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Lynch School of Education

Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology

The Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology program is designed for students who seek to enhance their understanding of human development. The focus of the ADEP Program is development and learning in sociocultural context. Areas of program expertise within the study of child development and child functioning include cognitive development and social development from the preschool years through adolescence. We also have expertise on adult functioning in community settings. Development is examined, in both research and curriculum, across multiple, interactive contexts or levels.

We provide training in applied development for educators, service providers, advocates, and researchers. It is designed for those who wish to understand and serve the needs of children, adults, and communities.

Our program embeds challenging academic work and a collegial intellectual environment within the broader culture of the Lynch School of Education at Boston College, which seeks to promote social justice and enhance the human condition.

The Lynch School of Education offers a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology.