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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 master's degree from an accredited institution, recommended graduate GPA of 3.50, GRE with recommended scores at the 50th percentile or higher, resume and interview.

For more information about graduate admission, please visit the Graduate Studies website.

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.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the M.Ed. and M.A programs will be able to:

  1. Describe the various schools of learning theory that have informed educators.
  2. Conduct literature reviews and design empirical research to examine issues associated with how individuals learn.
  3. Apply principles of human development and learning when developing and selecting educational approaches.
  4. Identify best practices for maximizing student learning.
  5. Systematically design effective instructional programs to meet the academic needs of learners.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of theories and principles of learner motivation.
  7. Describe social learning principles and their application to instructional practice.
  8. Evaluate teaching and learning practices with a variety of types of assessments.
  9. Competently evaluate educational programs and approaches.

Graduates of the Ph.D. program will be able to:

  1. Apply theories and principles of learning to the development of instructional activities.
  2. Apply the principles of social learning to the design of instructional materials and units.
  3. Systematically design effective instructional programs to meet the individual needs of learners.
  4. Use technology applications for effective teaching.
  5.  Locate, read and interpret professional literature about technology in education, including empirically derived, scientifically-based research studies and evaluation reports.
  6. Evaluate teaching and learning practices with a wide variety of assessment tools and techniques.
  7. Conduct literature reviews and design empirical research to examine issues in associated with the use of technology in the learning process.