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Program Description

The Master of Education program in the Department of Educational Psychology is a 30-hour degree program in which students complete 15 hours of core courses and then work with a faculty mentor to design a 15-hour individual focus area. 

For a learner interested in an in-depth focus on the interdisciplinary study of applied development, learning, and family issues, a focus might include an emphasis in human development, learning, and family studies. Another focus might be related to cross cultural learning, brain and learning, mental health, or assessment and evaluation of learning. Educators may desire to deepen and broaden their understanding and performance in areas related to educational practice.

The culmination of the program is a research project rather than a thesis. Students will study a problem that is relevant to their areas of interest. 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 then present their work to a committee for approval.

Course of Study

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.

4 + 1

Miami University Family Science majors may be eligible for a Combined BS/M.Ed. 4+1 Program, in which undergraduate Juniors apply for the program and take up to 12 credits of the graduate program during their Senior year. Visit their website for application and additional information.

Certificates

Students may also earn certificates in areas such as Assessment and Evaluation and Quantitative Data Analysis. These certificates are designed for persons who wish to have specific credentials in either program evaluation or in quantitative data analysis. Certificates may be earned as part of the master’s degree coursework or as stand-alone options.

Develop in-depth expertise in the real-world application of educational evaluation, including testing. Upon completion, students will be able to design a program evaluation, develop tests and surveys, evaluate test and survey data, use a variety of software tools, and access, use and interpret evaluation and assessment databases.
The Quantitative Data Analysis in Education and the Social Sciences Certificate provides knowledge in statistics and practical skills to conduct both simple and sophisticated statistical analyses in the fields of social sciences and business.  Students will identify and utilize appropriate statistical procedures for problems in social sciences and business, and correctly interpret and report the findings from the results of the statistical analyses.

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