Educational Psychology- Master of Education, M.A., M.S., Specialist in Education

For information, contact:
Department Chair
Department of Educational Psychology
201 McGuffey (513-529-6621)
www.miamioh.edu/edp/

The department offers master’s degree programs in educational psychology and instructional design and technology. A combined master’s/specialist in the education professional entry degree program is offered in school psychology.

Admission Requirements

Admission to all master’s degree programs requires: (1) acceptance by the Graduate School, (2) acceptable score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), (3) three letters of recommendation, and (4) a brief essay on a topic pertinent to your professional reasons for pursuing the degree.

Admission to the school psychology specialist program requires: (1) acceptance by the Graduate School, (2) acceptable scores on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE, (3) three letters of recommendation specifically addressing your interpersonal skills and potential for advanced graduate study, (4) an essay of 500-750 words addressing your reasons for pursuing a career in school psychology, and (5) a signed statement that you have no record of conviction for a felony (state of Ohio requirement for practice in schools).

For all programs, the test scores, letters of recommendation, essay, and other relevant material should be sent to the department chair. The deadline for admission to the school psychology program is February 1. The deadlines for admission to the educational psychology program are November 1, February 1, and May 1.

Educational Psychology: Master of Education

This master’s program has two foci: an educational focus and a psychological focus. The educational focus is for students who already have certification/licensure in a teaching area and who wish to obtain greater depth of understanding of educational issues and teaching practice. The psychological focus does not require previous licensure.

The educational focus is for persons who already possess an educational certificate/license in any content or special field and who desire to deepen and broaden their understanding and performance in areas related to education and learning methodology. They will take a sequence of courses in educational psychology and in curriculum and teaching practice. The total program requires 30 semester hours (15 hours in the core requirements and 15 in the emphasis area). The 15 credit hour educational focus sequence will be designed with advisor approval.

The psychological focus includes two options: a human development, learning, and family studies option and a general option. The option in human development, learning, and family studies allows students to focus in-depth on interdisciplinary study related to applied human development, learning, and family issues. This program requires 30 semester hours (15 hours in the core requirements and 15 in the emphasis area). In the general option, students may focus on educational measurement and research or other relevant areas. They may also obtain the Graduate Certificate for Professional Development in Assessment and Evaluation within the general option. This program requires 30 semester hours (15 hours in the core requirements and 15 hours in the option electives).

Depending on the option selected, students can complete this program in one to two years of full-time study or two to three years of part-time study.

Educational Psychology Core (for all options)

(15 semester hours)

All of these: (12 hours)

EDP 601 Advanced Educational Psychology (3)

EDP 651 Educational Research (3)

EDP 652 Educational Research Practicum (3)

EHS 667 Behavioral Statistics I (3)

One of the following: (3 hours)

EDL 621 Foundations of Multi-Cultural Education (3)

EDL 625 Social Foundations of Education (3)

EDP 603 Theories of Human Learning (3)

EDP 607 Educational Measurement and Evaluation (3)

EDP 621 Classroom Group Behavior (3)

EDP 632 Instructional Design Theories and Models (3)

EDP 635 Theories of Human Development (3)

EDP 656 Education of Individuals with Exceptionalities (3)

EDT 622 Improvement of Instruction in the Secondary School (3)

FSW/GTY 566 Later Life Families (3)

FSW 595 Advanced Survey of Family Science (3)

Educational Focus

This focus is for persons who already possess an educational certificate/license in any field and who desire to deepen and broaden their understanding and performance in areas related to education. They will take a 15 credit sequence of courses that may include the following:

EDP 603 Theories of Human Learning (3)

EDP 621 Classroom Group Behavior (3)

Curriculum and Teaching Practice Courses from EDL, EDT, EDP or other educationally focused departments

Psychological Focus

The psychological focus includes two options: a human development, learning, and family studies option and a general option. The option in human development, learning, and family studies allows students to focus in-depth on interdisciplinary study related to applied human development, learning, and family issues.

General Option

A focus area, such as educational measurement/assessment, family studies, mental health, dynamics of group processes, or early childhood education, may be selected. You may also take a wide range of course work rather than concentrating in an area. This program requires 30 semester hours (15 hours in core requirements and 15 hours in electives).

