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COUNSELING, EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP, EDUCATIONAL AND SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY (CLES)

Masters' Of Education In Educational Psychology

Overview

Psychologists have five general areas in which they may focus their expertise, (1) human learning and memory, (2) human cognition (thinking) and problem solving,  (3) human development, (4) measurement and evaluation of human learning and (5) measurement and evaluation of programs that are intended to increase human, learning, memory, thinking or problem solving.

Many students earning a master’s degree in in Educational Psychology will continue on to obtain a School Psychology Specialist degree. Others will pursue a career with their Master’s in Educational Psychology degree.

An Educational Psychology Master’s degree has the potential to enhance people's present careers, such as teachers, administrators, counselors, nurses, social workers and trainers. There are also potential career opportunities, such as community  college instructor, instructional  software development, research associate,  business training, hospital training, military training (as non-military personnel), program evaluation, grant writing and data management.


Admission Requirements

When applying for admission to the Master’s in Educational Psychology program, you must submit to the Graduate School:

• a completed graduate school application
• official transcripts with undergraduate GPA for the last 60 hours
• scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing subtests.

After your application and prior transcripts are received, the department will request that you submit the following:

References: The names and addresses of three persons from whom we may request letters of reference.

These individuals must know you professionally or academically and have some basis for commenting on your probable success as an educational psychologist.

Resume: A resume that includes the following parts: 

  • educational background
  • job experience (with dates)r
  • elevant volunteer experiences (with dates)
  • undergraduate/graduate extracurricular activities, and personal interests
  • e-mail address
  • Goals and Research Interests: A one-page statement of your professional goals and research interests.
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Program Outline

The Educational Psychology program has both thesis and non-thesis options.

32-Hour Thesis Program

• 32 semester hours
• Master’s thesis required with oral defense of thesis before a committee
• Students must successfully complete CLES 801, CESP 704, CESP 728, and CESP 820. Students are strongly encouraged to take these courses early in the program.
• Following completion of these four courses, students interested in the thesis option must apply for admission and meet the following criteria: (a) recommendation of the program faculty; (b) a 3.25 GPA for the 12 hours of courses; and (c) successful  performance on a technical writing assessment
• Student must file a plan of study with the Graduate School after 12 hours of enrollment

36-Hour Non-Thesis Program

• 36 semester hours.
• Comprehensive examination to be completed during last semester of enrollment.
• Student must file a plan of study with the Graduate School after 12 hours of enrollment.