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Developmental and Educational Psychology

Tuition fee €2,622 per year

In order to accept your Offer at the University of Padova, you must pay the first instalment of tuition fees. Information on 2021/22 fees is not yet available, but the amounts will be more or less the same of 2020/21.
The total amount of tuition fees due per each academic year can be significantly waived based on your “Equivalent Economic Status Index – ISEE”. For further information on how to obtain your ISEE and other income-based reductions, see: www.unipd.it/en/tuition-fees

Application fee €30 one-time

This fee is non-refundable.

Deposit €188 one-time

In order to accept your place at the University of Padua, the payment of the first instalment is required. This fee is non-refundable.

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The Master’s degree provides students with cutting-edge scientific knowledge and skills concerning typical and atypical development, and advanced topics in emotion regulation, peer relationships, and cultural developmental psychology. The programme encourages students’ active engagement and participation by combining theory with advanced methodology and practice that can be applied to different developmental periods, from infancy to late adolescence.

Programme structure

First year

- Research issues in typical cognitive development
During the course the students will acquire knowledge on: (a) the most recent theoretical models explaining the genesis and development of human cognition (b) the effects of active learning on cognitive and neurodevelopmental processes in typical development © life experiences and changes in cognitive processes associated with environmental factors. Students who attend the class will also have the opportunity to acquire useful skills necessarily to evaluate scientific texts and articles, as well as discussion and presentation competences.

- Statistical methods and data analysis in developmental psychology
- Advanced data analysis for psychological science
- Experimental research methods in psychology
- Developmental cognitive and social neuroscience

- Cultural developmental psychology
This course aims to provide a cultural perspective on human development. Specifically, the course will emphasize the usefulness of a (cross-)cultural approach to understand parenting and psychological functioning, to assess culturally diverse children and families, and to implement culturally sensitive interventions. Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be knowledgeable about the role of culture in human development and in socialization processes, as well as to identify the risk and protective factors involved in the adaptation of migrant families.

- Research issues in atypical development and learning
The course aims to introduce students to a range of both theoretical and practical issues encountered by researchers when planning and carrying out studies involving atypical populations. The course attempts to integrate diverse research topics and explanatory models within a broader framework of Neurodevelopmental Disorders in order to demonstrate how challenging might be an effective end-to-end research process. The second part of the course focuses on critical discussions of current research works in the field, with particular attention to cognitive and emotional aspects in educational settings. Moreover, this course aims to enhance students’ critical-thinking competence, thus supporting their transition into future career plans, giving them some insight into what it is like to both undertake a research programme as well as a clinical path.

- Advanced topics in emotion regulation and education
This course aims to provide students with knowledge and understanding of the main and most recent theories on the development of emotion regulation, with a special focus on its role in children’s learning processes. The course will adopt a comprehensive biopsychosocial approach presenting 1) the foundation of the development of emotion regulation and its role for later development of healthy, competent functioning; 2) the strong interconnection between emotion and cognitive regulation; 3) the protective role of emotion regulation when coping with internal and external sources of stress during childhood. Furthermore, research methodologies (including physiological measures) and cultural-contextual influences will be presented. At the end of the course, students should be able to express knowledge about the development of emotion regulation and its role in promoting, wellbeing and learning across the life span. Moreover, they should be able to understand and apply key concepts in the development of emotion regulation real-life practical educational and clinical contexts as well as to plan a research with adequate methodologies for the study of emotion regulation in children.

- Advanced topics in peer relationships research

Second year

- Risk prevention and wellness promotion among youth
- Economic inequality: perception, consequences and legitimization
- Introduction to scientific writing
- Writing grant proposals
- Research ethic

The programme is a study track – held completely in English – of the Master’s degree programme in Psicologia dello sviluppo e dell’educazione

Career opportunities

Graduates work as professionals in applied developmental and educational psychology, especially in educational or child and youth clinical centres, or as data scientists or policy advisers at international level. The programme also represents an excellent starting point for PhD studies.

Apply now! Academic year 2021/22
Application period has ended
Studies commence
Oct 1, 2021

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Academic year 2021/22
Application period has ended
Studies commence
Oct 1, 2021

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States