MEd in Educational Psychology

  • The Master of Education degree in the Educational Psychology Program (33 to 36 credits) has been designed to give the interested student a broad theoretical and practical background in the areas of education and psychology.

    The program will be of interest to those planning to pursue certification in school psychology after the master’s degree, to those wishing to broaden their understanding of human development and learning, or to those wishing to learn more about educational evaluation and research.

    Admissions Criteria

    Individuals seeking initial admission to any departmental program must complete both a School of Graduate Studies and Research application and a departmental application. After all application materials (including completed application forms, two letters of recommendation, transcripts, and GRE scores for the aptitude portion of the exam only) have been received, the School Psychology Program Committee reviews applications and selects applicants for interviews. Following these interviews, the committee forwards to the School of Graduate Studies and Research recommendations regarding admission into the program. The School of Graduate Studies and Research, in turn, communicates an admission decision to the applicant.

    Admission to the program is based upon an evaluation of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, recommendations, GRE scores, work history, professional goals, and personal characteristics as determined in the admission interview. No one criterion dominates in the admission decision, provided there is evidence of the basic ability to do graduate work.

    Applicants are advised that Pennsylvania has established program admission requirements for those seeking their first certification in the education field. These requirements include a grade-point average of 3.0 based on the most recent 48 credits taken; six credits in math; three credits in English composition and three in English literature; and a passing score on the Praxis I (including reading, writing, and math). Arrangements may be made to take the required English and math credits or examinations while already in the program, if necessary. These procedures apply to all students seeking Pennsylvania certification.

    Program Requirements

    General Requirements

    All students must complete course work in the following areas:

    Professional Development 9 credits
    Humanistic Studies 3 credits
    Behavioral Studies 3 credits
    Subject Area 6 credits
    Research 6 credits
    *Electives 9 credits

    *All electives must be approved by the student’s departmental advisor and may be chosen to enhance the student’s interest in school psychology, human development and learning, or educational evaluation and research.

    Thesis option, 33 credits
    Non-Thesis option, 36 credits

    Professional Development (9 credits)
    EDSP 704 Advanced Educational Psychology 3 cr.
    EDSP 745 Crisis Intervention and Psychological Counseling of Exceptional Children 3 cr.
    EDSP 746 Learning and Instruction 3 cr.

    Humanistic Studies (3 credits)

    PSYC 836 Personality Theory and Systems of Psychotherapy 3 credits


    PSYC 858 Advanced Social Psychology* 3 credits

    Behavioral Studies (3 credits)
    EDSP 748 Advanced Studies in Behavioral Problems 3 credits

    Subject Area (6 credits)
    EDEX 650 Exceptional Children and Youth 3 credits
    EDSP 747 Advanced Psychology of Adolescent Education 3 credits

    Research (6 credits)
    GSR 615 Elements of Research 3 credits
    EDSP 717 Applied Educational Research Methods 3 credits

    Psychology Core Electives - Non Thesis Option (9 credits)
    PSYC 810 Historical Trends in Psychology* 3 credits
    EDSP 755 Practicum I† 3 credits
    ----- Elective (advisor approval) 3 credits

    Thesis Option (6 credits)

    EDSP 795 Thesis

    Total: 33 or 36 credits

    * Recommended for those continuing in school psychology doctoral program

    † Required for those continuing in school psychology certificate or doctoral program.