An Online Master's Degree That Applies Psychology to Education / Teaching

The Educational Psychology Master of Arts – Teaching Applications Concentration 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.

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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.

Coursework (30 Credit Hours)

To see a typical list of courses by term, visit an example Current Students page for this program.

For full program requirement details, see the official program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog. Please note: the program course requirements are changing with the release of the 2022-23 catalog. The following new course offerings will replace PSY 500 and PSY 530:

  • PSY 533 Social Emotional Learning in Education (3)
  • PSY 562 Science of Creativity for Teaching (3)

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