Alabama offers a highly diverse level of education within the small state. The state offers more than 25 schools with psychology degree programs, and with one of the lowest costs of living in the nation, it is the ideal place to study and practice psychology.
Developmental psychology is a highly sought after degree, and many schools offer opportunities for students to earn their bachelors, masters, or doctoral in psychology. Students who wish to practice independently in the state of Alabama must complete the doctoral program, and then go on to pass the board exam administered by the Alabama Board of Examiners in Psychology.
The state of Alabama requires that all psychology licensure applicants be at least the age of 19, and that they adhere to the Code of Ethics of the American Psychological Association.
Developmental psychology is taught at various levels but the most popular degree in this field of study is a PhD. At bachelor’s level one learns subjects like social psychology, psychology of the sexuality as well as biology. At master’s level students learn various processes related to cognition, memory and sociology. In a PhD program one may develop understanding related to spatial thinking, various neuro-cognitive processes and cross-cultural development.
Accredited Degree Programs
The University of Alabama
The University of Alabama offers a fully-funded Experimental Psychology PhD program with a concentration in Developmental Science. This program was started in 2006 by the Psychology Department and the Human Development and Family Studies Department. Once enrolled, students are required to chose a focus area from (1) Early Childhood Development, (2) Developmental Disabilities and (3) Youth Aggression. Main aim of the program is to train students for careers in research, teaching, and applied developmental work.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
UAB offers a Lifespan Developmental PhD Psychology program. To enroll in the program candidates are required to have research experience and a Master’s degree in the related field. Due to limited enrollment of 2-4 students every year, admission to the program is highly competitive. Successful candidates normally have a GPA of 3.5+ with verbal GRE score of 156+ and a Quantitative Score of 152+.
Once successfully enrolled, first-year students receive fellowship support, which includes tuition and fee reduction. However, in following years, students are normally funded with assistantships related to teaching or research.
Psychologists working within the state of Alabama can expect to earn between $78,000 and $110,000 annually. The salary seems low compared to other states in the country, but with the cost of living in 2012 a whopping 92.6% higher in New York City than in Mobile, Alabama, it is worth considering starting a practice within the state.
Further reading: Psychologist license and education requirements in Alabama.