Improve Education Outcomes through Psychological Research
Discover new avenues to student success by studying interdisciplinary psychological theories and instructional tactics that impact human performance in learning environments throughout the lifespan.
The master's program in educational psychology and methodology prepares you for a research career in education settings or advanced graduate studies in the psychology of human development, disability, teaching methods, and knowledge acquisition.
Coursework includes instruction in social, emotional, and intellectual development, theories of learning and cognitive development, motivation in school settings, rubric development, testing and assessment, research design, and data collection and analysis.
Program of Study
The 30-credit master's program can be completed part time over a period of years or over three semesters of full-time study.
Core courses comprise one class in each of the following areas.
Sample courses: Development in Childhood, Adolescent Development, Lifespan Development, Advanced Developmental Psychology, Comparative Theories of Human Development.
Sample courses: Educational Psychology, Advanced Educational Psychology: Learning and Instruction, Motivation, Children’s Learning and Cognition, Application of Cognitive Theories to English Language Arts and Social Studies, Self-Regulated Learning.
Individual Differences and Special Education
Sample courses: Introduction to Human Exceptionality, Learning Disabilities, Instructional Environments and Practices for Students with Disabilities, Educating Students with Emotional Disorders and Challenging Behaviors, Assessment of Students with Disabilities, Early Childhood Special Education
Sample courses: Research Project in Educational Psychology, Educational Research Design.
Measurement and Evaluation
Sample courses: Assessment in Education, Educational and Psychological Measurement, Seminar in Measurement, Theories of Validity and Reliability.
Sample courses: Statistical Methods I or II, Seminar in Statistics, Multivariate Methods for Applied Researchers.
Choose four courses with your advisor’s approval.
Educational Research Project
Gain experience collecting data and performing statistical analysis by designing your own research project and reporting your findings in a formal academic report. This special project may be completed in your research methods class.
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Develop Expertise in Data Analysis
If you're aiming to land a research job, you can increase your competitive advantage by taking electives in computational statistics and other subjects related to empirical analysis.
Sample courses: Nonparametric and Distribution-Free Statistics, Single-Case Design and Analysis, Factor Analysis, Multivariate Analysis with Computer Applications, Experimental Design, Regression Analysis.
Strengthen Your PhD Application
Improve your opportunities for doctoral study in education and psychology at UAlbany or other prestigious research universities by working on faculty-led research projects and/or completing an internship with a human services agency or school system.
Join an International Academic Community
At UAlbany, you connect with students and faculty from around the world. The master's program also attracts international learners who want to develop advanced reading and writing skills in academic English while earning a graduate psychology degree at a major American research university.
Start Right Away with Rolling Admissions
Applications are reviewed year-round, so you can enroll soon after being admitted to the program. To apply, you only need to have earned 12 undergraduate or graduate credits in psychology, educational psychology, education, or related fields.
Careers and Advisement
The Pathways Into Education (PIE) Center is the central office on campus serving undergraduate, graduate, and prospective students interested in pursuing careers in education and programs leading to teacher certification.
Please call or email to schedule an appointment.
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