This master's program is designed to offer professionals and students the opportunity to apply principles of learning, cognition, and motivation to vital problems in the area of education; develop a solid understanding of research, assessment, and evaluation methodologies; and develop an analytical and scholarly approach to critically assessing theoretical perspectives, research, and practice within and across content domains. By participating in a supportive and collegial environment with faculty from numerous educational disciplines and expertise, students are expected to develop the skills to meet the needs of diverse populations and design and implement effective educational programs appropriate for a broad range of cultural contexts.

Policies

For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP .6 Graduate Policies.

Banner Code: E1-MS-EDP

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 30

Students must complete a minimum of 30 credits in one of four concentrations. Each concentration offers students the option of a thesis or a project to fulfill the research requirement.

Concentration in Assessment, Evaluation, and Testing (EDPA)

Coursework

EDRS 531Educational and Psychological Measurement3
Three credits of3
Directed Inquiry in Educational Psychology
Thesis in Educational Psychology
Select two from the following:6
Special Topics in Educational Psychology (must register for 3 credits) 1
Educational Assessment
Program Evaluation
Total Credits12
1

Topic must focus on research methodology assessment, evaluation, and/or testing.

Educational Psychology Core

EDEP 550Theories of Learning and Cognition3
EDEP 551Principles of Learner Motivation3
EDEP 632Human Development3
Total Credits9

Research Methodology Core

EDRS 590Education Research3
EDRS 620Quantitative Inquiry in Education3
EDRS 621Qualitative Inquiry in Education3
Total Credits9

Concentration in Learning and Decision-Making in Leadership (EDPD)

Coursework

EDEP 591Data-Driven Decision Making for Continuous Educational Improvement3
EDEP 653Culture and Intelligence3
Three credits of3
Directed Inquiry in Educational Psychology
EDRS 531Educational and Psychological Measurement3
Total Credits12

Educational Psychology Core

EDEP 550Theories of Learning and Cognition3
EDEP 551Principles of Learner Motivation3
EDEP 632Human Development3
Total Credits9

Research Methodology Core

EDRS 590Education Research3
EDRS 620Quantitative Inquiry in Education3
EDRS 621Qualitative Inquiry in Education3
Total Credits9

Concentration in Learning, Cognition, and Motivation (EDPL)

Coursework

Three credits of3
Directed Inquiry in Educational Psychology
Thesis in Educational Psychology
EDRS 531Educational and Psychological Measurement3
Select two from the following:6
Special Topics in Educational Psychology (must register for 3 credits) 1
Culture and Intelligence
Learning, Motivation, and Self-Regulation
Total Credits12
1

Topic must focus on Learning, Cognition, and Motivation.

Educational Psychology Core

EDEP 550Theories of Learning and Cognition3
EDEP 551Principles of Learner Motivation3
EDEP 632Human Development3
Total Credits9

Research Methodology Core

EDRS 590Education Research3
EDRS 620Quantitative Inquiry in Education3
EDRS 621Qualitative Inquiry in Education3
Total Credits9

Concentration in Teacher Preparation (EDPT)

Individuals pursuing the Educational Psychology, MS Concentration in Teacher Preparation must be admitted into one of the following teacher licensure certificate programs prior to completion of MS coursework: English as a Second Language, Secondary Education, Students with Disabilities who Access the General Curriculum, Students with Disabilities who Access the Adapted Curriculum, or Visual Impairments. Students apply three courses (9 credits) from the certificate towards the MS degree in educational psychology with the expectation that they will complete the teacher certification program.

Coursework

Teacher Licensure Certificate Program
Select three courses (9 credits) from teacher licensure certificate program (see above)9
Three credits of directed reading/project, or thesis 3
Directed Inquiry in Educational Psychology
Thesis in Educational Psychology
Total Credits12

Educational Psychology Core

EDEP 550Theories of Learning and Cognition3
EDEP 551Principles of Learner Motivation3
EDUC 539Human Development and Learning PK-123
or EDUC 672 Human Development and Learning: Secondary Education
Total Credits9

Research Methodology Core

EDRS 590Education Research3
EDRS 620Quantitative Inquiry in Education3
EDRS 621Qualitative Inquiry in Education3
Total Credits9

Bachelor's Degree (any)/Educational Psychology, Accelerated MS

Overview

Qualified Mason undergraduates may be admitted to a bachelor's/accelerated master's program and obtain a BA or BS in any degree area and an Educational Psychology, MS within an accelerated time frame in one of the following three concentrations:

  • Assessment, Evaluation and Testing (EDPA)
  • Learning and Decision-Making in Leadership (EDPD)
  • Learning, Cognition and Motivation (EDPL)

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree. For policies governing accelerated programs, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees.

Application Requirements

Applicants to all GMU graduate programs must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions. Additionally, applicants must have an overall GPA of at least 3.00. See the Accelerated Master's Admissions webpage to apply.

Accelerated Option Requirements

Concentration in Assessment, Evaluation and Testing (EDPA)

Students complete the following courses in their senior year:

Senior
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
EDEP 5503EDEP 5513
EDRS 5903EDRS 6203
 6 6
Total Credits 12

Concentration in Learning and Decision-Making in Leadership (EDPD)

Students complete the following courses in their senior year:

Senior
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
EDEP 5503EDEP 5513
EDRS 5903EDRS 6203
 6 6
Total Credits 12

Concentration in Learning, Cognition, and Motivation (EDPL)

Students complete the following courses in their senior year:

Senior
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
EDEP 5503EDEP 5513
EDRS 5903EDRS 6203
 6 6
Total Credits 12