Studying child psychology: human’s key development phase

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Organisations all across Ireland have realised the benefits of incorporating psychological services into their practices. Employee and/or customer behaviour is especially relevant to businesses. However, organisations such as schools, educational initiatives, charities and the not-for-profit sector need staff with training in child psychology to give them greater insights into this crucial developmental period.

Students of this discipline will explore a wide range of topics and theories. These include everything from the nature vs. nurture debate, how moral understanding is formed, and a child’s role in the environment, emotional development and more.

Why study child psychology?

Many different career paths need training in child psychology. Students who wish to become psychologists specialising in children’s mental health will need to pursue postgraduate studies. However, a Master’s isn’t the only way to go. Having a degree or certificate in child psychology opens many doors for students who want to work with children or families. Consequently, social workers, healthcare professionals, teachers and anyone who works with children will benefit from studying psychology.

What does it involve?

There are a number of study options in this field. This includes short and introductory courses, certificate and diploma courses, as well as degree and postgraduate degree programmes. In addition, courses cover a wider array of topics such as healthcare, anthropology, crime and the legal system.

Many courses grant certificates and diplomas which can increase a student’s employability. Whether it s part-time classes to learn more about your own family, or working towards a diploma, there’s a class that fits anyone s schedule and interests.

At a glance

Child psychology is a broad and fascinating field that has direct real-world applications. Full-time, part-time and evening courses are offered all over the country. Studying child psychology will increase a student’s employability in fields that work with children and families.


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  1. Marie ward 30th December 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Hi, I’m just making an enquiry in relation to a beginners child psychology course. Kind regards Marie ward

    1. Anne Sexton 3rd January 2017 at 9:40 am

      Hi Marie

      You’ll find information on a range of psychology courses here:

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