Catalog Year

Years 2019-2020

Degree

Certificate

Credits

18

Locations

Mankato

Online

General Psychology (GC)

The certificate is designed for teachers of psychology at the high school level who need graduate-level coursework in psychology to further their knowledge of the discipline and/or meet post-secondary faculty qualifications for accreditation. The certificate provides a broad exposure to the major areas of psychology, as well as opportunities to apply psychological science to real-world issues.

Gainful Employment Program Information

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Program Requirements

Unrestricted Electives

Choose 14 - 17 credits of graduate courses in Psychology. Please contact the Department of Psychology to discuss other potential options for electives—all 500- or 600-level courses offered in the department of Psychology, as well as those offered as workshops or special topics courses, can also be applied to the required electives for this certificate, with departmental approval.

Major concepts of human motivation and emotion, presentation of learned cognitive and biological influences on sustained behavior.

Prerequisites: none

Examination of the historical origins of the principal contemporary psychological theories.

Prerequisites: none

This course provides a broad overview and analysis of the major theories of human and animal learning.

Prerequisites: none

This course covers experimental and behavioral studies of human memory including long and short-term memory, memory for text, pictures, spatial information, and autobiographical events. Emphasis on real-world situations, including education, in which memory and learning play a role.

Prerequisites: none

An examination and evaluation of selected topics dealing with human information processing such as attention, memory, pattern recognition, consciousness, language, dyslexia, decision making, and problem-solving.

Prerequisites: none

An overview of development, use, and validation of psychological tests. Topics include reliability and validity, test construction, item analysis, ethics, test administration and scoring, and computerized testing.

Prerequisites: none

Biological foundations of the actions of psychoactive drugs. Neuroanatomy structure and function, neurophysiology, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics will be covered in detail. Relevant classes of drugs will be highlighted with an eye toward their history, mechanisms of action, effects, and treatments.

Prerequisites: none

Biological basis of psychological processes and behavior. Neuroanatomy, neural function, and laboratory methods of investigation will be explored in relation to topics such as sleep, memory, language, intelligence and psychological disorders.

Prerequisites: none

Physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and personality development from conception to preadolescence. Focus on interplay between maturation and experience.

Prerequisites: none

This course is designed to provide a survey of psychopathology in children. It introduces selected topics and issues relating to the emotional, social, cognitive, and behavioral health of children. The course will address problems in infants to adolescents in the home, school, and community. Topics will include models of ¿normal¿ and abnormal development, environmental and dispositional factors relating to behavior, psychopathology, etiology, assessment, and diagnosis of major childhood emotional and behavioral disorders. Discussion of treatment of behavior disorders will be included.

Prerequisites: none

This class covers the development of the individual from the age of 11 to 19 years of age. Discussion will include aspects of both normal and abnormal development.

Prerequisites: none

Exploring factors affecting leadership and effective group processes through lectures and discussions of theories and findings and through experiential activities.

Prerequisites: none

An in-depth examination of social psychological research in laboratory and field settings.

Prerequisites: none

Advanced Cognitive Psychology introduces students to key research papers in the field of human cognition. Through reading, writing, and the study of experimental design, students will advance their understanding of cognitive psychology and develop their ability to critically review and evaluate research.

Prerequisites: none

This course is designed to increase the student's awareness and understanding of abnormal psychology. Students will become familiar with clinical descriptions, course of onset, and treatment regimens specific to various disorders.

Prerequisites: none

Psychological study of women in historical and functional perspective. Role of hereditary, physiological, and socialization variables on women's thinking, feelings and behavior.

Prerequisites: none

Analysis of product marketing and consumer purchasing strategies and their determinants.

Prerequisites: none

This course provides an overview of the procedures and processes of behavior change in applied contexts. Topics include functional assessment, behavioral intervention planning, and specific applied behavioral analytic interventions with an emphasis on non-aversive options.

Prerequisites: none

The interface of behavioral and medical science is explored. Research on environmental and learning factors in the etiology and treatment of physical disease and rehabilitation is examined. Specific topics include pain management, medical compliance, behavior disorders in nursing homes, and chronic illnesses. Prerequisite: Three courses in PSYC V

Prerequisites: none

On-site field experience teaching within the discipline of Psychology at the secondary or post-secondary level. Teaching placement is in place and arranged by the student before enrolling in this course.

Prerequisites: none

Specific topics depend on the instructor; all will focus on applications of psychology in current contexts and/or issues. May be retaken for credit.

Prerequisites: none

Topics to be announced. May be retaken for credit. V

Prerequisites: none

The purpose of this course is to provide a broad overview to the discipline of psychology, covering a range of content areas, including neuroscience, development, cognition, social behavior, and abnormal psychology. The course will emphasize understanding relevant theories in psychology via application and analysis of ideas, and engagement with current research in the field.

Prerequisites: none

Capstone Course

Choose credits to reach 18 total credits for this certificate.

This course involves the preparation of a professional portfolio showing the connection of current work related to psychology to content, theories, and / or ideas within the discipline.

Prerequisites: none