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Educational Psychology: Graduate Programs

Overview: 

The Educational Psychology department offers three graduate degree programs: M.Ed. in School Counseling, M.A. in Educational Psychology, and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology.

The mission of the school counseling program is to educate Professional School Counselors. Through leadership, advocacy, collaboration, use of data, and action, our graduates will be competent at identifying and overcoming barriers that impede equal access to educational and career opportunities for all students. We are committed to educating Professional School Counselors skilled in the delivery of a developmental school counseling program and who are effective at providing equitable resources and support for all students. Our graduates will be dedicated to the high academic achievement, career success, and personal/social development of all students.

The master’s program (M.A.) in educational psychology provides a foundational understanding of the concepts, methods, and theories related to the profession of educational psychology. Students hold undergraduate degrees from diverse academic fields. Many are experienced educators who have chosen graduate work in educational psychology to increase their knowledge and skills. The program exposes these students to knowledge emerging from psychological research and theory, preparing them for a wide range of professional positions in education, government, and industry.

The doctoral program (Ph.D.) in educational psychology provides an environment where students are expected to acquire a balanced knowledge of both the scholarly and applied aspects of the field of educational psychology.

Both the M.A. and Ph.D programs provide an emphasis on a variety of substantive areas within the field of education (motivation, learning, instruction, and development) and research methods (measurement, statistics, and program evaluation).

Expected Learning Outcomes: 

M.Ed. in School Counseling and Guidance

  • The student can prepare and deliver a high-quality professional presentation on a school-counseling related topic to an audience of professionals and peers.

M.A. in Educational Psychology

  • The student can: (a) conduct a research project; or (b) review the literature in a specific substantive area.
  • The student can demonstrate skills necessary to make a presentation demonstrating competence in educational psychology.
  • The student can prepare an integrative review of the literature on a particular topic and make a presentation of the literature review to faculty and student colleagues.
  • The student can conduct an empirical research study in a substantive area of interest and make a presentation of that research study to faculty and student colleagues.
  • The student is required to complete one outcome assessment successfully. This assessment can take different forms, as agreed upon by the student and his/her committee.

Ph.D. in Educational Psychology

  • The student can: (a) conduct a research project; or (b) review literature in a specific substantive area
  • The student can make a presentation that demonstrates competence in educational psychology.
  • The student can offer theory-based responses to questions or problems relevant to the field of educational psychology.
  • The student can prepare an integrative review of the literature on a particular topic and make a presentation of that literature review to faculty and student colleagues.
  • The student can conduct an empirical research study in a substantive area of interest and make a presentation of that research study to faculty and student colleagues.
  • The student is required to complete two outcome assessments successfully. These outcome assessments can assume different forms, as agreed by the student and his/her committee.
Updated date: Mon, 09/13/2010 - 12:03