MEd: Educational Psychology /
Character and Citizenship Education
Master of Education in Educational Psychology, emphasis in Character and Citizenship Education

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Improve the Culture of Schools through Character and Citizenship Education

The M.Ed. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Character and Citizenship Education degree focuses on research, education, and advocacy that supports the development of character, democratic citizenship and civil society. Our M. Ed. in Educational Psychology with an Emphasis in Character and Citizenship degree is taught by internationally recognized scholars in the areas of Character and Citizenship Education. The M. Ed. in Educational Psychology imparts the academic knowledge and practical experience needed to understand child and adolescent development and have a profound impact in students’ lives. Our program provides a high-impact, high-demand professional degree for those who are looking to generate a stronger competitive edge and perform better in their careers.

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Master of Education (MEd)

Program Coordinator:

Marvin Berkowitz

G12 Marillac Hall (MH)
p: (314) 516-7521

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]

Emphasis in Character and Citizenship Education 

Educational Foundations3
ED PSY 6111
Psychology Of Education
Learning and Cognition3
Choose one of the following:
ED PSY 6030
Instruction, Learning And Assessment
ED PSY 6310
Psychology Of Learning Processes
Human Development3
ED PSY 6222
Advanced Studies in Child and Adolescent Development
Research Methods6
Choose one of the following two course blocks:
ED REM 6735
Statistical Analysis For Education Research
ED REM 6750
Advanced Research Design In Education
ED REM 6710
Educational Research Methods and Design
ED REM 6730
Educational Program Evaluation
Emphasis Area
ED PSY 6217
Foundations Of Citizenship Education
ED PSY 6445
Character Education And Development
Choose one of the following:3
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 6225
The Psychology Of Adolescence
Choose one or two of the following:6
ED PSY 6417
Current Perspectives On Citizenship Education
ED PSY 6450
Advanced Methods In Character Education
ED PSY 6497
ED REM 6730
Educational Program Evaluation
ED REM 6732
Advanced Theory And Practice In Educational Program Evaluation
Capstone Experience3
Choose one of the following:
ED PSY 6990
ED REM 6732
Advanced Theory And Practice In Educational Program Evaluation
ED REM 6990
EDUC 6998
Thesis Research 1
Total Hours33

Candidates choosing the Thesis Capstone Experience will have 12 hours in the Emphasis Area 

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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...
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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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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...