Education Psychology Program Options

The Educational Psychology M.Ed. program offers students two foci options: Psychological or Educational.

Educational Focus

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.

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. 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 Certificate 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).

Certificates

The Department offers certificate programs in Human Brain & Learning, Assessment and Evaluation, as well as Applied Statistics and Data Analysis in Social Sciences. These certificates are designed for persons who wish to have specific credentials in either human cognition, learning & development, program evaluation, or in quantitative data analysis. The Human Brain & Learning certificate is 12 credits. The Assessment and Evaluation certificate, and the Applied Statistics and Data Analysis in Social Sciences certificate is 9 credits. The certificate programs may be taken as part of the master’s degree coursework or as stand-alone options.

Research Project

The culmination of the Educational Psychology master’s program is a research project, not a thesis. Students will study a problem that is relevant to their area of interests. They will take courses designed to help students define, create, critique, and complete their research project. Students will collect data, conducts analysis, and write a research paper. Students will present their work to a committee for approval.

Program Coursework/Timeline

All of the core coursework for the master’s degree is offered on the Oxford campus throughout the year. However, some of these courses are also offered at Miami's Voice of America Learning Center (VOALC) and online. Students who enroll full-time may complete their 30-hour degree program in 18-24 months. Part-time students typically complete the degree in two to three years. About 60% percent of our students are part-time.