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Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology

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Choose Saint Rose for Your 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.

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

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. 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.

Only Educational Psychology Master’s Program in New York with Online Option

Our online pathway affords busy professionals the flexibility to earn their degree in just two years or less.

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.

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

Welcome, international students!

We offer an on-campus course of study for this program that meets the visa requirements of international students. For added flexibility, international students can choose to take one online course each semester.

Our students come from diverse educational and career backgrounds – we welcome applicants with experience in education, as well as those who are new to the field.

I studied English literature when I was an undergrad student. I wanted to be an English teacher before, but I didn't know the learning theories, how to motivate students, and how to manage the classroom. Due to a lack of this knowledge, I chose the ed psych program at The College of Saint Rose.

The professors are so supportive and reachable. There are a bunch of resources to support my learning, like the Writing Center and the global admission center."

Xiuping Li

Xiuping Li G’20

Currently studying for a second master's degree in applied human development at Boston University. My program is Applied Human Development. After graduating in Fall 2022, she plans to apply for a Ph.D. program.

Professional Certification

This program is a professional certification pathway in New York State for teachers who hold initial certification in the following programs.

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.

  • 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

Course Requirements

Our flexible 30 credit program provides a solid foundation in the psychology of cognitive processes and human development as they affect individuals across the life span within a variety of learning and educational contexts.

Graduates leave our program with theory and skills that allow them to critique any instructional situation (e.g., teaching math in an inclusive classroom, leading adult workshops for the State Education Department, conducting parenting classes), and then to develop strategies, based on theory, that will help to create the optimal learning environment for the given learners.

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.

As a teacher, building strong, trustful relationships with students, parents, and colleagues has always been at the top of my list. I wholeheartedly believe that having a background in psychology helps me achieve this.

My favorite part of the ed psych program is definitely the professors within the program. I felt as though they truly believed in me and wanted me to succeed.”

Michaella Lamont G’21

Michaella Lamont G’21

Fifth-grade teacher at Dover Elementary School, Dover Plains, New York

Great Outcomes

Enhance the future of your students.

Rest assured, no matter where your future classroom is, you will leave Saint Rose knowing that what you do in your own classroom positively influences students’ futures.

  • Schools
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • State and Government Agencies
  • Businesses and Corporations
  • Health & Human Service Organizations
  • Community Training Programs
  • Professional Organizations

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Of course, if you have any questions, please reach out. We’re here to help.

Heta Miller, PhD
Program Coordinator, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology
Thelma P. Lally School of Education
432 Western Avenue, Albany, NY

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