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in Educational Psychology


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 Educational Psychology will continue on to obtain a School Psychology Specialist degree. Others will pursue a career with their Masters 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. Also, there are other 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.

Degree Programs

Wichita State University's M.Ed. in Educational Psychology includes customizable tracks:

  1. Learning and Memory
  2. Behavioral Management and Motivation
  3. Diversity and Advocacy
  4. Professional Development
  5. Institutional and Industrial Consultation
  6. Social Psychology and Leadership Skills
  7. School Psychology Foundations
  8. Doctoral Foundations
  9. Personal Customization
Customizable delivery includes online, face-to-face, and hybrid (combination of online and face-to-face).

Degree Requirements

The M. Ed in Educational Psychology has both thesis and non-thesis options.

JPEG Image 32-Hour Thesis Program

  • 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
JPEG Image 33-Hour Non-Thesis Program
  • Comprehensive examination to be completed during last semester of enrollment.

Admission Requirements

When applying for admission to the M.Ed. in Educational Psychology program, you must submit to the Graduate School:

The GRE may not be required depending on your evidence of academic competence.See the next section for different types of evidence that are acceptable.

Evidence of academic competence can be provided in one of the following ways:

  1. GPA of 3.00 or higher for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work,
  2. or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores of 150 or higher for each GRE subsection (Verbal and Quantitative), and a GRE score of 4.0 or higher for the Analytical Writing subtest,
  3. or The Miller’s Analogy Test equal to the national mean at the time of taking the test (400).

Once the Graduate School forwards the application to the Department, it will request:

  • The names and addresses of three (3) 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.
  • A resumé including:
    - educational background
    - job experience (with dates)
    - relevant volunteer experiences (with dates)
    - undergraduate/graduaet extracurricular activities, and personal interests
    - e-mail address
  • One-page statement of your professional goals and reserach interets

Upon receipt of this information, the departmental screening committee will make recommendations concerning admission decisions for the master's program in educational psychology.

Application Process
You can view the progress of your admission status by visiting wichita.edu/onestop and click on Track My Progress. For information on how you will be notified of your admission decision, please click here.

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