Master of Science - Educational Psychology
The Master of Science in Educational Psychology is appropriate for students seeking the core knowledge, research tools, and educational experiences necessary to succeed in various educational settings. This program is appropriate for elementary, secondary, and special education teachers who wish to enhance classroom skills; students interested in pursuing advanced studies in educational psychology; students interested in obtaining a specialist degree in school psychology; as well as students who plan to apply their skills in government or business settings. Students' individualized programs are tailored with attention to their area of specialization.
Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
- Understand and be able to analyze key theories related to learning, cognition, and development.
- Critically evaluate research studies based on each study’s methodology, literature support, and significance.
- Develop plans for test construction, item and test specification, item writing and selection, test preparation and administration, test and item analysis, item and test revision to enhance reliability and validity, and various methods for validating tests, such as factor analysis, item response theory, and current issues in measurement.
- Serve as scholars who can critique and evaluate reports of research studies, and use skills base learned through their educational psychology coursework in their chosen career.
- Understand and be able to analyze key theories related to the selected specialty or elective courses.
- Understand how to implement evidence-based intervention strategies and/or design and modify learning environments to promote more effective learning.
- Develop a professional identity consistent with the specialty or elective courses, contribute to the community through their chosen career, and understand aspects of ethical and professional functioning in the chosen domain.
- Educational assessment coordinator
- Educational psychologists
- Program evaluators
- Community college faculty
- Human resource education specialist
- Research analyst for school districts, human services agencies, hospitals, businesses, etc.