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MS in Psychology - Educational Psychology

Future doctoral students or those seeking to develop psychological assessment, research, and motivational skills applicable in academic settings could benefit from the Master of Science in Psychology with a specialization in Educational Psychology program at Walden University. Read on for more details.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Psychology with a specialization in Educational Psychology

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Aspiring students of this MS program must hold a bachelor's degree or higher. A background in education and prior coursework in introductory psychology and an understanding of foundational psychology concepts and principles would be helpful, as studies will explore topics in assessment techniques, educational psychology perspectives, and research methodologies. Applicants to Walden University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Curriculum development, student motivation, learner characteristics, educational assessment and research techniques are among the main topics discussed in the Educational Psychology specialization of Walden University's online Master of Science in Psychology program. In the specialization, students can also choose classes that focus on adult learner theories and adult learner needs; types of tests used in educational and organizational settings; cognitive processes including language and intelligence; and learning theories. The program is offered in two tracks: Track I students take an applied course that covers data analysis to help prepare for work in the field, while Track II students instead take a quantitative reasoning and analysis course as they prepare for doctoral studies. In both tracks, students will take courses covering human development, the influence of culture on psychology, and theories of cognitive, learning, behavioral, and social development. A project in which the student addresses social change is required in the program's capstone.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

48 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Walden University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Psychology with a specialization in Educational Psychology:

Students must complete 25 credits in core coursework, 15 credits in specialization classes, a 3-credit foundation course, and a 5-credit capstone in order to earn this graduate degree. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Foundation Course (3 credits)

  • Foundations of Graduate Study in Psychology

Core Courses - Track I (25 credits)

  • Themes and Theories of Psychology
  • Lifespan Development
  • Culture and Psychology
  • Research Theory, Design, and Methods
  • Applied Psychology Research Methods

Core Courses - Track II (25 credits)

  • Themes and Theories of Psychology
  • Lifespan Development
  • Culture and Psychology
  • Research Theory, Design, and Methods
  • Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis

Capstone Course (5 credits)

  • MS in Psychology Capstone

Specialization Courses: Educational Psychology (15 credits)

  • Educational Psychology
  • Students choose two of the following courses:
    • Adult Learning
    • Tests and Measurement
    • Theories of Learning

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of the MS in Psychology - Educational Psychology Track II program should be prepared to pursue a doctorate in the field. A doctoral degree is necessary for those who intend to teach or assume administrative responsibilities at colleges or universities, take on counseling or psychotherapy roles, or are interested in directorial positions at research institutions. Doctoral studies could delve deeper into such topics as counseling research evaluation, psychology teaching methods, motivation theories, and research methods.

Doctoral degrees graduates could pursue include, but are not limited to:

  • PhD in School Psychology
  • PhD in Educational Psychology
  • Doctor of Education in School Psychology
  • PhD in Psychology with a specialization in School Psychology

Career Paths:

Graduates who enrolled in the Track I format of the MS in Psychology in Educational Psychology program might be able to begin exploring career opportunities in K-12 school settings or corporate HR departments. They might evaluate current teaching methods, assist in curriculum development, develop professional training programs, or oversee online learning or adult learning programs.

A few career possibilities for graduates include:

  • Instructional coordinator
  • Educational program evaluator
  • Test and assessment developer
  • Training and development specialist

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