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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]

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

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, and two letters of recommendation.

Curriculum (30 hours)

Foundations
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 6735
Statistical Analysis for Education Research
ED REM 6710
Educational Research Methods and Design
ED REM 6750
Advanced Research Design in Education
ED REM 6730
Educational Program Development and Evaluation
ED REM 6719
Advanced Psychoeducational Assessment and Intervention 1
Electives12
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 6732
Advanced Educational Program Development and Evaluation
ED PSY 6990
Internship
EDUC 6998
Thesis Research 2
Total Hours30
Foundations
Educational Psychology Foundations6
ED PSY 6030
Instruction, Learning and Assessment
ED PSY 6111
Educational Psychology
Human Development3
ED PSY 6222
Advanced Studies in Child and Adolescent Development
Research Methods6
Choose one of the following two course bloks:
ED REM 6735
& ED REM 6750
Statistical Analysis for Education Research
and Advanced Research Design in Education
or ED REM 6710
& ED REM 6730
Educational Research Methods and Design
and Educational Program Development and Evaluation
Emphasis Area12-15
Required
ED PSY 6217
Foundations of Citizenship Education
ED PSY 6445
Character Education and Development
Choose one of the following:
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 6226
Mental Health and Development of Children and Youth
Choose one (or two) of the following: 1
ED PSY 6417
Current Perspectives on Citizenship Education
ED PSY 6450
Advanced Methods in Character Education
ED PSY 6497
Problems
ED REM 6730
Educational Program Development and Evaluation
ED REM 6732
Advanced Educational Program Development and Evaluation
Capstone Experience3-6
Choose one of the following:
EDUC 6998
Thesis Research 1
ED PSY 6990
Internship
ED REM 6732
Advanced Educational Program Development and Evaluation
Total Hours33
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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 the inaugural Ambassador H.H. Coors Professor of Character Development at t...
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Wolfgang Althof, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus

Wolfgang Althof was the Teresa M. Fischer Professor of Citizenship Education and served 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 from 2005-2016. Prior to coming to UM-St. Louis he was at the Department of Education, Univ...
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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 of Health Service Psychologists. As a clinical faculty member, Dr....