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B.S./B.A./minor in developmental psychology

Peer advising hours now available!

We're now offering drop-in peer advising with our two student employees and developmental psychology majors, Kevin Ly and Courtney Engholm. We hope you'll take advantage of this great new resource to gain perspectives from your peers! Meet with them to go over your APAS, look at your Grad Planner, talk about courses for fall, brainstorm how to get involved with research or internships, and more.

Please note: peer advising is more informal, so you should still connect with Academic Advisor Meghan Allen Eliason ( and/or your assigned CLA or CEHD advisor if you have critical topics to discuss.

Peer advisors will have drop-in hours starting the week of April 8 through the end of spring semester 2019. When you arrive, please check in at the ICD Welcome Desk:

  • Monday: 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. (Kevin)
  • Tuesday: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. (Courtney)
  • Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. (Kevin)

Program requirements

Bachelor of science (University Catalog)

Bachelor of arts (University Catalog)

Minor (University Catalog)


Syllabi for past courses (Google folder - UMN login required)


Completing an internship experience (formerly CPSY 4996 Field Study) helps you connect the theories you learn in your child psychology courses to the practice of the real world and provides you an opportunity to develop and sharpen critical career readiness skills in an applied setting.

During this course, a student completes an internship, paid position, or volunteer experience working with children in a community setting overeen by an on-site supervisor. The location of the internship should match your career interest, such as a school, clinic/hospital, non-profit agency, homeless shelter, child care facility, etc. You are responsible for securing your internship placement.

Choosing a site

Each student is responsible for securing an internship placement in consultation with their academic advisor. We encourage students to choose an internship location that matches their career interests. Explore recent internship sites (Google document).

Registering for CPSY 3896 Internship in Child Psychology

The class is facilitated online with typical assignments that include self-reflections, career development activities, informational interviews, and evaluations by your on-site supervisor. The internship class may be used to complete an Honors requirement; please speak with your University Honors Adviser for more information about UHP requirements. An internship experience may also count towards service-learning hours for the Community Engagement Scholars Program. For more information please visit the Center for Community-Engaged Learning.

How to register

  1. Contact an agency with whom you would like to intern, work, or volunteer. Depending on the site, there may either be a formal online application process or more individual and personal communication with staff to arrange your opportunity. This should be done well in advance of the semester you plan to complete an internship. In your position, you must be under the supervision of a professional from whom you can learn, so roles such as a PCA, nanny, or private tutor cannot count (assuming you are alone with the children). You will work with your supervisor to determine your hours and schedule. Note that your supervisor is not responsible for grading nor involved in the corresponding online course, instead merely supervising you and confirming completion of hours.
  2. To register for CPSY 3896, you must complete a form in GoldPASS. All internships taken for academic credit in the College of Liberal Arts are required to submit information about the experience through GoldPASS for approval by the internship site supervisor and CPSY 3896 course instructor. See this PDF for step-by-step instructions. Please list Meghan Allen Eliason ( as the internship course instructor. The form will require your supervisor’s contact information along with your hours / credits. One credit of CPSY 3896 requires 45 hours of experience over the term (equivalent to approximately 3 hours per week during a fall/spring semester).
  3. You have until the end of the second week of the semester to receive a class permission number. After that time you may not be able to register for the course—please contact your academic advisor for further instructions.

Once you’re enrolled in the course, don’t forget to check out CLA's Internship Guide, which offers tips, tools, and reflection activities to help you make the most of your experience.

Directed research

We offer many options for undergraduate students to engage in research. From volunteering, to receiving academic credits, to paid positions, to the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, there is a research experience that will fit your interests.

Working in a research lab is a great way to gain practical research experience and build career skills. You are responsible for securing a directed research placement.

Choosing a site

Each student is responsible for securing a directed research placement by reaching out to Institute of Child Development faculty labs. Most labs will have contact information or directions listed on their lab web pages with more information about how to apply. Consult your advisor for help with this process.

