Catalog 2010-2012

Educational Psychology: Professional Development for Teachers

This degree program is specially designed to fulfill the professional development needs of experienced teachers. The intent of the program is to enable participants to increase their knowledge base in content areas or to develop expertise in new content areas while sharpening their understanding and skills as classroom teachers. The program seeks to provide a course of study directly tied to teaching practice, in which course selection, student learning, and required research are organized around issues and problems which teachers view as important. The degree program provides ample opportunity for exploring the relationship between theory and practice, with a focus on improving student learning. The program presents a variety of opportunities for peer collaboration, development of strategies for implementing innovations in classroom practice, and thoughtful analysis of contemporary issues and problems facing teachers.

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should contact the Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations for any other admission requirements.  Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program.

This degree program invites participation from early childhood, elementary, middle school, and high school teachers. This major is available on the thesis and non-thesis options. A minimum of 36 semester hours is required for the thesis option and a minimum of 33 semester hours for the non-thesis option. The thesis or research paper is expected to explore a topic that will improve classroom practice and student learning. A minimum of 15 hours of 200/6000-level course work is required for the thesis option. A minimum of 12 hours of 200/6000-level course work is required for the non-thesis option.

Successful completion of a final oral comprehensive examination is required for both the thesis and non-thesis options.


Required professional core:

  Educational Psychology: 200:214*.....3 hours

  Measurement and Research: 250:205.....3 hours

  Social Foundations: 260:234*.....3 hours

Research: xxx:299.....3 or 6 hours

  Thesis option (6 hrs.)

  Non-thesis option (3 hrs.)

Hours from each of the following three professional components areas (selected in consultation with advisor and requires approval of the Graduate Coordinator):

  Component I:  Advanced professional course work.....8-12 hours

  Component II: Theoretical-philosophical course work ....5-9 hours

  Component III: Advanced academic course work taken from one department ....8-12 hours

Thesis option......36 hours

Non-thesis option.....33 hours