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Educational Psychology

Why Choose Saint Rose for a Master's Degree in Educational Psychology?

If you’re interested in the science of helping students learn, consider a Master of Science in educational psychology.

This program prepares you to motivate the students in your own classroom, help schools and districts create and improve their educational programs, or conduct research in educational psychology.

You could explore ways to improve the classroom experience for immigrant or underprivileged students, develop better methods to motivate general-population students, or teach individuals with disabilities.

Whether you aspire to be a teacher, administrator, or researcher, our flexible program helps you advance in your career goals.

While our program is a pathway for professional teacher certification in New York* and is thus suited to current educators or administrators, it is also perfect for career changers with no educational experience.

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Note that this program is distinct from our M.S. in School Psychology Program

Program Highlights

  • Pursue professional teacher certification, or a career in an educational organization, community center, or research institution
  • Learn how people of all ages and demographics process emotional, cognitive, and social stimuli
  • Study and analyze behavioral, social, and situational impediments to learning
  • Gain a solid foundation of knowledge, problem-solving skills, and strategies to assess and address any learning situation
  • Enjoy close, personal attention from caring faculty renowned for their expertise
  • Earn your degree in just two years, even part time
  • Choose traditional on-campus classes, online learning, or both to suit your schedule – ours is the only online M.S.Ed. in educational psychology in New York State

Select from three schemes:

  1. General Scheme: for a broad understanding of how people learn, and how to apply this knowledge to diverse contexts
  2. Research Scheme: for a career in empirical research (ideal for candidates interested in consequently pursuing doctoral study)
  3. School Psychology Scheme: only for candidates who have been admitted into the Certificate of Advanced Study in School Psychology

Only Master’s Program in New York with Online Option

Our part-time online pathway affords busy professionals the flexibility to earn their degree in just two years. The program serves as a professional teacher certification pathway in New York State* but is also appropriate for non-education backgrounds.

We have designed our online graduate degree program to meet the needs of diverse graduate students, such as teachers, administrators, and career changers near and far.

To offer flexibility, students can mix their courses—online and on-campus—as best fits their schedules and their learning preferences.

Our mission statement and program objectives are the same, whether on-campus or online and students work with the same renowned College of Saint Rose professors.

This program is a professional certification pathway in New York State for teachers who hold initial certification in:

  • Early Childhood (Birth – Grade 2)
  • Childhood (Grades 1 – 6)
  • Biology (Grades 7 – 12, 7 – 9 Ext.)
  • Chemistry (Grades 7 – 12, 7 – 9 Ext.)
  • Earth Science (Grades 7 – 12, 7 – 9 Ext.)
  • English (Grades 7 – 12, 7 – 9 Ext.)
  • Mathematics (Grades 7 – 12, 7 – 9 Ext.)
  • Social Studies (Grades 7 – 12, 7 – 9 Ext.)
  • Spanish (Grades 7 – 12, 7 – 9 Ext.)
  • Visual Arts
  • Business and Marketing

If your initial certification is in an area other than the above, please consult with BOCES’ Regional Certification Officers as well as Graduate Admissions to see how this program can still lead to professional certification.

Note that this program is distinct from our M.S. in School Psychology Program

Course Requirements, Faculty, & Learning Objectives

The Master’s in Educational Psychology degree program offers three schemes that students can choose from: General, Research, and School Psychology. A general set of program goals guides the experience of all students enrolled in the program. These general objectives are aligned with the Thelma P. Lally School of Education Professional Education Candidate Learning Outcomes as follow:

  • To instill knowledge of major theories of human development, learning, and motivation, as well as opportunities to apply this knowledge
  • To further awareness and appreciation of individual and cultural differences and how the knowledge of these differences can be used to optimize learning and development
  • To develop understanding of proper and ethical use of measurement and assessment to guide decision-making and practice
  • To provide knowledge and skills to access, critique, conduct, and report educational and psychological research in an ethical manner in order to enhance professional practices
  • To develop critical thinking skills by providing opportunities to articulate, both orally and in writing, how theories and principles can be applied to practice

Frequently Asked Questions

Since teachers are challenged with engaging a diverse group of students, educational psychology helps to break down the learning process and identify effective strategies for conductive learning.

It allows teachers to guide students on an individual level using lesson plans and learning media that fits the needs of the students.

The main difference between school psychology and educational psychology is school psychologists often work one-on-one with students with learning or behavioral challenges.

Educational psychologists will focus on studying the overall learning processes in a classroom and may be consultants or researchers.

The certification requirements for school psychology and educational psychology are different, although theses certification pathways can overlap.

If you are looking to become a school psychologist, you should find a program specifically designed for this certification pathway, such as the M.S. in School Psychology Program at Saint Rose.

Educational Psychology Handbook

Available as a PDF, read the guide for important information about the mission of our program, course requirements, online degree and other general information.

Download the Educational Psychology Handbook

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