The University of Parma (UNIPR) is one of the oldest universities in the world, founded more than a thousand year ago. Over the centuries, UNIPR has been able to maintain its vitality thanks to its key capacity of constantly keeping up with the times. UNIPR currently boasts about 25,000 students and 1,900 faculty and staff workers. The Course Catalogue offers a broad range of academic programs of humanistic, scientific and technological fields. The Courses are coordinated by 9 Departments, located in a campus and other locations. Bachelor and Master degrees in Psychology and in Education are offered. Psychology also offers a PhD program lasting three years.
In the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Cultural Industries, the field of Educational Psychology is considered one of the main research areas. Scholars working in the Department have considerable experience on the following topics: social development, emotional competence, teaching and learning processes, discursive interactions. Their research is mainly conducted within a socio-constructionist theoretical framework based on multimethod approaches. The Department offers a Master Degree in Clinical and Applied Psychology, Bachelor and master in Education, and a Master of Applied Behavior Analysis (A.B.A.), of particular relevance for the training of teachers.
In addition, some professors of the Department, in agreement with the City of Parma, propose many training courses for ECEC teachers and coordinators.