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

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Develop Expertise in Research and Evaluation Strategies

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]

 Emphasis in Educational Research and Program Evaluation

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
ED REM 6710
Educational Research Methods and Design
ED REM 6730
Educational Program Evaluation
Emphasis Area
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
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
EDUC 6998
Thesis Research 2
Total Hours30

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


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

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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...