Adolescent Psychology
3 Credit Hours

This course examines the influences of hereditary and environmental relating to physical, cognitive, and emotional developmental for adolescents ages 10-19. Emphasis is given to learning theories and developmentally appropriate practices relevant to teenagers, such as pubertal development and its social consequences, changing relationships with families, self and identity development, the important role of peers, school adjustment, and high-risk behaviors. An understanding of adolescence, sometimes referred to as a time of "storm and stress," can help develop critical thinking skills and assist parents, teachers, and adolescence themselves, navigate this important developmental period. Adolescent Psychology may be required for some early childhood education certificates or programs. It is a popular elective for many transfer students interested in a degree in psychology or teaching. Potential careers include early childhood specialist, paraeducator, teacher, guidance counselor, and art therapist.