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MEd: Educational Psychology
General Degree Requirements

Understand and Apply Educational Psychology Theory and Research

The Master of Education in Educational Psychology (M. Ed.) is a versatile degree program that will provide graduates with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to improve learning and behavior in a variety of educational, community, and university settings. An M. Ed. in Educational Psychology degree will facilitate career advancement in educational, community-based, or non-profit agencies and is ideal for anyone who is interested in pursuing a specialist or doctoral degree in education or psychology. The ability to tailor a wide range of combinations of Educational Psychology (Ed Psy) or Educational Research and Evaluation Methods (Ed Rem) courses to meet individual goals when satisfying the elective requirements is a unique feature of the degree. The M. Ed. in Educational Psychology offers two optional emphasis areas, one in Character and Citizenship Education, and the other in Educational Research and Program Evaluation. These options are described separately.

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Master of Education (MEd)

Contact Advisor:

Donald Gouwens

459a Marillac Hall (MH)
p: (314) 516-4773

Deadlines to Apply:
Fall - July 1
Spring - December 1
Summer - May 1
Admission Requirements
  • A completed baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • An overall grade point average of 3.0 is recommended
  • Completed UMSL Graduate School Application Form
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • A one-page statement of professional goals
  • Two letters of recommendation
Degree Requirements

33 graduate credit hours comprised of:

  • 15 hours of foundational courses in education, psychological development, and research methods
  • 15 hours of concentrated electives in Educational Research and Evaluation Methods courses
  • 3 hour capstone experience [internship or thesis]

The Department of Education Sciences and Professional Programs provides training in the theory, research, and practice of the psychological mechanisms underlying teaching, learning, and human development of students as well as the related school processes and structures. The department also specializes in educational research, psychoeducational assessment, and school psychology.

The M.Ed. in Educational Psychology degree offers training in the theoretical principles, research, and practices of educational psychology. The degree is intended to facilitate career advancement within educational and community-based settings and to prepare candidates to pursue other advanced degrees in education or psychology. The M.Ed. in Educational Psychology degree consists of 33 hours of graduate coursework in the following areas:

A. Foundations (15 hours)

B. Electives (12-15 hours)

C. Capstone Experience (3-6 hours)

The foundations courses consist of 3 hours of study regarding the educational and psychological foundations of educational psychology, 3 hours of learning and cognition, 3 hours of human development, and 6 hours of statistics, research design, and/or program evaluation. The specific courses chosen for the electives and capstone experience will vary according to the candidate’s interests and the emphasis area, if any, that is chosen.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions requirements include an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher, a completed UMSL Graduate School Application Form, official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, and two letters of recommendation.

Curriculum (33 hours)

Foundations
Educational Psychology Foundations6
Choose two of the following:
ED PSY 6030
Instruction, Learning and Assessment
ED PSY 6111
Educational Psychology
ED PSY 6530
Foundations of School Psychology 1
Human Development3
Choose one of the following:
ED PSY 6210
Life-Span: Individual and Family Development
ED PSY 6215
Psychology of Early Childhood Development
ED PSY 6222
Advanced Studies in Child and Adolescent Development
ED PSY 6226
Mental Health and Development of Children and Youth
Research Methods6
ED REM 6735
& ED REM 6750
Statistical Analysis for Education Research
and Advanced Research Design in Education
or
ED REM 6710
& ED REM 6730
Educational Research Methods and Design
and Educational Program Development and Evaluation
Electives12-15
12-15 Hours of graduate-level courses from any combination of the following curricular areas 2,3
Educational Psychology (ED PSY)
Educational Research and Evaluation Methods (ED REM)
Educational Technology (ED TECH)
Capstone Experience3-6
Choose one or two of the following:
ED PSY 6590
School Psychology Practicum I 1
ED REM 6732
Advanced Educational Program Development and Evaluation
ED PSY 6990
Internship
EDUC 6998
Thesis Research 2
Total Hours33
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Donald A. Gouwens, Psy.D.
Department Chair

Dr. Gouwens has served as Department Chair since 2012 and Program Coordinator for the UMSL School Psychology Program since 2001. He is a certified School Psychologist and Licensed Psychologist in Missouri, a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, and is listed in the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. As a clinical faculty member, Dr....
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Wolfgang Althof, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus

Wolfgang Althof was the Teresa M. Fischer Professor of Citizenship Education and served as the Executive Director of the Citizenship Education Clearing House (CECH) at the College of Education and the Co-Director (with Marvin W. Berkowitz) of the Center for Character and Citizenship from 2005-2016. Prior to coming to UM-St. Louis he was at the Department of Education, Univ...
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Marvin W. Berkowitz, Ph.D.
Sanford N. McDonnell Endowed Professor in Character Education

Dr. Marvin W. Berkowitz is the inaugural Sanford N. McDonnell Endowed Professor of Character Education, and Co-Director of the Center for Character and Citizenship at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and University of Missouri President’s Thomas Jefferson Professor. He has also served as the inaugural Ambassador H.H. Coors Professor of Character Development at t...