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Educational Psychology (Developing Learner)

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

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.

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.

Department Information:

Teacher Education - College of Education

Martha Kinney-Sedgwick, Ph.D.
Department Head

313 Porter Bldg
(734) 487-3260

Department Website

Advisor Information:

Alane Starko, Ph.D.

313 Porter
(734) 487-2789

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:

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 - Queer Theory 3 hrs

Choose one course from the following:

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

Program Total: 30 hours