Educational Psychology Programs

The Department of Educational Psychology offers graduate courses leading to:

I. Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.)
The Master of Science in Education offers advanced study in educational research and measurement, learning and development, multicultural issues, and exceptionalities. A wide array of electives from related fields are permitted. Specializations that lead to either the Board Certification in Behavior Analysis (BCBA) or gifted and talented (GT) supplemental teacher certification, are also options within the MSEd program. The MSEd requires a minimum of thirty-six hours of graduate coursework, twenty-one of which are core courses in Educational Psychology.

II. Master of Arts (M.A.)
The Master of Arts is considered a research focused masters program that may be seen as a step towards PhD graduate study in Educational Psychology or a related field. The primary difference when compared to the MSEd is the requirement of a masters thesis. The advanced courses for the MA are the same as that for the MSEd; however, the MA requires thirty hours of coursework. The specializations in the BCBA and GT tracks are options for the MA as well.

A specialization unique to the MA is the Quantitative Methods specialization. We offer a 5th Year MA program for undergraduates interested in quantitative methods (the program is also an option for students already holding an undergraduate degree). This program allows undergraduates the opportunity to develop skills in quantitative research and complete a Master’s degree in one year. For more information, see the Quantitative Methods Specialization handbook and the departmental listing of quantitative courses.

III. Education Specialist (Ed.S.)
The Education Specialist in School Psychology is a cohort-based practitioner-oriented degree program that is fully approved by the National Association of School Psychologists. The program prepares students to meet the learning, behavior, and mental health needs of individuals in school-based settings using evidence-based assesment and interventions. Degree requirements include coursework, field-based training, and a year-long internship. Graduates are eligible to become a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology.

IV. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
The Doctor of Philosophy degree requires a minimum of sixty-five graduate hours plus nine hours of dissertation. Students take courses in three primary strands, two supporting strands, and a minor area of study. The primary strands include History and Systems, Psychological Foundations, and Learning and Cognition. These three strands form the basis for the student's major area of study. More information regarding admission and other course requirements are included in the program description.

Please note the following important information regarding application for admission:

  • Contact the Graduate School to begin the application process.
  • All aspects of the application must be completed by the deadline. If everything is not submitted, the application file is not complete and will not be considered.
  • Applicants submitting their materials by the admission deadline will be contacted for an interview. Following the interview, applications will be considered and applicants will be notified of the results.
  • Prospective students are encouraged to apply by March 1 to increase their chances for obtaining scholarships or an assistantship.