Early Childhood Psychology (minor)

The Early Childhood Psychology minor is open to non-Education students. The minor is designed to provide knowledge, theory, and practical experience to those students interested in pursuing careers working with young children or graduate studies involving children.



Only available as a minor

Why Early Childhood Psychology?

  • 1 Studying Early Childhood Psychology will open a wide array of career paths for you. Depending on your aspirations, Early Childhood Psychology may be a perfect accompaniment to your major.
  • 2 Knowledge in Early Childhood Psychology will improve your ability to interact with kids, a vital skill in every child-related career.
  • 3 Psychology majors study how and why organisms do what they do, which gives them a better understanding of human behavior. Thus, as a Childhood Psychology minor, you will gain a better understanding of children, yourself, and others.


Careers in Early Childhood Psychology

  • Elementary School Counselor
  • Childcare Provider
  • Social Worker
  • Marketing Director of Children's Products
  • Juvenille Probation Officer

Alumni Graduate Schools

  • New York University
  • Ball State University
  • Purdue University
  • William & Mary

Why Study Early Childhood Psychology at Saint Joseph’s College?


The Early Childhood Psychology minor is designed for non-Education students who desire careers working with young children. Perhaps you are interested in pursuing a career in childcare, marketing children’s products, juvenile justice, or other child-related career paths. If that is the case, minoring in Early Childhood Psychology is the perfect accompaniment to your major. Because our Early Psychology minors’ majors and career aspirations vary, we offer a wide array of classes, including Child and Adolescent Development, Human Development and Exceptional Needs, Literacy Learning Environments, Multimedia Education, Early Childhood, and many more. As a result, Early Childhood Psychology minors, with the help of advisors, can handpick their classes to coincide with their majors or future goals.  

Hands-on Experience

While students minoring in Early Childhood Psychology are encouraged to pursue internships, the Department of Psychology offers PSY 447: Seminar in Applied Developmental Psychology. During PSY 447, students apply the theory of and research in developmental psychology in non-laboratory settings. Supervised field experience with children is part of the course.

Dedication to Excellence

SJC’s Department of Psychology prepares students for continuing education on the graduate level or for immediate employment in clinical, counseling, or experimental fields. The Department of Psychology also strives to introduce students to a wide range of vocational paths.

Faculty and Class Size

SJC strives for high quality faculty, which is why every Department of Psychology professor has a doctoral degree in his or her field of expertise. Class sizes range between 10 and 20 students.

Explore the Core
  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.