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The Master of Science in Psychology in Educational Psychology offers education and training in psychology that is designed to prepare students as scientist-practitioners. The MS in Psychology provides foundational knowledge and facilitates the development of necessary analytical abilities that prepare students for a wide range of professional positions or to pursue doctoral level education in psychology or other related disciplines. The program seeks to deliver its curriculum through an interactive and collaborative learning environment that provides its participants with exceptional learning experiences that are professionally relevant and competency based. Students may require additional coursework in order to meet requirements for any type of licensure or certification.
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (2011) suggests that professional opportunities in psychology will continue to grow steadily over the next decade. The job prospects are projected to be the best for people who possess advanced degrees. Employment will grow as a result of increased demand for psychological services in medical settings, schools, social service agencies, mental health centers, community health centers, consulting firms and private corporations. Individuals with competency in psychology will also be needed to work with aging populations; graduates who possess the skill set required to work with diverse populations will be in demand.
The M.S. in Psychology with an emphasis in Educational Psychology is concerned with all aspects of psychology that are relevant to education in order to facilitate healthy human development and effective teaching and learning. The program exposes students to emerging psychological research and theory preparing them for a broad range of professional positions in education, government, industry, or as community college faculty.
Core Coursework (15 hours)
PSYC 5301 -- Introduction to Graduate Learning in Psychology
PSYC 5320 -- Advanced Psychological Research Methods
PSYC 6380 -- Advanced Biopsychology
PSYC 6350 -- Advanced Quantitative Methods
PSYC 6355 -- Advanced Inferential Statistics
Concentration Coursework (15 or 18 hours)
PSYC 5318 -- Psychology of Learning
PSYC 5319 -- Advanced Educational Psychology
PSYC 6320 -- Developmental Issues and Instruction
Select 6 hours from the following (9 hours if electing the non-thesis option)
PSYC 5321 -- Behavior Modification & Theory
PSYC 5322 -- Media and Technology in Education
PSYC 5323 -- Psychology of Problem Solving and Creativity
PSYC 6323 -- Behavioral Disorders and Adjustment
PSYC 6325 -- Standards and Ethics in Educational Psychology
PSYC 6341 -- Psychometric Theory
PSYC 6385 -- Cultural Diversity in Psychology
Culminating Experience (3 or 9 hours)
Select one of the following options
PSYC 63CE -- Comprehensive Exam or
PSYC 63TP -- Master’s Thesis Proposal and PSYC 63TR -- Master’s Thesis Research
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