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2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Educational Psychology


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Main Office
Matthews Hall, Room 316

Mailing address:
1155 Union Circle, #311335
Denton, TX 76203-5017
940-565-2093
Fax: 940-565-2185

Web site: www.coe.unt.edu/educational-psychology

Abbas Tashakkori, Chair

Faculty 

Programs of Study

The Department of Educational Psychology offers undergraduate programs in the following areas:

The department offers a minor in development and family studies .

Several research centers are affiliated with the educational psychology department:

The Center for Parent Education meets the needs of students, professionals and families through training, resources and research. Research and projects are carried out by faculty and students in the Department of Educational Psychology in collaboration with other university faculty who have an interest and expertise in parent education and family support.

The UNT Institute for Behavioral and Learning Differences (UNT-IBLD) was created in 1993 for the advancement of research and educational issues and techniques related to individuals with unique behavioral and learning characteristics. The UNT-IBLD vision includes not only those individuals who are not keeping pace with their peer group, but also those who are advanced beyond normal expectations. The goals of the UNT-IBLD include: advancing the understanding of behavioral and learning differences, developing liaisons with public and private facilities, effecting in-service development of regular education faculty, focusing on transitional strategies for community, work and post-secondary education, developing technological innovations for enhancing educational and life opportunities and serving as a resource for professionals, parents, schools, and community and state agencies.

Development and Family Studies

Web site: www.coe.unt.edu/educational-psychology

Development and family studies provides students a program of study and career opportunities in a selected emphasis area focusing on foundations in developmental and/or family studies. Emphasis areas include family and community, human development and research, and intervention and administration.

A graduate completing required courses in family and community may file a short application and be approved as a provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) through the National Council on Family Relations Academic Program review process. A student completing required courses in intervention and administration may pursue credentialing as an Early Intervention Specialist Professional with the Texas Interagency Council on Early Childhood Intervention.

Degree/Teacher Certification Plan

The Human Development and Family Studies secondary teaching certificate is a specialized certificate encompassing a subset of content area standards (1, 2 and 3) from the composite certificate and credentialing to teach a corresponding subset of the discipline’s courses.

The Family and Consumer Sciences secondary teaching certificate is a composite certificate with content area standards encompassing competencies from the full breadth of the discipline (content area standards 1–8) and credentialing to teach the full range of the discipline’s courses.

The degree/teacher certification plan is the official document outlining the student’s course of study. The student is responsible for initiating the degree/teacher certification plan process and should do so as soon as possible after being formally enrolled at the university.

Advising should be sought in the Student Advising Office. The student, with advisement, makes decisions relating to the program of study. The degree/teacher certification plan is subsequently prepared in the College of Education Student Advising Office in Matthews Hall, Room 105. Degree/teacher certification plan processing takes four to six weeks. Students must make an appointment to review completed degree/teacher certification plans in Matthews Hall, Room 105.

Scholarships

The program offers several scholarships designated specifically for students majoring in development and family studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Applications are available in Matthews Hall, Room 304. Deadlines for application vary slightly with each academic year, but generally occur in early February, with awards generally being announced in late spring. Check with the department office, Matthews Hall, Room 313, for additional scholarship information.

Educational Psychology

Web site: www.coe.unt.edu/educational-psychology

Courses in educational psychology are offered only at the graduate level. See the Graduate Catalog for additional information.

Special Education

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Special Education certification is available in conjunction with the Bachelor of Science with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies with EC–6 and 4–8 certification. See the Bachelor of Science with a major in interdisciplinary studies  (offered by the Department of Teacher Education and Administration) for specific details.

Courses in special education leading to teacher certification credentials are also offered at the graduate level. See the Graduate Catalog for additional information.

Scholarships

The Danny Miles Scholarship is awarded bi-annually to a student seeking teacher certification in special education. Applicants must exhibit a desire to work with exceptional youth in a community setting. Applications should be made through the Special Education program.

In some field experiences, work-study programs also are available.

Degree Plan

All students should have an approved degree plan on file in the College of Education Student Advising Office, Matthews Hall, Room 105, as early as possible, but not later than the beginning of the final 30 hours of courses. A degree plan worksheet is completed by the student’s faculty advisor and the student. The worksheet is signed by the department chair and submitted to the College of Education Student Advising Office, where the official degree audit is completed for the student.

Graduate Programs

The Department of Educational Psychology offers a comprehensive curriculum for teacher training, career investigation, administrator preparation, and training and development through the following programs of study:

  • Master of Science with a major in educational psychology
  • Doctor of Philosophy with a major in educational research
  • Master of Science with a major in school psychology
  • Master of Education with a major in special education
  • Doctor of Philosophy with a major in special education

Concentrations available under the Master of Education with a major in special education are autism, educational diagnostician, emotional/behavioral disorders, and mild/moderate disabilities.

Concentrations available under the Master of Science with a major in educational psychology are development and family studies; family studies; gifted and talented; human development; learning and cognition; research, measurement and evaluation; and school psychology.

Concentrations available under the Doctor of Philosophy with a major in education research are human development and family studies, and research measurement and statistics.

Students interested in graduate studies should consult the Graduate Catalog.

Graduate Academic Certificates

The department offers the following graduate academic certificates: alternative certification in special education; autism intervention; behavioral specialist; family, school and community involvement; gifted and talented education; parent education; specialist in re-integration of students with traumatic brain injury; teaching children and youth with mild to moderate disabilities; teaching and learning specialist for inclusion settings; and transition specialist in emotional/behavioral disorders.

For further information on certification, consult the Graduate Catalog.

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