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Master of Arts in Educational Psychology: Developing Learner Concentration

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.

Admission Criteria:

  1. Meet the Graduate School admission requirements;
  2. Hold a 2.75 undergraduate GPA or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate work or 3.3 GPA in 12 hours or more of work at the graduate level or a minimum 50th percentile on the Graduate Record Examination writing. International students must have a minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL; 
  3. For Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education (ECE) , elementary education, middle level education, secondary education, curriculum and instruction, and for students in educational media and technology who are pursuing the NP endorsement: hold a valid teaching credential. For international students who do not intend to teach in the United States, this requirement can be waived. Teaching certification is NOT required for the programs Master of Arts in Educational Psychology (EPDL) , Master of Arts in Social Foundations of Education (SFND) , or for students in Master of Arts in Educational Media and Technology (EDMT)  not pursuing the NP endorsement;
  4. Furnish an analysis of professional goals written by the candidate. This analysis should include a description of how the chosen degree program will help meeting the selected goals and how the candidate’s life experiences, accomplishments and interests will contribute to his or her success in the program; and
  5. Request and have submitted two letters of recommendation that address the candidate’s professional commitment, experience and potential. The transcripts, analysis of goals and letters of recommendation should give evidence of potential for graduate-level scholarship.
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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.


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 - Queer Theory 3 hrs

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

Concentration in Research and Assessment: 13 hours

Ten hours selected from the following. Other courses may be selected in cooperation with an advisor.

  • EDPS 621 - Statistical Applications in Educational Research 2 hrs
  • EDPS 626 - Principles and Issues in Educational Assessment 3 hrs
  • EDPS 627 - Designing Classroom Assessments 3 hrs
  • EDPS 628 - Analyzing Student Learning 3 hrs
  • EDPS 651 - Inferential Statistics 2 hrs
  • EDPS 660 - Grantwriting and Management 3 hrs
  • EDPS 674 - Survey Research and Data Analysis 3 hrs

Extended Program:

This graduate program is available at an EMU off-campus location. For a list of locations, please click here .