An Online Master's Degree That Applies Psychology to Education / Teaching
The Educational Psychology Master of Arts – Teaching Applications Emphasis is designed specifically for teachers. You will gain tools that help you optimize teaching and learning processes in the classroom via our strategically-designed online program:
- Problem-based learning methods allow you to use your own classroom as a context for studying learning and teaching.
- Practical assignments let you apply the latest research to activities such as revising lesson plans, trying out new programs, developing assessments, addressing diversity, and working with difficult students.
- Interactive courses allow you to build relationships with instructors and fellow students.
This Program Will Enhance Your Knowledge of...
- How the brain works
- The role of society and culture in learning
- How to foster deep-level learning and 21st century skills
- The nature of student motivation
- How to develop student confidence and interest in learning
- How to make learning transformative
Career Options for Graduates
Depending on your interests, prior experiences and existing certifications, this degree can prepare you to excel in the following positions:
- Teaching: Advance your K–12, community college and child care teaching
- Educational consulting/training
- Business and industry training, research or evaluation positions
- Measurement and assessment positions in industry, business or school systems
Please note that this degree does not include licensure. If you would like to become a licensed teacher, counselor or psychologist, consider the following programs.
Time to Completion:
5 terms (19 months)
Delivery Option & Start Term:
Online program: starts each Summer term
This 30-credit-hour program is completed online in five consecutive academic terms.
- All students will take the same two courses each term and progress through the program together.
- In the Fall and Spring semesters, the two courses are taken back-to-back in two 8-week sessions. In the summer term, the two courses are taken concurrently in a single 8-week session that runs from early June through July.
Courses by Term
To see a typical list of courses by term, visit an example Current Students page for this program.
Year 1 – Summer
- PSY 500 Educational Psychology for Teachers (3) – June-July
- PSY 600 Graduate Research Methodology (3) – June-July
Year 1 – Fall
- PSY 530 Life Span Developmental Psychology (3) – 1st 8-week session
- PSY 640 Cultural Issues in Educational Psychology (3) – 2nd 8-week session
Year 1 – Spring
Year 2 – Summer
- PSY 595 Special Topics in Psychology, or other elective (3) – June-July
- PSY 575 Educational Assessment (3) – June-July
Year 2 – Fall
Students will complete the Comprehensive Examination in the last semester, which involves writing a paper that applies their knowledge of Educational Psychology to a topic or issue that is relevant to their practice as teachers or in other educational settings.
For full details, see the official program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.
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