An APECS minor will increase your knowledge, skill level, and experience working with children and youth in a variety of settings. You'll become familiar with the field of educational psychology, acquire knowledge and skills conducting research and/or serving in educational and community contexts. And you'll apply your knowledge and skills through a hands-on practicum experience.
This minor is a good choice for students who wish to pursue future graduate education in educational psychology, social work, counseling, college student personnel, youth development, teaching, or other related fields.
This 18-credit minor will allow you to apply psychological theory (systems-ecological, developmental, behavioral, cognitive-behavioral) to interpersonal, social, cultural, institutional, or economic contexts. You will be required to complete at least one of the following courses for 3 credits
Students spend ninety hours working with children, youth, or adults in ESL tutoring or after-school youth programs. Students develop sensitivities and competencies related to multicultural issues in U.S. society.
This course is a practicum experience that is designed to provide supervised research experience. Students are matched with University faculty members and their research projects.
For more course information, see core and elective courses.
"I've always been interested in education. But the research projects I've worked on have given me the opportunity to work with people coming in. It has helped me to realize that I want to work hands on with students."
Emphasis: Child psychology, APECS
Interests: Education, school counseling, working with kids
Research: Child Psychology labs, STEM Thinking, Reasoning & Learning Lab with Dr. Keisha Varma
Future plans: Work in a school setting as a school counselor for grades K-12