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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology Major with Inclusive Early Childhood/Childhood Education Major

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The Psychology Department provides students with a solid grounding in the discipline’s diverse theoretical perspectives, research methods, and empirical findings. The program invites students to explore the relevance of psychology to their lives and to the improvement of society. Most of our students pursue advanced degrees within psychology in areas such as counseling, school counseling, or school psychology in preparation for work in human services or education. Some seek the Ph.D. degree for careers in college/university teaching and research, while others obtain graduate degrees in related disciplines such as business (e.g., human resources or organizational development) or social work.

Students seeking initial certification at the early childhood and childhood levels may double major in Psychology and Inclusive Early Childhood/Childhood Education. Students in this double major are required to have a minimum overall GPA of 2.7 before moving into INCH coursework which typically begins fall semester of the junior year.

Core Curriculum Requirements

All Nazareth students complete Core Curriculum coursework as part of their degree requirements. The Core provides a foundation in the liberal arts and sciences while guiding students to pose and explore their own intellectual questions. See Academic Policies and Procedures  for specific core curriculum requirements. 

Psychology Core

The Psychology Core provides the foundation for all of our programs. All Psychology Majors are to complete the requirements listed below.

Major Distribution Requirement (15-16 credits)

In addition to the four core courses listed above, all Psychology majors must satisfy the requirements below for a total of 15-16 credits.

A. Human Development

Choose one of the following:

B. Biological Bases of Behavior

Choose one of the following:

C. Learning & Cognition

Choose one of the following:

D. Individual Differences

Choose one of the following:

E. Sociocultural Perspectives

Choose one of the following:

Electives (6 credits)

Choose any two courses either from those not taken as part of the distribution requirement and/or from the courses listed below:

Required Courses for Inclusive Early Childhood/Childhood Education Majors

Inclusive Early Childhood/Childhood Education Major Requirements

Psychology Senior Experience

Students integrate their study of psychology by enrolling in either PSY 472 or PSY 473 in which they write a senior thesis. Seniors also take a comprehensive exam.

The comprehensive exam in psychology has two components: a nationally standardized multiple-choice exam, and a thesis paper and oral presentation. The multiple-choice exam is given during the spring semester at a time announced several weeks in advance. The exam contains questions pertaining to Statistics and Research Methods (PSY 201, 202) as well as courses in the Major Distribution Requirement. Each student’s examination is evaluated individually, on the basis of the particular set of courses that the student has completed.

The second component of the examination - the term paper and oral presentation - is part of the course requirements for whichever Upper-Level Integrator the student takes (Senior Seminar and/or History of Psychology). In either course, this paper assignment calls for a comparison of a variety of perspectives on some topic of the student’s choosing. Passing this part of the comprehensive requires that the student earn a grade of C or better for the paper.

Sample Program for Psychology Major with Inclusive Early Childhood/Childhood Education

Fall Semester Spring Semester
ENGW 101 Exposition   3 ENGW 102 Argument and Research   3
ACS 101 Academic and College Success   1 Foreign Language with Lab (same language) 4
First Year Seminar (FYS) PEQ (1) 3 PEQ (4) 3
PSY.Q 110 Introduction to Psychological Science  PEQ (2) 3 PEQ (5) 3
PEQ (3)  3 PEQ (6) 3
Foreign Language with Lab (same language) 4 Health & Wellness 0
Fall Semester Spring Semester
SPF 204 History and Philosophy of Education   3 Math or Science Elective 3
PSY 201 Statistics and Research Methods I   3 PSY 202 Statistics and Research Methods II  plus lab 4
PSY 228 Social Psychology  (Area E) 3 PSY 221 Development I: Infancy and Childhood  (Area A) 3
PEQ (7) Science with Lab 4 Integrative Studies (IS) - 1   (Liberal Arts course) 3
PEQ (8) 3 Integrative Studies (IS) - 2  (Liberal Arts course) 3
Fall Semester Spring Semester
PSY 214 Sensation and Perception  (Area B) 3 PSY 351 Behavior Modification  (Area C) 3
INCH 310 Differentiated Planning and Assessment For Diverse Learners   3 PSY 343 Abnormal Psychology  (Area D) 3
INCH 320 Emergent Literacy and Language Development   3 CME 050 Core Milestone Experience   0
Integrative Studies (IS) - 3  (Liberal Arts course) 3 INCH 380 Construction of Meaning in Mathematics And Science   3
PSY 358 Positive Psychology  (PSY Elective 1) 3 INCH 390 Literacy, Language Arts, and Social Studies   3
EDU 475 Health Education, Child Abuse, and Violence Prevention Workshop    0 Liberal Arts Elective 3
    EDU 485 Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (DASA Training)   0
(Summer tuition required)
INCH 410 Diversity and Inclusion for Inclusive Early Childhood and Childhood Classrooms   3 INCH 411 Field Work and Practicum in Inclusive Education Settings   3
Fall Semester Spring Semester
INCH 425 Designing and Implementing Positive Learning Communities           3 PSY 256 Health Psychology  (PSY Elective 2) 3
INCH 435 Assessment for Learning   3 PSY 473 Senior Seminar   3
INCH 470 Reflective Seminar on Teaching, Collaboration and Building Collaborative Partnerships   3 PSY 499 Psychology Comprehensive   0
INCH 480 Student Teaching  (EL Pathway) 6 Elective 3
    INCH 490 Current Issues in Inclusive Education   3
    INCH 499 Inclusive Education Portfolio Presentation   0
    Liberal Arts Elective 3


  • Students in Bachelor of Arts degree programs must complete 90 credits of liberal arts coursework.
  • Students in the Inclusive Early Childhood/Childhood Education major must complete 10 credits of math and science coursework.
  • Students may use a major course to fulfill one Integrative Studies (IS) course requirement.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.7 is required before moving into INCH coursework (fall semester, junior year).

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