must be taken concurrently with course 134A), 134E (must be taken concurrently with course 134B). Students work as interns for three consecutive academic terms at one of several UCLA child care centers serving infants, toddlers, and/or preschool-age children. The internship provides hands-on experience working with young children and opportunities to closely observe children and teachers.

No more than two courses may be applied toward both this minor and a student’s major.

A minimum of 20 units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied toward major requirements or another minor.

Each minor course, except for the fieldwork component of the internship courses, must be taken for a letter grade, and students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better in the minor. Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.