Registering for CPsy 4994 Directed Research

  1. Explore our research labs to find a lab that aligns with your research interests.
  2. Contact the laboratory to find out if undergraduate RA positions are currently available and complete their onboarding process (the process varies depending on the lab).
  3. Work with the lab coordinator or faculty member to establish a work schedule and complete a directed research contract. The contract clarifies expectations and mutual responsibilities. To register, a signed copy of the research contract must be submitted to Academic Advisor Meghan Allen Eliason, who will issue you a permission number.
  4. Determine the number of credits you will pursue with the lab coordinator or faculty member. Each credit should represent 45 hours per semester. A maximum of 4 credits is allowed per semester with a total of 8 credits overall.
  5. If you want your directed research credit to count toward the developmental psychology major, it must be taken for a letter grade.

You have until the end of the second week of the semester to receive a class permission number from the research lab. After that time, you will need to petition through your college office to add the course.


Choose to pursue an honors sequence as part of your developmental psychology major. Honors students complete both an honors seminar (CPSY 3360H) and an honors thesis course (CPSY 4994V), in addition to additional Honors requirements outside the major. During the thesis course, students carry out their honors research in arrangement with an ICD faculty member.

Learn more about the University Honors Program

View requirements for graduation with honors for developmental psychology majors

Read guidelines for preparing an honors thesis proposal

Access the Honors Thesis Contract

Learning abroad

Expand your horizons and gain a new perspective on how you can apply your major in a global context. Learn more about learning abroad opportunities as an ICD student.

CPSY 5981: Cross-Cultural Experiences in Education and English Teaching in Brazil

Did you know that ICD administers its own study abroad program? In the Cross-Cultural Experiences in Education and English Teaching in Brazil program, co-teach in an early childhood, elementary, or junior high classroom, spend three weeks learning Portuguese in the coastal city of Salvador, and then live in a smaller city where you'll teach English. Explore the program.

Child Psychology Student Organization

The Child Psychology Student Organization (CPSO) provides students who are interested in developmental psychology with volunteer opportunities on campus and in the community, research mentorships with ICD faculty, and social events with other ICD students. Learn more and become a member.

Tuition and funding

Anne D. Pick Award for Outstandifuture palns ng Child Development Major

The Anne D. Pick Award honors Professor Anne Pick’s commitment to undergraduate students and their education. Students who major in developmental psychology at ICD are eligible to receive the Anne D. Pick award. Recipients of the award receive a certificate and a scholarship of $500 and up to $250 in travel/research funds. Students also have their name inscribed on a plaque at ICD. Students who have reached their maximum financial aid award are not eligible for the $500 scholarship, but will be eligible for up to $750 in travel/research funds.

Selection criteria

  • Senior graduating in the spring of the current academic year
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.70 or higher
  • Excellence in scholarship or service
    • Scholarship is defined as intellectual involvement outside the classroom that may include scholarly papers or presentations and/or involvement in faculty/student collaborative research or independent research.
    • Service may be to the University of Minnesota, the Institute of Child Development, and/or Twin Cities community and is defined as activities provided to the community (e.g. teaching gymnastics to children with special needs, volunteering in a shelter), positions of leadership held in student academic/service organizations, peer advising, internships, or apprenticeships.

Application instructions

Deadline: November 1

To apply, students must submit the following application materials to Meghan Allen Eliason ( at the Institute of Child Development by the application deadline:

  1. A current resume or CV.
  2. One (one page or less) letter of recommendation from a UMN professor.
  3. A personal statement (two pages or less) addressing your recent and current involvement in scholarship, service and/or volunteer projects, as well as your future plans involving child psychology.

All applications will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the ICD Undergraduate Studies Committee and applicants will be notified of a decision by the end of November.

Funding for conference presentations

ICD offers up to $300 to any of our undergraduate students who are a lead presenter/author on a poster or presentation at a conference. Students are responsible for their travel and conference registration up front, but can request to get reimbursed for $300 of those costs. Costs may include flight, gas, accommodations, or conference costs. To qualify, your poster or presentation must be directly related to your ICD major. For more information about funds and requesting reimbursement, contact Meghan Allen Eliason at

Additional tuition and funding resources


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Meghan Allen Eliason
I meet with undergraduate students to discuss program requirements and career goals. I am excited to get to know you and help you along your path. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions.

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