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Educational Psychology

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

If you aspire to motivate students in your classroom, promote cultural understanding, or research educational theories and practices, a Master’s in Educational Psychology from Saint Rose can open these opportunities for you. Individuals from varied backgrounds and with diverse career plans enter our program. Our flexible program, which is offered online or through traditional on-campus classes, may lead to professional teacher certification but is also appropriate for non-education backgrounds.

Program Highlights

The Masters in Educational Psychology program, which leads to a Master of Science in Education degree, provides a solid foundation in the psychology of cognitive processes and human behavior as they affect individuals across the life span within a variety of learning and educational contexts.

Graduates leave our program with skills that allow them to critique any instructional situation and develop strategies, based on theory, that will help to create the optimal learning environment for the given learners. Students are challenged to become independent thinkers, to value their roles as professionals and to become contributing members of the larger community.

Students choose from one of three schemes that lead to the degree:

  1. General Scheme: designed for students who seek a broad understanding of educational psychology and its application to diverse contexts
  2. Research Scheme: preferred by students – often aiming for their Ph.D. in Educational Psychology – who will be conducting empirical research in their careers
  3. School Psychology Scheme: open only to those who have been admitted into the Certificate of Advanced Study in School Psychology

Online Program Option

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.

Professional Certification Pathway for Teachers

Both our on-campus and online programs serve as professional certification pathway for teachers who hold an initial certification in the following areas:

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

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

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