Developmental Psychology Online Course

Developmental Psychology Online Course Sale!
Full Fee $595.00 incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00 incl GST
Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Certificate

Developmental psychology is interested in discovering the psychological processes of development. This is also the study of progressive psychological changes that occur in human beings as they age.

This course is looks at the entire life span of an individual starting with infants and children, and later other periods of great change such as adolescence and early life aging. This ever growing field examines change across a broad range of topics including: motor skills and other psycho-physiological processes, problem solving abilities, conceptual understanding, acquisition of language, moral understanding, and identify formation.


Detailed Course Outline


This course is made up of a number of lessons or units.  Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online.

There are 10 lessons in this course:


  • Theoretical approaches and key concepts
  • Lifelong growth
  • Nature/nurture theories
  • Psychodynamic
  • Behavioural
  • Social cognitive
  • Cognitive
  • Lifespan

Early childhood

  • Cognitive & social development in the first 6 years
  • Genetics
  • Personality
  • Cognition
  • Recognition
  • Memory
  • Social relationships

Middle childhood

  • Cognitive, moral & social development in the school years
  • Motor skills
  • Cognitive and language development
  • Relationships with family and peers
  • Moral development

Challenges of middle childhood

  • School and learning
  • Sense of self
  • Achievement
  • Peer pressure
  • Family breakup
  • Grief and trauma


  • Cognitive, moral and social development
  • Cognitive development
  • Moral development
  • Identity
  • Relationships with family and peers

Challenges of adolescence

  • Sexuality
  • Peer groups
  • Identity vs role confusion
  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Values and meaning


  • Cognitive and psychosocial development in early and middle adulthood
  • Sexuality
  • Parenthood
  • Work and achievement
  • Moral reasoning
  • Gender roles
  • Cultural perspectives
  • Adult thinking

Challenges of adulthood

  • Marriage and divorce
  • Grief
  • Depression
  • Parenting
  • Dealing with change

Late adulthood

  • Cognitive and psychosocial changes in the elderly
  • Intelligence
  • Learning and age
  • Physiological influences
  • Cognitive abilities
  • Personality changes
  • Relationships

Challenges of late adulthood

  • Loss
  • Mourning
  • Depression and elderly suicide
  • Aging brain, dementia etc, integrity vs despair, loss of independence.


When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.

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    Course Tutor

    Dr Nicholas Harris B. Psychology (Hons I), PhD

    Nicholas is a social psychologist; he studies and teaches on topics involving group-level and individual-level behavior, as well as examining the effect of the situation.  Nicholas has been involved in writing textbooks and research papers in psychology. Nicholas’ teaching experience is vast; he has taught social psychology, indigenous and intercultural psychology, statistics, research methods, psychological measurement and assessment, personality, organizational psychology, counselling skills, and ethics. Nicholas has also completed a number of short courses on counselling and suicide prevention, and has volunteered for a number of years with Lifeline. Nicholas has supervised a number of honours and master’s research theses.

    How It Works

    1. Learn Online

    Get access to your course content anywhere, anytime and study at your own pace.

    2. Get Help & Support

    Connect with other like-minded students and get help from the teacher whenever you have a question.

    3. Receive Certificate

    Graduate from your course knowing that you have what it takes to reach your next step.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I pay in installments?

    Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.

    Can I study from anywhere in the world?

    We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.

    Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?

    Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.


    Do I have to sit an Exam?

    No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.

    Do you have set start dates?

    There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.