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Program

Educational Psychology (Developing Learner)

Program Overview

The mission of the educational psychology program is to prepare educators as practitioners and researchers. The focus is on the application of psychological theories, principles and concepts to school and non-school settings. Specifically, the goals include enhancing the students’ abilities to:

  1. Understand educational psychology concepts related to the cognitive, affective, physical and social development of children and adolescents;

  2. Apply educational psychology and principles of learning in school and non-school settings;

  3. Utilize the findings gained from research studies to create programs and environments that foster positive learning;

  4. Design research studies and assessments of student outcomes; and

  5. Understand the multiple dimensions of diversity and their potential impact on development and learning.

This degree has  two concentrations. The Developing Learner concentration, focuses on understanding the individual learner as a whole person: cognitively, emotionally, and socially. The Research and Assessment  concentration provides a foundation in understanding and conducting educational research and assessments. The master’s degree with the Developing Learner concentration is available totally online. The program with the Research and Assessment concentration is available through a combination of online an in person courses.

Model
Eastern Michigan University’s advanced professional education programs promote inquiry, advocacy and leadership in education for a diverse and democratic society.

Admission Requirements
See the Teacher Education department page  for specific admission requirements. Note that teacher certification is not required for this program.

Mission Statement
EDPS graduate programs prepare professionals who think critically about the ways diverse individuals learn and develop emotionally, cognitively, and socially. Students in educational psychology ask questions, seek answers, and apply those answers in real world situations.

Advisor Information:

Patricia Pokay, Ph.D.

313 Porter
(734) 487-3260
ppokay@emich.edu

Required Foundation Courses: 11 hours

  • EDPS 502 - Basic Concepts in Educational Psychology 3 hrs
  • EDPS 667 - Principles of Educational Research 3 hrs
  • SOFD 580 - Sociology of Education 2 hrs

Choose one course from the following:

  • EDPS 501 - Psychology of Adolescence 3 hrs
  • EDPS 600 - Human Development 3 hrs

Required Culminating Experiences: 6 hours

  • EDPS 694 - Seminar in Educational Psychology 3 hrs

Choose one course from the following:

  • EDPS 689 - Culminating Project 3 hrs
  • EDPS 692 - Thesis 3 hrs

Choose one area of concentration from the following:

Concentration in The Developing Learner: 13 hours

At least 13 hours distributed among cognitive, emotional and social areas. Other courses may be selected in cooperation with an advisor.

Cognitive Courses

  • CURR 654 - Multicultural Teaching and Learning 3 hrs
  • EDPS 504 - Nature and Identification of the Gifted 2 hrs
  • EDPS 512 - Theories of Intelligence 3 hrs
  • EDPS 650 - Motivation to Learn 3 hrs
  • EDPS 602 - Adult Development and Learning 3 hrs
  • EDPS 603 - Principles of Learning in Education 3 hrs
  • EDPS 611 - Piaget for Educators 2 hrs
  • EDPS 614 - Psychology of Creativity for Educators 3 hrs
  • EDPS 627 - Designing Classroom Assessments 3 hrs

Emotional Courses

  • COUN 503 - Dynamics of Life Development 3 hrs
  • COUN 505 - Counselor Development: Basic Skills 3 hrs
  • COUN 515 - Crisis Intervention 3 hrs
  • COUN 571 - Cross-cultural Counseling 3 hrs
  • COUN 651 - Counseling with Children 3 hrs
  • ECE 601 - Creating Supportive Learning Communities for Resilient Children 2 hrs
  • EDPS 501 - Psychology of Adolescence 3 hrs
  • EDPS 509 - Students’ Emotional Wellness in Educational Environments 3 hrs
  • EDPS 605 - Mental Health of Educators 2 hrs
  • EDPS 620 - Self-Concept, Self-Esteem and Individual Difference 3 hrs
  • WGST 575 - Theories of Sexuality 3 hrs

Choose one course from the following:

  • EDPS 677 - Methods in Quantitative Research 3 hrs
  • EDPS 687 - Qualitative/Interpretive Research 3 hrs