Psychology, Developmental Disabilities

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Earn your degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Psychology with Developmental Disabilities at Pittsburg State.

Combine coursework in general psychology with specialized training in the area of developmental disabilities.

Our curriculum is designed to provide students with the skills they need to work with individuals who have developmental disabilities in a variety of settings, including:

  • Schools
  • Residential facilities
  • Community organizations

Topics unique to the Psychology with Developmental Disabilities emphasis track 

  • Educational psychology
  • Family development
  • Psychology of exceptional children
  • Behavior analysis
  • Therapeutic recreation

Psychology degree jobs in the developmental disabilities sector

Some potential job options for psychology majors with a focus on developmental disabilities include:

  • Developmental Disabilities Specialists: help your clients improve their quality of life, develop skills, and achieve their goals. They may work in a variety of settings, including schools, residential facilities, or community organizations.
  • Behavior Analyst: develop and implement behavioral interventions that help your clients learn new skills and overcome challenging behaviors. They use techniques such as applied behavior analysis to help clients achieve their goals.
  • Case Manager: Increase your clients' access to services and resources that can support their needs. They may coordinate services such as healthcare, education, and employment to help clients achieve their goals.


About Psychology and Counseling Department

The Department of Psychology and Counseling has placed its graduates in schools, businesses, agencies and hospitals throughout the region, as well as provided teachers for two and four year colleges. The department enjoys a strong relationship with area mental health agencies, with many private and governmental establishments acting as training sites for students, and using department faculty and advanced graduate students as consultants. PSU is the only school within a 100 mile radius that provides graduate training in counseling, psychology and school psychology. Additionally, no other university in Kansas has an integrated psychology and counseling department, allowing the department to offer comprehensive, in-depth programs in each area and providing students with the opportunity to experience the best in both disciplines.

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