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    Oct 15, 2014

    Jan 07

    Online Start Date
    Jan 07, 2015

    Mar 25

    Online Start Date
    Mar 25, 2015

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  • Curriculum: All Tracks

    Core

    ED 503: EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (4 Credits)

    This course introduces students to prominent research-based theories of learning and examines the impact of these theories on students, learning and motivation, teaching, and assessment. Students critically evaluate opposing sides of current issues in educational psychology and articulate and defend personal positions on these issues.

    Total Core Credits: 38
    Total Program Credits: 52

    Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Educational Psychology must change to the 6-week calendar track upon completion of all 10-week track psychology coursework.

    ED 533: PERSPECTIVES ON DIVERSITY (4 Credits)

    This course explores the various issues of student diversity and challenges students to examine and define their own educational experiences with regard to culture and ethnicity, socioeconomic class, race, gender, religion, language, learning style, and exceptionality. Particular emphasis will be placed on the practical implications of diversity issues in classroom practice.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 38
    Total Program Credits: 52

    Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Educational Psychology must change to the 6-week calendar track upon completion of all 10-week track psychology coursework.

    HE 559: QUANTITATIVE METHODS AND INSTRUMENTS FOR ASSESSMENT (5 Credits)

    This course presents an in-depth overview of typical quantitative research designs, methods, data collection tools, and data analysis and reporting used in assessment and evaluation. It focuses on the research process related to assessment and evaluation and the basic skills required to plan, conduct, analyze, report, and evaluate research with a quantitative design. Detailed procedures associated with quantitative research, including experimental, quasi-experimental, survey, and correlational designs, are examined. Practical limitations of quantitative designs in assessment and evaluation and the role of quantitative research in mixed-method approaches are considered.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 38
    Total Program Credits: 52

    Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Educational Psychology must change to the 6-week calendar track upon completion of all 10-week track psychology coursework.

    IX 540: RESEARCH METHODS FOR EDUCATION AND INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY (5 Credits)

    This practitioner-oriented course is designed to allow students to explore methodologies, designs, and tools used for research in higher education, K-12, military, corporate, and nonprofit organizations. Students will critically analyze readings and examples of research, and plan an applied research proposal on an approved topic in the field of education or instructional design and technology. Other learning activities include reviewing data analysis techniques and examining ethical standards for conducting research.

    Prerequisites Required:

     None  

     

    Total Core Credits: 38
    Total Program Credits: 52

    Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Educational Psychology must change to the 6-week calendar track upon completion of all 10-week track psychology coursework.

    PS 506: LIFE SPAN DEVELOPMENT (5 Credits)

    This course examines human development through the life span from birth to adulthood, concluding with issues surrounding death and dying. The student will use case studies to examine biological, social, and cognitive changes at each stage of life and their relevance to clinical, educa­tional, and social problems. Students also evaluate the major psychosocial issues and conflicts that arise, and identify individual and social needs at each stage of development.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 38
    Total Program Credits: 52

    Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Educational Psychology must change to the 6-week calendar track upon completion of all 10-week track psychology coursework.

    PS 515: LEARNING AND BEHAVIOR (5 Credits)

    This course provides an overview of some of the major concepts and issues in learning theory. Students will examine the scientific study of how learning is acquired, maintained, and adapted. Emphasis is placed on behavioral, social, cogni­tive, affective, and motivational factors in human learning. Students are assisted in interpreting available empirical research and in thinking criti­cally about the ethical application of that research.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 38
    Total Program Credits: 52

    Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Educational Psychology must change to the 6-week calendar track upon completion of all 10-week track psychology coursework.

    PS 520: NEUROPSYCHOLOGY (5 Credits)

    This course provides an introduction to major concepts and issues in the field of neuropsychol­ogy, including methodological and research issues. Students will explore the major components of neuroanatomy and the assessment and diagnosis of neuropsychological syndromes. Students will also examine ethical, legal, and forensic issues in the research and application of neuropsychology.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 38
    Total Program Credits: 52

    Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Educational Psychology must change to the 6-week calendar track upon completion of all 10-week track psychology coursework.

    PS 530: COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY (5 Credits)

    This course surveys the major concepts and issues in cognitive psychology. Topics include the scientific study of mind and mental functions including attention, memory, perception, problem solving, language, imagery and categorization, and human consciousness. Students will interpret available empirical research and use critical thinking to apply that research.

    Prerequisites Required:

    PS  520

    Total Core Credits: 38
    Total Program Credits: 52

    Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Educational Psychology must change to the 6-week calendar track upon completion of all 10-week track psychology coursework.

    Electives

    Specialization Courses (14 Credits)

    Total Electives Credits: 14
    Total Program Credits: 52

    Specialization—General Education Psychology

    ED 553: HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION (4 Credits)

    This course introduces philosophical viewpoints that can affect new teachers' priorities and strategy choices in their practice. This course will also provide a historical perspective of how public education has become a democratic right in the United States. Candidates will compare and contrast philosophical theories that have driven pedagogy over the past two centuries. Candidates will also evaluate current research in their quest to develop as reflective and creative practitioners in the twenty-first century classroom.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Specialization—General Education Psychology Credits: 14
    Total Program Credits: 52

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    ED 555: LEARNING THEORIES (5 Credits)

    This course is an in-depth review of theoretical principles, concepts, and research findings on learning and education, with an emphasis on application to educational practices. Learning strategies for child, adolescent, and adult learners are reviewed. Students will explore additional concepts of learning including motivation and intelligence theories, learning styles, and technology-mediated learning. Case studies, problem-solving strategies, collaborative learning, emergent technologies, and distance-learning techniques are discussed and modeled throughout the course.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None  

     

    Total Specialization—General Education Psychology Credits: 14
    Total Program Credits: 52

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    PS 505: TESTING, MEASUREMENT, AND ASSESSMENT (5 Credits)

    This course examines the theoretical and conceptual framework of psychological testing, measurement, and assessment. Students learn about psychological test construction and psy­chometrics, and survey specific assessments and tools related to intelligence, education, personality, and clinical situations. Students also explore the uses and limitations of psychological testing and assessment, as well as ethical issues involved in the administration and interpretation of psychological testing and assessment results.

    Prerequisites Required:

     PS 504, or IX 540 and enrollment in the Master of Science in Educational Psychology
     

    Total Specialization—General Education Psychology Credits: 14
    Total Program Credits: 52

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

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