The program will train students with the objective of developing comprehensive skills in the following key areas:

  1. Establish a knowledge base of human development across the lifespan ranging from a cognitive, social-emotional, and physiological perspective including the influences of the environmental, historical, and cultural contexts.

  2. Develop skills of scientific inquiry and critical thinking.

  3. Foster an awareness of the diversity of cultures, contexts, and abilities within which humans develop and how these differences impact development across the lifespan.

  4. Achieve mastery in the art of communication related to scientific inquiry and theoretical analysis with a critical awareness of the variety of audiences with whom they may be interacting.

  5. Prepare to enter the workforce. A substantial focus will be preparation for employment in a variety of public and private sectors generated through internships and externships.