MEd: Educational Psychology /
Research and Program Evaluation
Master of Education in Educational Psychology, emphasis in Research and Program Evaluation

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The M. Ed. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Educational Research and Program Evaluation degree provides in-depth study into the psychological foundations of education while developing expertise in evaluation strategies to assess program effectiveness, facilitate sound, data-driven decisions, and inform evidence-based policy. The program curriculum is designed to provide a combination of academic knowledge and practical experiences that will have a profound impact on candidates’ educational and professional lives. Our program provides a high-impact, high-demand 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)

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 requirements below detail multiple emphases in this program. Keywords have been highlighted to draw your attention to this particular emphasis.

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

 Emphasis in Educational Research and Program Evaluation

Foundations
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
Choose one of the following:
ED PSY 6210
Life-Span: Individual and Family Development (Choose one of the following:)
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 of 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
Emphasis Area
Required6
ED REM 6730
Educational Program Evaluation
ED REM 6732
Advanced Theory And Practice In Educational Program Evaluation
Choose three to five of the following: 19
ED PSY 6030
Instruction, Learning And Assessment
ED REM 6497
Problems
ED REM 6707
Classroom Measurement And Evaluation
ED REM 6716
Academic Assessment and Intervention
ED REM 6750
Advanced Research Design In Education
TCH ED 6909
Teacher Action Research I
TCH ED 6910
Teacher Action Research Capstone
Capstone Experience
Choose one or two of the following:
ED REM 6732
Advanced Theory And Practice In Educational Program Evaluation
ED REM 6990
Internship
EDUC 6998
Thesis Research 2
Total Hours30
1

Emphasis Area courses will vary when ED REM 6730 and ED REM 6732 are used to fulfill other degree requirements.

2

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

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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 o...