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 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)
|Educational Psychology Foundations||6|
Choose two of the following:
|Instruction, Learning and Assessment|
|Foundations of School Psychology 1|
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|
|Statistical Analysis for Education Research|
and Advanced Research Design in Education
|Educational Research Methods and Design|
and Educational Program Development and Evaluation
|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)
Choose one or two of the following:
|School Psychology Practicum I 1|
|Advanced Educational Program Development and Evaluation|
|Thesis Research 2|
Admission to School Psychology Program required
Candidates choosing the Thesis Capstone Experience will have 12 hours of Electives
Up to 6 hours of graduate-level courses from other disciplines may be chosen in consultation with an Advisor.
Optional Emphasis Areas
As an alternative to the basic M. Ed. In Educational Psychology degree requirements described above (15 hours Educational and Psychological Foundations, 12-15 hours Electives, and 3-6 hours of Capstone), candidates may choose but are not required to pursue one of two optional emphasis areas: Character and Citizenship Education or Educational Research and Program Evaluation. The two emphasis areas differ from the basic degree by restricting elective options to specific lists of courses as opposed to any 12-15 hours of free electives.