The MA in Applied Educational Psychology is a degree program for educators, psychologists, and other professionals in education who are seeking to work with children, adolescents, families, and schools. The program focuses on the development of specialized knowledge and skills that maximize the effectiveness of the learning process and prepare candidates to conduct assessment, prevention, and interventions for students’ psychological and learning difficulties. The program equips candidates from a variety of backgrounds with the specialist knowledge and skills required to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally, and to serve as positive agents of change in challenging environments. This is achieved through an integrated curriculum of academic theory, skills development, and practical experiences in the form of a supervised practicum at appropriate professional settings.
Student & Graduate Profile
The MA in Applied Educational Psychology program prepares students to work primarily in schools, in organizations serving school-age populations, and in private practice. This degree is ideal for individuals who are interested in:
Working directly with children and adolescents
Supporting students with mental health needs by providing counseling, skill instruction, and learning and support plans
Assessing and evaluating individual differences to identify intervention strategies
Working collaboratively with parents and teachers to support children’s success
Using research to inform practices
Developing strong team member and leadership skills
Promoting appreciation and support for human diversity
Demonstrating the highest standards for ethical and professional behavior
Helping students thrive at home, in school, and in life.
Students must successfully complete 14 graduate-level courses, representing a total of 36 US credits, and carry out a practical training within a placement from our network of collaborating schools and organizations.
Theories of Learning and Human Development
Research Design and Data Analysis
Professional and Ethical Issues in Counseling and Psychotherapy
Diversity Issues in Counseling in Different Settings
Child and Adolescent Psychological Assessment
Learning Disabilities Assessment and Remediation
Child and Adolescent Therapeutic Interventions
Behavior Management & Applied Behavior Analysis
Family, School and Community Systems
Crisis Intervention in the Schools
Thesis in Applied Educational Psychology
Program Level Competencies
Upon successful completion of this program, participants should be able to:
- Demonstrate critical knowledge and understanding of the core theories in learning, human development, and developmental psychopathology.
- Demonstrate in-depth understanding of evidence based assessment techniques and interventions at the individual, group, and systems levels.
- Utilize evidence-based assessment techniques and interventions at the individual, group, and system levels.
- Demonstrate multicultural competence in communicating, consulting, and working effectively with individuals and families from diverse communities.
- Implement core ethical principles underpinning professional practice.
- Apply professional work characteristics including effective oral/written communication, and interpersonal skills.
- Construct the appropriate research design, collect data, and implement the necessary statistical techniques to answer research questions relevant to applied educational psychology.