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The application deadline for Fall 2018 is April 1, 2018.

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Program Contact

Margareta M. Thomson, PhD
Associate Professor
mmpop@ncsu.edu
919.515.1781
Program Contact

Irene Armstrong
Graduate Student Services Specialist
irene_armstrong@ncsu.edu
919.515.3221

Master of Science or Master of Education

Educational Psychology


Teacher Education and Learning Sciences (TELS)

The Educational Psychology Master’s program focuses on the examination and evaluation of psychological principles across the lifespan with an emphasis on cognition, development, motivation, identity and social processes. We thoroughly prepare students to serve as scholar-practitioners in a variety of education settings. Our goal is to create scholars, educators and leaders who will help improve and transform the lives of all learners through the lifespan.

Important Dates
April 1, 2018
Summer and Fall Admission Application deadline



Program Description

Educational Psychology students learn to apply psychological theory and research methodology to answer these and other questions:

  • How is learning influenced by the social and cultural contexts of the classroom, school and community?
  • How do students learn and grow?
  • What motivates students to achieve and teachers to teach?
  • What is the best way to help individuals learn across the lifespan?
  • How can we best assess student learning and educational outcomes?

As scholar-practitioners, educational psychologists generate new knowledge that can improve the outcomes of people in a broad range of settings, from formal classrooms to training and continuing education in the professions.

What can graduates do with a master’s in educational psychology?

Our graduates are prepared to become researchers, leaders, university faculty, independent researchers in military, governmental or private industry settings, as well as skilled practitioners in their chosen field of study. As university or college faculty, we may teach college courses, conduct research, prepare prospective teachers and other educators, and/or develop statistical and research methods. Also at the college level, educational psychologists may work in study skills programs, instructional improvement programs, and/or curriculum development projects.

Educational psychologists also leverage their deep knowledge of psychology to work in research and development organizations (such as those found in the Research Triangle) in which they help evaluate new educational initiatives, influence policy, or help develop instructional materials or educational tests for schools. Educational psychologists increasingly work in government, school, military, corporate settings or private enterprise, the courts, and other organizational settings where they participate in training staff, developing and implementing educational programs, evaluating the effectiveness of educational programs, and/or analyzing educational data.

Course of Study

Our Educational Psychology Master of Science degree takes 36 credit hours to complete in addition to thesis work, while our Educational Psychology Master of Education requires 30 credit hours to complete. Curriculum for both may be found below.

Full Curriculum

Course descriptions can be found in the university course catalog.

Educational Psychology Master of Science (36 hours):

Category I. Curriculum, Professional Development and Leadership (3 hrs.)*

  • ECI 501 Foundations of Curriculum
  • ECI 508 Teacher as Leader
  • ECI 585 Introduction to Exceptional Children
  • ECI 806 Seminar in Teachers as Learner: Developmental Theory, Research and Practice

Category II. Knowledge of Learners and Teaching (18-24 hrs.)*

  • ECI 500 Theory and Practice in Teaching Diverse Populations
  • ECI 511 Computer Applications and Curriculum Integration
  • ECI 716 Design and Evaluation of Instructional Materials
  • ECI 520 Teaching Composition
  • ECI 541 Reading in the Content Areas
  • EDP 504 Advanced Educational Psychology**
  • EDP 582 Adolescent Development (or PSY 584 Advanced Developmental Psychology)
  • EDP 590 Special Topics in Educational Psychology
  • PSY 508 Cognitive Processes

Category III. Methodological Inquiry (6-9 hrs.)*

  • ECI 510 Research Applications in Curriculum and Instruction (or ELP 532 Introduction to Educational Inquiry or equivalent)
  • ECI 523 Teacher as Researcher
  • EDP 560 Educational Tests and Measurement
  • ECI 607 Advanced Seminar in Multicultural Research
  • ST 507 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences I
  • ST 508 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences II
  • EAC 580 Designing Instructional Systems in Training and Development
  • ECI 695 Master’s Thesis Research**
  • ECI 699 Master’s Thesis Preparation**

*Other courses as approved by your master’s committee or master’s advisor

**Required Courses

Educational Psychology Master of Education (30 hours):

Category I. Curriculum, Professional Development and Leadership (3 hrs.)*

  • ECI 501 Foundations of Curriculum
  • ECI 508 Teacher as Leader
  • ECI 585 Introduction to Exceptional Children
  • ECI 806 Seminar in Teachers as Learner: Developmental Theory, Research and Practice

Category II. Knowledge of Learners and Teaching (18-24 hrs.)*

  • ECI 500 Theory and Practice in Teaching Diverse Populations
  • ECI 511 Computer Applications and Curriculum Integration
  • ECI 716 Design and Evaluation of Instructional Materials
  • ECI 520 Teaching Composition
  • ECI 541 Reading in the Content Areas
  • EDP 504 Advanced Educational Psychology**
  • EDP 582 Adolescent Development (or PSY 584 Advanced Developmental Psychology)
  • EDP 590 Special Topics in Educational Psychology
  • PSY 508 Cognitive Processes

Category III. Methodological Inquiry (6-9 hrs.)*

  • ECI 510 Research Applications in Curriculum and Instruction (or ELP 532 Introduction to Educational Inquiry or equivalent)
  • ECI 523 Teacher as Researcher
  • EDP 560 Educational Tests and Measurement
  • ECI 607 Advanced Seminar in Multicultural Research
  • ST 507 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences I
  • ST 508 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences II
  • EAC 580 Designing Instructional Systems in Training and Development

*Other courses as approved by your master’s committee or master’s advisor

**Required Courses

Faculty

Margareta M. Thomson, PhD
Associate Professor
Educational Psychology Program Coordinator
mmpop@ncsu.edu
919.515.1781

John L. Nietfeld, PhD
Professor
john_nietfeld@ncsu.edu
919.513.7444

Jessica T. DeCuir-Gunby, PhD
Associate Professor
jessica_decuir@ncsu.edu
919.513.7669

DeLeon L. Gray, PhD
Assistant Professor
dlgray2@ncsu.edu
919.515.5442

Teomara Rutherford, PhD
Assistant Professor
taruther@ncsu.edu
919.515.0288

Admission Requirements

  • Recent GRE scores
  • Current resume or CV
  • Personal statement including career goals and aspirations, research interests or focus and other relevant experiences
  • Recommendations from 3 individuals attesting to scholarly aptitude and motivation