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Program Overview

You can finish ICS Canada’s Child Psychology online Career Diploma courses in as little as three months. ICS Canada’s Child Psychology program can help you understand how to work with young people and their parents, and you can learn the methods of research, problems of children, some methods of therapy, and the application of findings in family settings, play groups, day care facilities, and schools.¹

Curriculum Details

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

The Child Psychology program provides students with a basic understanding of the principles of psychology and a more specific understanding of the psychological makeup of children and adolescents.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Develop more effective personal communication skills in the use and selection of words, gestures, tone of voice, facial expressions, listening skills, and physical appearance
  • Recognize the psychological aspects of oneself and others
  • Identify patterns of growth, change, and stability that occur in a person’s life from conception through adolescence, including those of genetics, psychology, the physical environment, and social and cultural influences
  • Describe the widespread and often deeply troubling world of childhood and adolescent disorders

Instruction Set 1

Learning Strategies

The advantages of learning at home; types of study materials; types of examinations; accessing and using the features of our website; determining what kind of learner you are; establishing a study schedule; using study tips; preparing for and taking examinations.

Interpersonal Communication Skills

Developing more effective personal communication skills to increase chances for professional success; increasing skill levels involving the use and selection of words, gestures, tone of voice, facial expressions, listening skills, as well as overall physical appearance.

Instruction Set 2

Introduction to Psychology

Definitions of Psychology; Areas of Psychology; Applications of Psychology; Psychology in Everyday Use; Course Objectives.

Methods Used in Psychology

Basic Concepts; Methods of Psychology; Psychological Processes; Personality and Family; Adjustment and Maladjustment.

The Relevance of Child Psychology

Child-Rearing Practices; Your Child Management "Style"; Family Influences; Individual Differences; Knowing Yourself.

Additional Material

Textbook: Child Development - A First Course

Instruction Set 3

Child Psychology in General

Theories of Child Development; Maturation and Learning; Attachment and Separation; Development Stages; Capacities of Children.

Starting Off

Pre-Birth Influences; Neonatal Psychology; Stimulation in Infancy; Milestones in Development; Temperamental Differences in Children; Mother/Infant System.

Children Growing Up

Pre-School Development; Separation Problems; Socialization; Conscience Development (Values); Sexual Development; Middle Childhood; School Adjustment; Family Effects.

Adolescence and Other Problems

Changes at Puberty; Identity Formation; Peer Group Effects; Career Decisions/Choice; Delinquency and Drugs.

When Is a Problem Really a Problem?

Emotional Development; Normality and Abnormality; Development Disorders; Handicaps and Disability; Behaviour Problems.

Instruction Set 4

Children Who Require Special Treatment

Professional Approaches; Self-Help Approaches (Groups); Behavioural Approaches; Play Therapy; Communicating with Children.

Helping Children with Problems

Deciding to Intervene; Assessing the Problem; Planning a Program; Observing and Keeping Records; Evaluating the Program.

Looking Back to Go Ahead

Children in the Future; Impact of Social Changes on Children; Changing Services for Children; Changing Lifestyles and Children; Legal Changes and Children.

Putting It All Together

Main Themes of this Program; Developing a Child-Care "Toolkit"; Sharing Skills; Resources for Future Learning; Child Rearing: A Matter of Personal Choice?

Additional Material

Textbook: Caring for School-Aged Children


Computer Specifications
You will need access to a Microsoft® Windows®-based computer running Windows® XP or later (Mac OS X® or later) and high-speed Internet to complete your program with ICS Canada.

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.

Sample Lesson

To view a Child Psychology sample lesson, click here.

Child Psychology Courses Details

In ICS Canada’s Child Psychology course, you'll cover topics such as:

  • The methods used in psychology
  • The relevance of child psychology
  • Adolescence
  • Children who require special treatment
Online child psychology courses

The Child Psychology Career Diploma program provides a basic foundation of the principles of psychology and a more specific understanding of the psychological makeup of children and adolescents.² This is a great option if you want to improve your skills in a child management setting, or want to learn more as a parent or caregiver. Here are a few qualities that are effective when overseeing children:

  • Communicative: You listen and talk through situations.
  • Cooperative: You are pleasant and a good communicator.
  • Sociable: Spending time with others is fun and rewarding.
  • Creative: You often need to think outside the box to engage young children.
  • Compassionate: You care about the health and well-being of others.

"I chose to further my education and accounting knowledge with ICS Canada while working as an accounting clerk, which allowed me to move up within the company at which I am currently working. Studying with ICS Canada was a great experience, and the instructors were very helpful when it came to resolving any issues I had while studying."

- Sean S., ICS Canada graduate

"I have taken three diploma courses with ICS Canada. It has been very rewarding and challenging. I love to increase my knowledge level and share experiences. ICS Canada is great. Enrol! The contact with them is always very pleasant. You feel like a part of the ICS team."

- Connie K., ICS Canada graduate

Your program includes:

  • Customized payment plans with 0% interest
  • Books
  • Study Planner App to customize your study plans and keep track of your progress
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Exclusive access to ICS Canada’s Student and Alumni Facebook Group
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

Does ICS Canada offer career services to its students?

Yes, students have access to career services through Career Cruising as soon as they are enrolled with ICS Canada. Career Cruising offers students with tips on setting up a career portfolio, learning assessments to find the right job fit, and employment guides with interview do’s and don’ts, resume writing tips and more.

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¹ The ICS Canada Child Psychology Diploma program is for personal understanding and does not lead to any professional licensing.

² The completion of this diploma-level program does not typically qualify a student for employment. Completion of this program may assist students who have previous academic or work related experience improve their chances for a promotion or entry-level employment.