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Educational Psychology - M.A., M.Ed. and Ph.D. PDFDownload to print

College of Education, Health and Human Services
School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences

405 White Hall
Tel: 330-672-2294


The Master of Arts and the Master of Education in Educational Psychology provide advanced study in the psychological aspects of human learning and development. Students acquire a broad, basic knowledge of educational psychology and learning theories. The program is appropriate for classroom teachers, professionals in a variety of settings and students wishing to pursue doctoral-level training in educational psychology.

The Ph.D. in Educational Psychology provides for advanced study into the principles of human learning. Under the more general rubric of Educational Psychology, students can choose a concentration in Instructional Technology, which consists of coursework that examines how to most effectively use information and communications technologies for instructional proposes. Graduates are qualified to teach at the university level and are also prepared for professional leadership in a variety of settings.

Admission Requirements

Official transcript(s), goal statement and two letters of recommendation. Admission into the Ph.D. program also requires GRE (combined score of 300 or greater on Verbal and Quantitative, 4.0 Analytical Writing), resume and interview.

Please refer to the university policy for graduate admission.

Graduation Requirements

The M.Ed. degree requires a minimum of 33 semester hours of graduate coursework. The M.A. degree requires a minimum of 39 semester hours, including 6 hours of thesis credit. These degrees must include at least 16 semester hours at the 60000 level or above. The major must consist of 18 or more semester hours in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services. Students have six years from the term of first enrollment to complete the program.

Ph.D: After admission to the Ph.D. degree program, students plan a program of study with their faculty advisory committee, headed by their advisor. Students take at least 45 credit hours of coursework. Students’ programs may include at least one appropriate graduate-level minor or cognate, as well as the major.

  • Educational Psychology
  • Instruction Technology concentration
Course Title Credits
EPSY 70094 College Teaching 3
  75524 Learning Theories* 3
  80090 Doctoral Residency  3
  80199 Dissertation I*** 30
  87450 Psychological Principles of Education** 3
EVAL 75510 Statistics I for Educational Services* 3
  78716 Educational Statistics II 3
  85515 Quantitative Research Designs and Applications for Educational Services 3
  85516 Qualitative Research Designs and Applications for Educational Services 3

Advanced Quantitative Research for Educational Services
Advanced Qualtitative Research for Educational Services 
ITEC 77403

Instructional Design*
Designing Online Courses*
  87450 Learning with Instructional Technologies** 3
Additional Major Requirements
Students declaring the Instructional Technology concentration should instead take the electives listed below under the concentration requirements.
Choose from the following: 12
 EPSY 75520 Child and Adolescent Development (3)  
  75521  Adult Development (3)  
  75523 Life Span Development (3)  
  75529 Educational Motivation (3)  
  78901 Psychological foundations of Education (3)  
  78905 Educational Psychology (3)  
  89095 Special Topics in Learning and Development (1-3)  
  89096 Individual Investigation in Learning and Development (1-3)  
  89098 Research in Learning and Development (1-15)  
PSYC 70413 Cognitive Neuropsychology (3)  
  70604 Cognitive Development (3)  
  71350 Physiological Psychology (3)  
  Other electives as approved by the committee  

* If not taken during master's work.

**Taken together as early as possible, preferably in the first year of doctoral work.

*** Each doctoral candidate, upon admission to candidacy, must register for EPSY 80199 Dissertation I for a total of 30 hours. It is expected that a doctoral candidate will continuously register for Dissertation I, and thereafter EPSY 80299 Dissertation II, each semester, including summer, until all requirements for the degree have been met.


Instructional Technology concentration

Course Title Credits
Choose from the following: 12
ITEC 77413 Digital Video in Education (3)  
  77410 Simulation-Games in Education (3)  
  77411 Designing Visuals for Instruction (3)   
  77417 Advanced Instructional Design (3)   
  77420 Researching Current Issues in Instructional Technology (3)   
  77425 Managing Technological Changes (3)   
  77432 Designing Multimedia for Instruction (3)  
  77434 Emerging Technologies (3)  
  77435 Virtual Reality (3)   
  77436 Distance Education (3)  
  77437 Web Development for Educators (3)  
  77438 Instructional Applications of the Internet (3)  
  77442 Designing Online Courses (3)  
  77444 Teaching Online Courses (3)  
  77449 Research in Online Learning (3)  
  77491 Seminar: Educational Media (1-4)   
  77492 Advanced Practicum and Internship in Instructional Technology (1-10)  
  77496 Individual Investigation in Instructional Technology (1-5)  
  77498 Independent Research in Instructional Technology (1-5)  
  Other electives as approved by the committee  

Note: If specific courses were taken at the master's level, then the committee should substitute others to bring the total credit hours up to a minimum of 45. The Advisory Phase Committee may require more course work beyond 45 hours.