Educational Psychology MEd, Character and Citizenship Education Emphasis

The Department of Education Sciences and Professional Programs provides training in the theory, research, and practice of the psychological mechanisms underlying teaching, learning, and human development of students as well as the related school processes and structures. The department also specializes in educational research, psychoeducational assessment, and school psychology.

The M.Ed. in Educational Psychology degree offers training in the theoretical principles, research, and practices of educational psychology. The degree is intended to facilitate career advancement within educational and community-based settings and to prepare candidates to pursue other advanced degrees in education or psychology. The M.Ed. in Educational Psychology degree consists of 33 hours of graduate coursework in the following areas:

A. Foundations (15 hours)

B. Electives (12-15 hours)

C. Capstone Experience (3-6 hours)

The foundations courses consist of 3 hours of study regarding the educational and psychological foundations of educational psychology, 3 hours of learning and cognition, 3 hours of human development, and 6 hours of statistics, research design, and/or program evaluation. The specific courses chosen for the electives and capstone experience will vary according to the candidate’s interests and the emphasis area, if any, that is chosen.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions requirements include an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher, a completed UMSL Graduate School Application Form, official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, and two letters of recommendation.

Curriculum (33 hours)

Foundations
Educational Psychology Foundations6
Choose two of the following:
Instruction, Learning and Assessment
Educational Psychology
Foundations of School Psychology 1
Human Development3
Choose one of the following:
Life-Span: Individual and Family Development
Psychology of Early Childhood Development
Advanced Studies in Child and Adolescent Development
Mental Health and Development of Children and Youth
Research Methods6
Statistical Analysis for Education Research
and Advanced Research Design in Education
or
Educational Research Methods and Design
and Educational Program Development and Evaluation
Electives12-15
12-15 Hours of graduate-level courses from any combination of the following curricular areas 2,3
Educational Psychology (ED PSY)
Educational Research and Evaluation Methods (ED REM)
Educational Technology (ED TECH)
Capstone Experience3-6
Choose one or two of the following:
School Psychology Practicum I 1
Advanced Educational Program Development and Evaluation
Internship
Thesis Research 2
Total Hours33

Emphasis Area Requirements 

Foundations
Educational Psychology Foundations6
Instruction, Learning and Assessment
Educational Psychology
Human Development3
Advanced Studies in Child and Adolescent Development
Research Methods6
Choose one of the following two course bloks:
Statistical Analysis for Education Research
and Advanced Research Design in Education
Educational Research Methods and Design
and Educational Program Development and Evaluation
Emphasis Area12-15
Required
Foundations of Citizenship Education
Character Education and Development
Choose one of the following:
Personality and Social Development
Life-Span: Individual and Family Development
Psychology of Early Childhood Development
Mental Health and Development of Children and Youth
Choose one (or two) of the following: 1
Current Perspectives on Citizenship Education
Advanced Methods in Character Education
Problems
Educational Program Development and Evaluation
Advanced Educational Program Development and Evaluation
Capstone Experience3-6
Choose one of the following:
Thesis Research 1
Internship
Advanced Educational Program Development and Evaluation
Total Hours33