Master of Science Degree in Educational Psychology

Kaplan University’s Master of Science in Educational Psychology teaches you how to build, implement, and evaluate instructional regimens that are both competitive and educationally effective. You’ll receive training in the latest instructional techniques, technologies, educational trends, and learning behaviors.

Whether you are interested in pursuing a new career or an advanced position, a master’s degree from Kaplan University could help you keep pace with the fascinating field of educational psychology.*

At this time, residents of Kentucky may not enroll in the online Master of Science in Educational Psychology program.

Master of Science in Educational Psychology Program Highlights

The Master of Science in Educational Psychology is designed to help you develop competencies to evaluate and recommend improvements in educational programs, student learning, and instruction in many settings from K-12 to universities to corporate and government environments. It is not focused on the clinical practice of school psychologists and does not lead to licensure or certification.

Our graduates have the potential to seek careers in all types of environments that hire program evaluators, educational program administrators, or operations research analysts. Students are exposed to, and collaborate with, diverse faculty from the School of Education – Teacher Education and Higher Education Divisions and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences - Graduate Psychology Department.

Faculty members who are practicing professionals in the field will guide you as you:

  • Select research design and methodologies that effectively address needs, processes, and outcomes in program evaluation
  • Create educational and psychological interventions that promote academic performance and social-emotional behavior
  • Integrate reasonable adaptations to educational policies, practices, and accommodations to create equivalent learning environments and experiences for diverse populations
  • Design effective educational programs and interventions by integrating learning theory and psychological principles
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of the interaction between educational technology and academic outcomes
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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

What are the Career Opportunities?

Earning a Master of Science in Educational Psychology could be an asset to anyone interested in pursuing a career as an educational administrator, program evaluator, or operations research analyst in educational, instructional, or governmental institutions.*

How Do I Get Started?

Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.

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Online Start Date

November 23, 2016

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Online Start Date

January 11, 2017

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Mar

Online Start Date

March 01, 2017

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April 12, 2017

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May

Online Start Date

May 31, 2017

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July 12, 2017

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August 30, 2017

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October 11, 2017

Curriculum: All Tracks

  • Core

    Total Core Credits: 38

    Total Program Credits: 52

    • ED 503: EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY Change

      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.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Educational Psychology must change to the 10-week A, B, or C track upon completion of all 6-week D track education coursework.
    • ED 533: PERSPECTIVES ON DIVERSITY Change

      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.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Educational Psychology must change to the 10-week A, B, or C track upon completion of all 6-week D track education coursework.
    • HE 559: QUANTITATIVE METHODS AND INSTRUMENTS FOR ASSESSMENT Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Educational Psychology must change to the 10-week A, B, or C track upon completion of all 6-week D track education coursework.
    • IX 540: RESEARCH METHODS FOR EDUCATION AND INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY Change

      This course presents an in-depth overview of typical quantitative research methods used in educational research. Students will prepare an educational research proposal including a problem statement, research question(s) and hypotheses, a preliminary literature review, and a quantitative research design. The course examines procedures associated with quantitative research as well as the ethical standards involved in the protection of human subjects in educational research. Practical limitations of quantitative designs will be discussed as well as possible methodologies to overcome those limitations.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Educational Psychology must change to the 10-week A, B, or C track upon completion of all 6-week D track education coursework.
    • PS 506: LIFE SPAN DEVELOPMENT Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Educational Psychology must change to the 10-week A, B, or C track upon completion of all 6-week D track education coursework.
    • PS 515: LEARNING AND BEHAVIOR Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Educational Psychology must change to the 10-week A, B, or C track upon completion of all 6-week D track education coursework.
    • PS 520: NEUROPSYCHOLOGY Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Educational Psychology must change to the 10-week A, B, or C track upon completion of all 6-week D track education coursework.
    • PS 530: COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      PS  520

      Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Educational Psychology must change to the 10-week A, B, or C track upon completion of all 6-week D track education coursework.
  • Electives

    Total Electives Credits: 14

    Total Program Credits: 52

Curriculum: Concentration

Concentration
Select a Concentration
  • Select a Concentration
  • Concentration—General Education Psychology
  • Please Select a Concentration Above
  • Concentration—General Education Psychology

    Total Concentration—General Education Psychology Credits: 14

    Total Program Credits: 52

    • ED 553: HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION Change

      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.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

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

    • ED 555: LEARNING THEORIES Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

       

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

    • PS 505: TESTING, MEASUREMENT, AND ASSESSMENT Change

      This course provides a conceptual grounding in theoretical approaches to health behavior, emphasizing the use of psycho-social theories and models of health behavior for effective health education and public health practice and research. You will apply the theories and models of health behavior to real-world scenarios encountered in health education and public health. The course focuses on the various factors that influence health behavior, the impact on health and disease of populations, and the implications for health programming.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

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

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

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