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MA Program Overview

The EDP Master’s (M. Ed.) is a 30 hour degree program in which students can select either the Psychological Focus or the Educational Focus. The Educational Focus is for persons who already hold a teaching license in some area. The Psychological Focus is for students who do not hold licensure and it includes two options. One option is human development, learning, and family studies, and the other is a general option, in which students can gain expertise in educational measurement and research or in other areas designed with an advisor.

9-credit Certificate Programs may be taken within the Master’s or as a stand-alone option. These are designed for persons who wish to have specific credentials in program evaluation or in quantitative data analysis. The department also offers a 12-credit certificate in Human Brain & Learning.

Miami University Family Studies Majors may be eligible for the 4 + 1 Combined Program, in which undergraduate Juniors who have a 3.25 GPA may apply for the EDP Masters and take up to 12 credits of the graduate program during their senior year. The combined degree program is a collaboration of two departments: Educational Psychology (EDP) and Family Studies and Social Work (FSW). It combines course work from the Bachelor of Science in Family Studies (B.S.) with the terminal Masters of Education in Educational Psychology option in Human Development, Learning, and Family Studies (M.Ed.). For students in the combined program, 12 hours of 500/600 level courses can be double counted toward the B.S. and M.Ed. The degree may be obtained in 5 years or less, particularly if students bring advanced standing credit into the bachelor’s degree. This combined program thus allows for the completion of both programs, what would typically take about six years of study, into five or fewer years.

The Master’s is also available for some International Students through the EPIC Program. EPIC (Educational Psychology International Cooperative) is a cooperative program between Miami University and several educational institutions in China and some of their coursework is taken at the Chinese institution and transferred to Miami. Students with varied backgrounds from different parts of China can pursue the EDP Master’s. This program also serves as a resource for US students to learn Chinese culture, education and language. International students not in the EPIC program pursue the standard application process.