AP Psychology: Curricular Requirements

  • The teacher has read the most recent AP Psychology Course Description.
  • The course provides instruction in each of the following 14 content areas outlined in the AP Psychology Course Description:
    • History and Approaches
    • Research Methods
    • Biological Bases of Behavior
    • Sensation and Perception
    • States of Consciousness
    • Learning
    • Cognition
    • Motivation and Emotion
    • Developmental Psychology
    • Personality
    • Testing and Individual Differences
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Treatment of Psychological Disorders
    • Social Psychology
  • As relevant to each content area, the course provides instruction in empirically supported psychological facts, research findings, terminology, associated phenomena, major figures, perspectives, and psychological experiments.
  • The course teaches ethics and research methods used in psychological science and practice.

Resource Requirements

  • The school ensures that each student has a college-level psychology textbook (supplemented when necessary to meet the curricular requirements) for individual use inside and outside of the classroom.
  • The school ensures that the teacher has his or her own copy of the most recent edition of the textbook used in the course.
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