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Child and Adolescent Development Specialization Added to Walden University's M.S. in Psychology

Newly streamlined master's program one of the few to offer this specialization online

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- An increased need for research, planning and advocacy for children and adolescents, along with heightened state and local emphasis on advanced training for early child care professionals, is driving professionals in the field to enhance their knowledge and skills. In response to these trends, Walden University is adding a new specialization, Child and Adolescent Development, to its recently streamlined M.S. in Psychology program. Walden is one of the few universities in the country to offer this specialization online.

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Walden's updated and streamlined master's program in psychology allows students to earn a degree with 45 credits and in as little as 15 months. By reducing previous tuition costs by $4,500, the M.S. in Psychology is now one of the most affordable such master's programs offered online.

"Designed for the working professional, our new Child and Adolescent Development specialization provides students with the practical tools they need to help children and teens in a variety of settings as well as explore diverse factors affecting youth's physical and mental health and illness," said Dr. Marilyn Powell, associate dean of the School of Psychology. "Students also learn to apply behavior analysis to support positive change. The aim is to promote positive and healthy behaviors through a process of observation, evaluation and advocacy for intervention."

In addition to the new specialization, students in the program can choose from 11 other career-focused specializations that reflect the latest developments in their fields. Students enrolling in the Applied Psychology, Educational Psychology, General Psychology, Health Psychology, Organizational Psychology and Social Psychology specializations can apply credits from the M.S. in Psychology program toward a Ph.D. in Psychology, saving time and money in earning their doctorate.                                                                       

To learn more about the M.S. in Psychology program, call an enrollment advisor at 1-855-203-7874 or visit www.WaldenU.edu/mspsych.

About Walden University
For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 50,000 students from all 50 states and more than 145 countries are pursuing their bachelor's, master's or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of more than 75 campus-based and online universities in 30 countries.

Walden offers more than 75 degree programs with more than 385 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration and information technology. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org.

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