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Understand and Apply Educational Psychology Theory and Research

The Master’s of Education in Educational Psychology (M. Ed.) is a versatile degree program that provides graduates with the knowledge and practical skills needed to improve learning and behavior in a variety of settings. The M. Ed. in Educational Psychology degree is not associated with any particular career, rather it is intended to enhance performance and facilitate career advancement in educational, community-based, or non-profit agencies. The educational, psychological, and research/evaluation components of the required core make this an ideal degree for anyone who may be interested in pursuing an additional advanced degree in education, psychology, or related area. A unique feature of the degree is the ability to satisfy the elective requirements with any combination of courses in Educational Psychology (Ed Psy), Educational Research and Evaluation Methods (Ed Rem), Educational Technology (Ed Tech) courses, and/or up to six hours from any curricular designation. This flexibility allows candidates to tailor the degree to meet individual interests and goals.

For additional information regarding admission and degree requirements, please see the REQUIREMENTS tab below.

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

Degree Program

A minimum of 30 credit hours is required. All degree options consist of 15 hours of educational and psychological foundations, 9-12 hours of electives or emphasis area courses, and a 3- to 6-hour capstone experience consisting of a field experience, an exit course, or thesis research. The M.Ed. in Educational Psychology is a versatile degree designed to enhance one’s current career in an educational or community agency setting or to prepare graduates for the pursuit of another advanced degree

Application Requirements

  1. Graduate School Application
  2. Official transcripts from all universities attended
    1. Earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a 3.0 overall GPA.
    2. Applicants with GPA’s below 3.0 may be considered for restricted admission, which requires completion of 12 graduate semester hours with a 3.0 graduate GPA to continue in the program.
  3. Letters of Recommendation
    1. Submit two letters of recommendation with the online Graduate Application
  4. Entrance Examinations
    1. There are no entrance exams for domestic students.
    2. International students are required to document English proficiency by providing scores from an internationally accepted standardized examination before a decision is made on admission.
  5. Supplemental Materials – upload directly into the application:
    1. A written statement describing your professional goals
    2. Additional materials (e.g. curriculum vita, publications, etc.)

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 is a flexible degree that allows candidates to tailor the program curriculum to meet individual interests and career goals. The degree is not associated with any particular position or career; rather it is intended to enhance current performance in a variety of educational and community-based settings and roles, to facilitate advancement within one's current position, and to prepare candidates for other advanced degrees in education or psychology. The M.Ed. in Educational Psychology degree consists of 30 hours of graduate coursework in the following areas:

A. Foundations (15 hours)

B. Electives (12 hours)

C. Capstone Experience (3 hours)

The foundations courses consist of 6 hours of study regarding the educational and psychological foundations, 3 hours of human development, and 6 hours of educational research and evaluation methods. The specific courses chosen within each category, the electives, and capstone experience will vary according to the candidate’s interests.

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, a statement of purpose, and a curriculum vitae.

Curriculum (30 hours)

Educational and Psychological 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
Educational Research and Evaluation Methods6
Choose two of the following:
ED REM 6710
Educational Research Methods and Design
ED REM 6718
Psychoeducational Assessment and Intervention 1
ED REM 6730
Educational Program Development and Evaluation
ED REM 6735
Statistical Analysis for Education Research
ED REM 6750
Advanced Research Design In Education
12 Hours of graduate-level courses in any combination of the following curricular areas: 2
Educational Psychology (ED PSY)
Educational Research and Evaluation Methods (ED REM)
Educational Technology (ED TECH)
Other curricular areas (with consent of advisor, maximum of 6 hours) 3
Capstone Experience3
Choose one of the following:
ED PSY 6590
School Psychology Practicum I 1
ED REM 6719
Advanced Psychoeducational Assessment and Intervention 1
ED REM 6732
Advanced Educational Program Development and Evaluation
ED PSY 6990
EDUC 6998
Thesis Research 2
Total Hours30
Admission to School Psychology Program required.

Candidates choosing Thesis Research will have 9 hours of Electives and 6 hours for the Capstone.


Up to 6 hours from other disciplines may be chosen in consultation with an advisor.

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Donald A. Gouwens, Psy.D.
Associate Clinical Professor

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...