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    Oct 03, 2023  
2011-2012 Graduate Catalog 
2011-2012 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Psychology, MS

Degree programs in educational psychology focus on physical, cognitive and social-emotional growth and change across the lifespan with regard to developmental norms; investigation of interpersonal relationships both inside and outside the many varieties of the family unit; application of knowledge regarding human development in the educational environment; research, measurement, statistics and program evaluations; and assessment of individuals in educational environment.

Faculty in educational psychology work collaboratively toward high-quality intervention-based research that focuses on educational, developmental and social effectiveness outcomes. Four pillars provide focus, structure, fidelity and integrity to this central research theme: evaluating the implementation and effectiveness of interventions; targeting exceptional and at-risk populations; applying rigorous scientifically-based research methods; and capitalizing on collaboration and collegiality to achieve synergy and maximum benefits from the collective experience and efforts of faculty and staff.

Admission Process/Requirements for Master’s Degrees

The Department of Educational Psychology application includes a two-step process: the graduate school application and the departmental application.

Step 1: University Graduate School Application

Apply through the Toulouse Graduate School at Submit application fee and official transcripts from all schools attended to their office. If the minimum GPA requirements are met, the packet will be forwarded to the department for review. You must meet the admission requirements of the Toulouse Graduate School, including a minimum 3.4 GPA on a master’s degree work (if applying with a master’s degree), 2.8 on bachelor’s (if applying without a master’s degree), or (alternatively) GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 credit hours you took if applying with a bachelor’s degree.

Step 2: Departmental Admissions Process/Requirements

  1. Submission of official GRE scores is required: verbal, quantitative and analytical writing. The department views high GRE scores as positive indicators of potential success in the programs; however, low GRE scores do not exclude a candidate who shows positive indicators in other areas. GRE scores must be sent electronically from ETS, institutional code 6481.
  2. At least two written letters of recommendation from individuals who can give evidence of the candidate’s reading, critical thinking, writing and mathematical skills. These letters can be sent from the reference, signed and on letterhead.
  3. Resume or vita that includes the candidate’s previous work and/or educational experiences.
  4. A personal statement (1–3 pages) is required, stating your goals and rationale for applying to the desired degree concentration. In this statement, please make sure to include a brief description of your job experiences. For example, if you have teaching experience, or if you have experience working with special populations, please summarize these experiences, and explain how they are linked to your educational aspirations. Also, if you have any research and/or evaluation experiences, please summarize them and link to your current degree application.

Note: Educational Diagnostician Concentration also requires a copy of your teaching certificate.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science with a major in educational psychology requires 36 hours of graduate course work.

Concentration (18 hours):

Select one of the following:

Learning and Cognition:

School Psychology:


  • (15 hours)
  • (EPSY 6900 must be taken five times, once each when taught as “Cognitive and Achievement Assessment,” “Social–Emotional and Behavioral Assessment,” “Behavioral Problems in Children and Adolescents,” “Consultation and Collaboration,” and “Foundations of Bilingual School Psychology.”)

Electives (6 hours):

selected in consultation with advisor

Capstone Experience (3 hours):