Colorado offers a small contribution to psychology studies, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for with quality. The state offers more than 20 psychology programs with varying specialty programs in community based college arenas, and in some highly prestige schools. With more than five million people living in the state, and 610,000 of them in Denver alone, the state offers a great place to study and practice psychology.
Developmental psychology is a highly sought after degree, offering a variety of career opportunities. The study focuses on the development of individuals over a lifespan, with a context in family, social groups, peers, school, work, and various other social situations.
Accredited Training Programs
Metropolitan State College of Denver
Metropolitan State College of Denver offers a B.A. program in Human Development. Students are required to select one of five concentrations (Graduate School Concentration, Applied Concentration, Gerontology Concentration, Early Childhood Education Concentration, and Elementary Education Concentration). Throughout the program students are required to maintain a minimum of grade D in each course. Furthermore, apart from maintaining an overall GPA of 2.0, students must also maintain a GPA of 2.0 in Human Development majors.
University of Denver
University of Denver offers a Ph.D degree program in Developmental Psychology. The program provides extensive training in both theory and research in the field. As with any doctoral degree, this program has a strong emphasis on research. During first year of the program all students are required to develop a guided research project. Successful students can then progress to master’s and dissertation project.
New students should not worry as there is a formal mentoring program called’ buddy program’. All new students are paired with senior graduate students. For financial assistant, the Department of Psychology at UoD offers tuition waiver (valued at $33,000 in 2013-2014). Apart from tuition waiver the university also offers stipend of around $20,000.
Related Training Programs
Colorado State University offers bachelors, masters, and doctoral degree programs. The areas of study include behavioral neuroscience, cognitive psychology, career counseling, school psychology, community psychology, industrial-organizational psychology, counseling psychology, and social psychology.
Regis University offers certificate, bachelors, and master’s degree programs. The study areas include child psychology, applied psychology, marriage and family counseling, and counseling psychology.
University of Northern Colorado offers bachelor, master, doctoral, and specialty degree programs for students. The areas of study include community psychology, geriatric psychology, human services, marriage and family counseling, counselor education and supervision, counseling psychology, educational psychology, rehabilitation counseling, general psychology, counseling psychology, and school psychology.
Career Opportunities and Salary
Graduates from a developmental psychology program have a wide variety of opportunities in Colorado. The state offers government positions, counseling positions within schools, hospitals, learning centers, and large companies throughout the state. With so many professional sports teams in the state, the field of sports psychology is a highly sought after degree with amazing career opportunities.
The median wage in Colorado for developmental psychologists is around $90,000 a year. The median salary puts Colorado on the high end for annual psychologist’s income.
Further reading: Psychologist license and education requirements in Colorado.