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Educational Psychology (Developing Learner)

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.

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.

Advisor Information:

Alane Starko, Ph.D.

313 Porter
(734) 487-2789

Master of Arts in Educational Psychology:

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

Concentration Area: 13 hours

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.

Social Courses
  • CTAC 511 - Readings in Interracial/Interethnic Communication 2 hrs
  • ECE 609 - Development and Behavior of the Young Child 2 hrs
  • ECE 610 - Family, School and Community Partnerships in Early Childhood Education 2 hrs
  • EDPS 617 - Children in Poverty: Educational Implications 3 hrs
  • EDPS 640 - School Violence: A Holistic Approach to Prevention and Intervention 3 hrs
  • AGIN 511 - Elders and Their Families 2 hrs
  • PSY 520 - Coping with Problem Behavior 2 hrs
  • SOFD 535 - Multicultural and International Education 2 hrs

  • SOFD 581 - Gender and Education 3 hrs
  • OR

  • WGST 581 - Gender and Education 3 hrs

  • SPGN 525 - Classroom Management and the Development of Social Competence in Students with Special Needs 2 hrs
  • SPGN 615 - Families, Disability, and Schools: Collaborating for Success 3 hrs