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Educational Psychology


Educational psychology is the study of how psychology is applied to evaluate the educational process.

This program looks at how teachers, students, the learning environment, and non-school experiences affect the educational process.

Educational psychology programs include topics such as:


A few colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in educational psychology. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Many universities offer graduate degrees in educational psychology. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is highly competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores. Your bachelor's degree may not need to be in psychology if you have taken some courses in the subject.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Experience assisting with psychological research is a big plus.

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

A bachelor's degree program in general psychology typically requires that you study the following core courses:

In addition, you usually must choose several (but certainly not all) of the following subjects. As preparation for graduate school in educational psychology, the subjects nearest the top of the list are most valuable:

As preparation for graduate school, it helps to include one or more courses in biology.

Graduate Program Courses

A graduate program in educational psychology typically requires courses such as the following:

In a graduate program in educational psychology you often may choose from courses such as the following:

A doctoral degree program in educational psychology typically includes more courses such as the above, plus courses on research methods and advanced statistics, such as the following:

In addition, graduate programs typically require the following:

Graduate programs may include one or more practicums, which are supervised experiences of real work in this field. At first you may merely follow a professional around and observe what that person does. Later, you take on more real tasks, including research or teaching.

In graduate school you may have opportunities to work part time as a research assistant or teaching assistant. Although either of these activities can extend the amount of time it takes to get your degree, you are paid for the work, your tuition fees may be waived, and they help build your career.

Things to Know

For your master's degree, you may be able to choose among Master of Education (MEd), Master of Science (MS), and Master of Arts (MA). The MEd is a good choice if you are a teacher and want to upgrade your knowledge and skills for teaching.

With this degree, you can work in a university or college, training teachers and researching what contributes to effective teaching and learning.


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