Application for Admission to the Psychology adp minor Guidelines and Checklist

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UCLA Department of Psychology Applied Developmental Psychology (ADP) Minor

Application for Admission to the Psychology ADP Minor

Guidelines and Checklist

  • Submit your complete application to the Psychology Undergraduate Advising Office, 1531 Franz Hall (1st floor of Franz tower; outside entrance facing vending machines).

The application deadline for Spring/Summer 2015 (cohort B) is Friday, January 9, 2015, 4:30 pm.

The application deadline for Fall-Winter-Spring 2015-2016 (cohort A) is Friday, April 10, 2015, 4:30 pm.

  • We will contact you within a week after the deadline to confirm receipt of your application.

  • You may also be asked to sign up for a 1-hour group interview. It is vital that you respond as soon as possible if invited to interview.

  • Cohort B applicants will be informed of admission decisions by Feb. 13; cohort A applicants will be informed of decisions by May 8.

Application Checklist

___ Type your responses to all questions into this application*, print, and attach with a paper clip:

___ A complete copy of your Degree Progress Report or Degree Audit Report. There is no need for an official Registrar-issued transcript. Pre-UCLA transcripts (e.g., community college) are not required.

___ 1 academic- or employment-related recommendation from any supervisor or instructor who knows you well and can speak to your strengths, skills and potential (use form provided and provide recommender with a blank envelope), sealed in an envelope with the recommender’s signature across the seal. Please plan ahead to allow time for your recommender to complete the form and return it to you for inclusion in your application.

* Tips for entering responses into the forms of this Word document:

  1. Enter your responses into the gray shaded areas provided for each question. The space and box will expand to accommodate your response. (Some questions are open-ended; others offer a drop-down menu of response options.)

  2. Several questions have a word limit (e.g., 25 words, 150 words, etc.). If you cannot calculate a word count inside this document, we recommend that you write and edit your responses in a separate document, in which you can use the “word count” tool, and then copy and paste the responses into this form.

Please ensure your application is complete. We cannot review incomplete applications.

Keep this page for your records, and thank you for your interest!

Questions? Please see the ADP website!

(Still have questions? E-mail

UCLA Department of Psychology Applied Developmental Psychology (ADP) Minor

Application for Admission to the Psychology ADP Minor

Last Name


First Name


UCLA Student ID #:         –    



Date of Birth

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Graduation Expected:

Qtr: Yr:

Transfer student?

Cumulative UCLA GPA:      

Major GPA:      

Have you applied to join ADP before?

If yes, for what cohort?

Qtr: Yr:

This application is for the following cohort (Please check one or both):

Spring/Summer A/Summer C 2015 (cohort B)
Fall 2015/Winter 2016/Spring 2016 (cohort A)

OPTIONAL: Please describe your ethnicity:      

One of our internship placements is 4 miles from campus in the Palms neighborhood of LA (a 20-minute direct bus ride from UCLA). Are you willing to be considered for this placement?

LOCAL ADDRESS (If your phone number will change during the summer, please contact us to update your information.)


Number & Street


Number & Street


City, State & Zip


City, State & Zip


Telephone Cell Phone

(   )     -      (   )     -     


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Email address:      

E-mail is our primary mode of communication re: admissions and the minor! Be sure to provide an e-mail you check daily!

For students applying to admission to cohort B: There may be an opportunity for a limited number of summer work-study positions at internship sites for students in cohort B. Work-study hours would be in addition to the 15 unpaid internship hours/week required during Summer Sessions A & C.

Are you eligible for and interested in a work-study award for summer sessions?

If you indicated “Don’t know/Not sure, please explain:      

Questions and Essay: Please answer questions 1 – 9 on the following pages.

1. Some of the children at ADP childcare placement sites are bilingual. It’s helpful for us to know if you have proficiency in any language(s) other than English (although it’s not a requirement!) Please list any languages you speak other than English, and for each, indicate level of proficiency.


Level of proficiency




Note: question #2 begins on next page.

2. How did you hear about the ADP minor? 

3. Please list ALL courses you have taken (or are currently taking) that you consider relevant to the ADP minor. Note: ALL Psychology courses should be listed, along with any research methods courses (in any department) and/or research assistantships completed for course credit. Press enter (within each column) to begin a new line for each additional course.





Knowledge/skills/experience gained relevant to ADP? (max 25 words to describe each course)


4. Please briefly describe your experiences working with children (including age(s) of children), note length/duration of each experience, and what each experience taught you. You are welcome to answer in list/bullet-point or paragraph form. (max 150 words)

5. How will your involvement in ADP tie into your past experiences and future goals?

6. This internship requires strenuous activity (e.g., lifting 30 lb., bending). Is there any reason you would not be able to perform the duties of this job? The purpose of this inquiry is so that accommodations can be made if necessary.


Note: question #7 begins on next page.

7. In a typical week during the academic year, an ADP student spends approximately 16 hours per week* on ADP-related work, during which he/she:

-- Attends the 134 class

-- Interns 8 hr/wk during academic year; 15 hr/wk for cohort B during summer

-- Documents ongoing observations of children at their internship site

-- Completes course readings

-- Submits twice-weekly writing-intensive assignments

-- Maintains timely communication with instructors, supervisors and fellow interns

-- Attends occasional office hours, additional workshops (at least once per quarter), and (spring quarter only) 2

evening professional development panels

-- During the second quarter, meets with classmates outside to complete a group project

Please review the ADP website for more details (see the section “What do ADP students actually do?”)

*For Cohort B, a typical week during summer sessions A and C is likely to involve 25 hours of the ADP-related work described above.

Please comment on your ability to maintain a commitment like this, and note what will be most challenging about the minor for you across the 3 quarters. (max 250 words) 


8. Anything else we should know in considering your candidacy for the ADP minor?


Note: Question #9 begins on next page.

9. In the space below, please answer the following essay question in 400-650 words (no more than 650 words, please!). Be specific and explicit in your reasoning. Offer support for your argument with examples from any or all of the following: relevant research, theory, policy issues, current events, and/or your own observations/experience.

If you include information from outside sources, please adhere to UCLA’s academic integrity policy and cite all sources

Choose one of the following quotes about young children. Discuss its meaning, why you agree or disagree with its claim, and how society would benefit (or suffer) from adults who perceive young children’s development, care and/or education this way. (Please focus on young children)

“Through others we become ourselves.” – Lev Vygotsky

“When dealing with children there is greater need for observing than of probing” – Maria Montessori

"When you teach a child something, you take away forever his chance of discovering it for himself." – Jean Piaget


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