Sample Option:

Measurement/Evaluation:

EDP 607 Educational Measurement and Evaluation (3)

EDP 690 Seminar in Educational Psychology (1-3)

EDP 633 Evaluation and Assessment for Instructional Design (3)

EDP 655 Theory and Problems in Educational Measurement (3)

EHS 668 Behavior Statistics II (3)

Graduate Certificate for Professional Development: Assessment and Evaluation

The Graduate Certificate for Professional Development in Assessment and Evaluation aims to provide in-depth preparation to individuals who presently are asked (or will be asked) to provide leadership and expertise with regard to the topics of assessment and evaluation in the fields of education, health, and business. A set of three graduate courses have been selected so that participants will be able to 1) design and carry out a program evaluation and 2) design tests and analyze test data and 3) design surveys and analyze survey data.

All of these: (9 hours)

EDP 607 Educational Measurement and Evaluation (3)

EDP 655 Theory and Problems in Educational Measurement (3)

EDP 690 Seminar in Educational Psychology (3)

Graduate Certificate for Professional Development: Applied Statistics and Data Analysis in Social Science

The Applied Statistics and Data Analysis in Social Science Certificate is intended to provide knowledge in statistics and practical skills to conduct both simple and sophisticated statistical analyses in the fields of social sciences and business. Students will be able to identify and utilize appropriate statistical procedures for problems in social sciences and business, and to correctly interpret and report the findings from the results of the statistical analyses.

These of these courses: (9 hours)

EHS 667 Behavior Statistics (3) or

EHS 668 Behavior Statistics II (3)

EDP 688 SPSS Series I (3)

EDP 689 SPSS Series II (3)

Development, Learning and Family Studies Option

An emphasis in human development and learning allows you to focus in-depth on applied development and learning issues. This program requires 30 semester hours (15 hours in the core requirements and 15 in the emphasis area).

All of these: (9 hours)

EDP 603 Theories of Human Learning (3) or

FSW 562 Family Policy and Law (3) or

FSW/GTY 566 Later Life Families (3)

EDP 635 Theories of Human Development (3)

EDP 640 Seminar in Applied Human Development (3) or

FSW 595 Advanced Survey of Family Science (3)

Two of the following: (6 hours)

EDP 621 Classroom Group Behavior (3)

EDP 669 Qualitative Research in Educational Psychology (3)

EDP 690 Seminar in Educational Psychology (1-3)

FSW 518 The Family Life Education Process (3)

FSW 551 Family Violence (3)

FSW/EDP 581 Adolescent Development in Diverse Families (3)

FSW 585 Social Work in a Diverse World (3)

FSW 591 Seminar in Family and Child Studies (1-4; max 4)

FSW 592 Families in Global Context (4)

FSW 593 Qualitative Methods in Family Research (3)

FSW 660 Family Diversity in the United States (3)

FSW 681 Parenting Theories and Applications (3)

GTY 563 Gender and Aging (3)

GTY 572 Race, Ethnicity, and Aging (3)

GTY 576 Environment and Aging (3)

GTY 603 Psychology of Aging in Everyday Life (3)

GTY 667 Policy and Politics of Aging (3)

GTY 745 Sociology of Aging (3)

GTY 767 Policy Analysis In An Aging Society (3)

KNH 571 Sport, Leisure, and Aging (3)

KNH/FSW 617 Education for Human Sexuality (3)

Instructional Design and Technology: Master of Arts and Master of Education

The primary purpose of this degree is to prepare instructional designers and educational technologists for P-12 schools, government, health care, higher education and the military. This program is one program with two faces: a M.Ed. option and a M.A. option. Prospective students who have licensure in P-12 education will most likely pursue the Master of Education (M.Ed.) option. Prospective students who are interested in working as instructional designers for non-P-12 environments such as higher education, government, military and health care will pursue the Masters of Arts (M.A.) option. The core curriculum of the program will prepare graduates to design, develop and integrate technology-based instructional media, methods, and systems which integrate research in behavioral psychology, cognitive psychology, learning theories, constructivist and critical/cultural theoretical perspectives of teaching and learning.

