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Master of Education in Educational Psychology

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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]

Master of Education in Educational Psychology

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.

Emphasis Areas

When completing the basic degree requirements for the M.Ed. in Educational Psychology, candidates may choose one of two optional emphasis areas: (1) Character and Citizenship Education or (2) Educational Research and Program Evaluation. These emphasis areas are created via completion of specified lists of courses from which to choose rather than 15 hours in free electives.

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 Foundations3
Choose one of the following:
ED PSY 6111
Psychology Of Education
ED PSY 6530
Foundations Of School Psychology
Learning and Cognition3
Choose one of the following:
ED PSY 6030
Instruction, Learning And Assessment
ED PSY 6310
Psychology Of Learning Processes
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 6225
The Psychology Of Adolescence
Research Methods6
Choose one the following two course blocks:
ED REM 6735
Statistical Analysis For Education Research
ED REM 6750
Advanced Research Design In Education
or
ED REM 6710
Educational Research Methods and Design
ED REM 6730
Educational Program Evaluation
Electives15
Choose four or five of the following: 1
ED PSY 6030
Instruction, Learning And Assessment
ED PSY 6111
Psychology Of Education
ED PSY 6113
Psychopathology And Diagnosis
ED PSY 6115
Personality And Social Development
ED PSY 6210
Life-Span: Individual and Family Development
ED PSY 6215
Psychology Of Early Childhood Development
ED PSY 6217
Foundations Of Citizenship Education
ED PSY 6222
Advanced Studies in Child and Adolescent Development
ED PSY 6225
The Psychology Of Adolescence
ED PSY 6417
Current Perspectives On Citizenship Education
ED PSY 6445
Character Education And Development
ED PSY 6448
Technology-Supported Inquiry Learning
ED PSY 6450
Advanced Methods In Character Education
ED PSY 6497
Problems
ED PSY 6530
Foundations Of School Psychology
ED PSY 6532
Psychoeducational Differences
ED PSY 6536
Biological Bases Of Behavior
ED PSY 6540
Psychoeducational Interventions
ED PSY 6542
Social-Emotional and Behavior Interventions
ED PSY 6545
Consultation In Schools And Related Settings
ED PSY 6550
Professional Issues In School Psychology
ED REM 6497
Problems
ED REM 6707
Classroom Measurement And Evaluation
ED REM 6710
Educational Research Methods and Design
ED REM 6716
Academic Assessment and Intervention
ED REM 6718
Psychoeducational Assessment And Intervention
ED REM 6719
Advanced Psychoeducational Assessment and Intervention
ED REM 6730
Educational Program Evaluation
ED REM 6732
Advanced Theory And Practice In Educational Program Evaluation
Capstone Experience3
Choose one or two of the following:
ED PSY 6590
School Psychology Practicum I
ED PSY 6990
Internship
ED REM 6732
Advanced Theory And Practice In Educational Program Evaluation
ED REM 6990
Internship
EDUC 6998
Thesis Research 2
Total Hours33
1
Electives may include up to six hours of 6000-level courses from other Disciplines.
2

Candidates choosing the Thesis Capstone Experience will have 12 hours of Electives

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Donald A. Gouwens, Psy.D.
Chair of the Education Sciences and Professional Programs

Dr. Gouwens earned a Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology degree from Central Michigan University in 1994. 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 Psychologi...
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Wolfgang Althof, Ph.D.
Teresa M. Fischer Endowed Professor in Citizenship Education

Wolfgang Althof is the Teresa M. Fischer Professor of Citizenship Education and serves 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. Prior to coming ...
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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...