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Developmental and Educational Psychology (IBP)


Entry requirements



Developmental and Educational Psychology focuses on processes of development, maturation and learning throughout childhood and youth (prenatal to approximately 21 years old).

Course objectives

At the end of this course, the student can:
1) define the key terms of developmental and educational psychology (i.e, the terms for the important concepts, theories and research methods) and apply them to examples;
2) indicate the major social, emotional, cognitive and language developments that may be expected in children; and
3) indicate the major influences on development in children (i.e., the underlying mechanisms of change).


For the timetables of your lectures, work group sessions, and exams, select your study programme. Psychology timetables

Lectures Work group sessions Exams



First year psychology students are automatically enrolled for courses, but do need to register themselves for the exam.

Other students do not only need to register for exams themselves, but also for lectures and work group sessions. For information on registration periods consult the bachelor course registration


Students are not automatically enrolled for an examination. They can register via uSis from 100 to 10 calendar days before the date; students who are not registered will not be permitted to take the examination.

Consult the first year guide in the info for first year students International Bachelor in Psychology

Registering for exams

Mode of instruction

  • 8 2-hour lectures

  • 4 2-hour work group sessions

Assessment method

The assessment consists of an exam and a so-called ‘second assessment component’. Both address all learning objectives, and both lead to a constituent grade.

The exam consists of 48 four-choice questions, divided into 8 sets of 6 questions. The 8 sets correspond to the 8 weeks of the course. The weight of the exam grade in the final grade is 70%.

The second assessment component consists of study questions and workgroup assignments. The weight of the second assessment grade in the final grade is 30%.

The Institute of Psychology uses fixed rules for grade calculation and compulsory attendance. It also follows the policy of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences to systematically check student papers for plagiarism with the help of software. Disciplinary measures will be taken when fraud is detected. Students are expected to be familiar with and understand the implications of these three policies.

Literatuur / Reading list

Siegler, R., Saffran, J. R., Eisenberg, N., DeLoache, J., & Gershoff, E. (2017). How Children Develop. 5th edition; INTERNATIONAL EDITION; ISBN: 9781319107406. New York: Worth Publishers. Price: 70 Euro.

Contact information

Dr. Harrie Boelens