The Educational Psychology program consists of 30 semester hours. The M.Ed. degree in Educational Psychology focuses on learning theories, human development, research methods, assessment, and measurement, which could be utilized in a variety of settings and fields. The program includes a core set of courses, as well as electives to allow for specialization. The Educational Psychology program can help prepare graduates for the environment of assessment and outcomes-based practice that is prevalent today. The program is a good fit for teachers or those from social science backgrounds who want to pursue  a master’s degree to further their career. The program can also help prepare graduates to apply for doctoral programs in Educational Psychology or related fields.

The Educational Psychology program involves an interdisciplinary course of study, and has been designed to meet the needs of full-time and part-time students. Courses are offered primarily in the evening to accommodate students who work during the day.

Accreditation

  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE):  initial and advanced programs.
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • Ohio Department of Education.

Learning Goals for Graduate Education Programs

Contexts:

  1. Understands the contexts of professional practices.
  2. Demonstrates accuracy, organization, and persistence in achieving intellectual and professional goals.
  3. Contributes to the school, district, and the broader professional community.
  4. Engages in systematic inquiry.

Learner Development:

  1. Assumes responsibility in data-based decision-making and helps to ensure that decisions are based on the highest professional standards.
  2. Demonstrates knowledge of clients/students.

Practice:

  1. Demonstrates knowledge of content and pedagogy.
  2. Demonstrates knowledge of resources.
  3. Designs coherent, evidence-based interventions.
  4. Establishes favorable conditions for instruction and intervention.
  5. Uses knowledge of communication techniques to foster collaboration and supportive interactions.

Person:

  1. Takes initiative in assuming leadership roles.
  2. Initiates activities that contribute to the profession.
  3. Seeks out opportunities for professional development and growth.
  4. Actively participates in professional events and projects.
  5. Challenges negative attitudes and practices; is proactive in serving clients/students/colleagues.
  6. Assists and supports fellow professionals.

Admission Requirements

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a major in education, psychology, sociology, anthropology, or related social science field (equivalent to the training necessary for a teacher certificate) or the equivalent in training or experience. Candidates ordinarily are or have been certified teachers. In order to encourage the participation of individuals from under-represented groups and other students, alternatives to the established admission procedure may be determined by the chair and faculty.
  • An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.75.
  • A completed application.
  • A written statement indicating personal interests, goals, and expectations from the degree program.
  • Two letters of recommendation with recommendation cover sheet from persons who are able to assess the applicant’s ability to succeed with graduate studies.
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score.

Course Requirements

Foundations of Education ED 500
or Multicultural Education ED 453
Research Methods ED 502
Qualitative Research Methods ED 529
Tests and Measurements ED 530
Developmental Psychology ED 532
Introductory Statistics ED 533
Learning/Teaching ED 534

Three electives from:
Exceptional Learner ED 419
Theories of Personality ED 451
Classroom Organization and Behavior Management ED 524
Counseling Theories CG 561
Counseling Techniques CG 562


Financial Assistance

  • Tuition scholarships are available to all licensed teachers. The scholarship will reduce tuition for graduate courses by 33%.
  • A limited number of graduate assistantships are available. Graduate assistants are given a tuition waiver for up to 18 credit hours per year plus a stipend. Students are expected to spend 10-20 hours per week working for the department. Graduate assistants aid professors with courses and research.
  • The University’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid offers assistance on student loans.