Admission Requirements

Admission to all master's degree programs requires: (1) acceptance by the Graduate School, (2) a vita or resume detailing education and work experience as well as personal relevant experience, (3) a brief essay (500-750 words) on a topic pertinent to your professional reasons for pursuing the degree, (4) official transcripts, and (5) three letters of recommendation from faculty or other person who can provide insight about your potential for graduate study and interpersonal skills. Those interested in pursuing the Med. Option will also need to hold current P-12 licensure and provide signed statement that you have no record of conviction for a felony (state of Ohio requirement for practice in schools).

For both options, a vita/resume, letters of recommendation, essay, and other relevant material should be sent to the department chair. The deadlines for admission are as follows:

  • November 1 (Spring Admission)
  • February 1 (Fall Admission and GA application)
  • May 1 (Fall Admission)

Requirements: Master of Arts and Master of Education

The Master of Arts (MA) option requires a minimum of 33 credit hours (including: 3 IDT core courses, 3 Educational Psychology core courses, 4 additional IDT electives and one the thesis/thesis project course.

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) option requires a minimum of 33 credit hours (including: 5 IDT core courses, 3 Educational Psychology core courses, 1 additional IDT electives and one the thesis/thesis project course.

Depending on the option, you can complete this program in one to two years of full-time study or two to three years of part-time study.

Master of Arts Option

Instructional Design Core Courses (MA option)

All of the following:

EDP 632 Instructional Design Theories and Models (3)

EDP 633 Evaluation and Assessment for Instructional Design (3)

EDP 643 Interactive Design (3)

Educational Psychology Core (M.A. and M.Ed. 9-hours total)

One of these:

EDP 651 Educational Research (3)

EHS 667 Behavioral Statistics (3)

One of these:

EDP 603 Theories of Human Learning (3)

EDP 635 Theories of Human Development (3)

One of these:

EDL 621 Foundations of Multi-Cultural Education (3)

EDL 623 Philosophy of Education (3)

EDL 625 Social Foundations of Education (3)

EDL 629 History of Education in America (3)

Instructional Design and Technology Instructional Track: Area of Interest Electives (12 hours)

EDP 631 Introduction to Instructional Design & Technology (3)

EDP 634 Grant Writing in Instructional Design & Technology (3)

EDP 637 Distance Learning (3)

EDP 638 Computer Networks for Education and Training (3)

EDP 639 Issues and Trends in Instructional Design and Technology (3)

EDP 641 Principles of Visual Literacy (3)

EDP 642 Video Production for Education & Training (3)

EDP 644 Foundations in 3D Design and Animation (3)

NOTE: Some electives may be taken outside of IDT, however, they must be approved by advisor.

Instructional Design Field Applications (3 hours required – 6 hours possible)

EDP 648 Project Thesis (3-6)

Master of Education Option

All of the following:

EDP 632 Instructional Design Theories and Models (3)

EDP 633 Evaluation and Assessment for Instructional Design (3)

EDP 637 Distance Learning (3)

EDP 643 Interactive Design (3)

EDP 645 Curriculum and Technology (3)

Educational Psychology Core ( M.A. and M.Ed. 9-hours total)

One of these:

EDP 651 Educational Research (3)

EHS 667 Behavioral Statistics (3)

One of these:

EDP 603 Theories of Human Learning (3)

EDP 635 Theories of Human Development (3)

One of these:

EDL 621 Foundations of Multi-Cultural Education (3)

EDL 623 Philosophy of Education (3)

EDL 625 Social Foundations of Education (3)

EDL 629 History of Education in America (3)

Instructional Design and Technology P-12 Track: Area of Interest Electives (6 hours)

EDP 631 Introduction to Instructional Design & Tech (3)

EDP 634 Grant Writing in Instructional Design & Technology (3)

EDP 638 Computer Networks for Education and Training (3)

EDP 639 Issues and Trends in Instructional Design and Technology (3)

EDP 641 Principles of Visual Literacy (3)

EDP 642 Video Production for Education & Training (3)

EDP 644 Foundations in 3D Design and Animation (3)

Instructional Design Field Applications (3 hours required – 6 hours possible)

EDP 648 Project Thesis (3-6; maximum 6)

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