IMPORTANT: Students are only able to enroll in one online course per semester at the Umbra Institute. A University of Mississippi transcript will be provided as part of the cost and more information can be found clicking here.
It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that credit will be offered at their home university for this course.
This online course offered by the University of Mississippi in cooperation with the Umbra Institute. Note: This course carries a supplemental program fee.
The word adolescence comes from the Latin verb, adolescere, which translates roughly to mean growing into adulthood. The focus of this course centers on the psychological aspects of this transitional period of development. As in the study of any stage of human growth and development, what we know about the period of adolescence is based on research. Textbooks provide us with condensed summaries and reviews of new research, as well as research findings that have thus far stood the test of time. Textbooks are updated periodically to incorporate new knowledge that is being generated constantly.
When you complete your study of adolescence, you should have a better understanding of the characteristics of this stage, the significant influences on adolescent development, and the theories and research that enhance our abilities to work effectively with this group of individuals.
Course Objectives (include but are not limited to):
- Examining and applying theories that provide perspectives to this developmental period.
- Providing an overview of physical, cognitive, social, and personality changes that occur during adolescence.
- Understanding the effects of the family, peer relationships, schooling, and other factors on adolescent development.
- Developing an appreciation for adolescence as a cultural phenomena.
- Introducing various careers that are typically available to those desiring to work with adolescents.
For detailed information and syllabus please visit:
Santrock, J.W. (2013). Adolescence (15th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill. ISBN-10: 0078035481 ISBN-13: 978-0078035487