Master's Programs in Educational Psychology
Master of Science (M.S.Ed)
This program is designed for students who are interested in individual differences. It is particularly suited for those students who will work with children or adults in educational settings. Students who complete this program will be able to describe (a) the foundations of educational psychology, (b) individual differences in learning and development, (c) research methodologies in education, (d) issues and trends in educational psychology, and (e) relationships between measurement, exceptionalities, and multicultural issues.
This degree requires the completion of a minimum of thirty-six semester hours of graduate work. Twenty-one of these hours consist of a core curriculum in educational psychology that includes one course in each of the following areas: learning (EDP 5333), development (EDP 5332), measurement (EDP 5340), exceptionalities (EDP 5366), cultural issues (EDP 5393), research (EDP 5335), and special problems (EDP 5V95).
The remaining hours may include 5000 level courses from one or more of these specializations: assessment, research and statistics, learning and development, special education, gifted and talented, or applied behavior analysis. With approval, up to fifteen hours may be taken outside the School of Education. The wide array of specializations allows students to select courses that match not only their interests but their future career goals.
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Thirty semester hours of graduate courses including three hours upon completion of a satisfactory thesis. Other requirements must be met as specified for all other master's degrees.
Quantitative Methods Specialization
There is a well-documented shortage of professionals with quantitative skills, which makes graduates with such competencies in high demand. To help meet this demand, we offer a 5th Year M.A. program for undergraduates interested in quantitative methods. This program allows undergraduates the opportunity to develop skills in quantitative research and complete a Master’s degree in one year.
The purpose of the 5th year M.A. program in educational psychology with a specialization in quantitative methods is to prepare professional researchers to understand and apply advanced quantitative research methods to address social problems and understand educational, psychological, and methodological research so that program graduates can contribute new knowledge to the field.
In this program, students will learn research skills necessary for understanding the gap between theory, research, and practice. With these skills, students will conduct principled inquiry that promotes quantitative scholarship to advance knowledge and educational and psychological practice — skills that benefit students in doctoral programs or a research-related career.
For more information on either M.S.Ed or M.A. program please contact Dr. Terrill Saxon at Terrill_Saxon@baylor.edu