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Master of Arts in 
Educational Psychology

Course Descriptions

EDP 600. Educational Psychology. 3 Hours.

Designed for beginning graduate students. Psychological principles of learning and development as they relate to processes of instruction. 

EDP 610. Measurement/Assessment for the Classroom Teacher. 3 Hours.

An examination and application of classroom testing and measurement principles in the assessment and evaluation of student performance.

EDP 611. Measurement/Evaluation in Educational Psychology. 3 Hours.

An introductory course in measurement and evaluation in educational psychology with an emphasis on the principles and procedures in conducting and analyzing educational measurement.

EDP 612. Introduction to Research. 3 Hours.

Basic concepts, strategies, methodologies, designs, and procedures of research in education. Major emphasis on integrating research designs, measurements, and statistics for initiating research projects, collecting and analyzing data, and interpreting and reporting findings.

EDP 613. Statistical Methods 1. 3 Hours.

PR: EDP 612. Basic concepts of statistical models, distributions, probability, random variables, tests of hypotheses, confidence intervals, regressions, correlation, transformation, F and chi-square distributions, and analysis of variance and sample size.

EDP 614. Statistical Methods 2. 3 Hours.

PR: EDP 613. Extension of basic concepts of statistical models, design of experiments, multiway classification models, factorials, split plot design, simple covariance, orthogonal comparisons, multiple linear and nonlinear regression and correlation analysis, chi-square and nonparametric statistics.

EDP 616. Non-parametric Statistics. 3 Hours.

EDP 617. Program Evaluation. 3 Hours.

PR: EDP 613 and SCFD 615. An awareness of the purposes, ethics, issues of design, methods, and models of program evaluation.

EDP 618. Mixing Research Methodologies. 3 Hours.

PR: EDP 613 and SCFD 615. Students will focus on choices available for and processes involved in mixing qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation methodologies.

EDP 619. Survey Research Methods. 3 Hours.

PR: EDP 613. Course addresses how to design, implement, and analyze surveys for the purposes of social sciences research. 

EDP 640. Instructional Design. 3 Hours.

PR: Graduate standing. Introduces the major components of the instructional design process, from needs analysis through evaluation and implementation. Students will demonstrate the elements of the process with a design plan for an instructional project.

EDP 680. Capstone Seminar in Program Evaluation. 3 hours.

Emphasis on initiating and completing a program evaluation at the local, region or state level under guidance of instructor. Application of evaluative concepts, methods and theories as they relate to practice in different professions. Exposure to differing evaluation literature focused on theory and practice.

EDP 700. Psychological Foundations of Learning. 3 Hours.

Psychological foundations of major learning theories and their implications for instructional procedures.

EDP 702. Human Development and Behavior. 3 Hours.

Contemporary psychological literature on human development examined and analyzed. Research and theory are examined with emphasis on the implications for classroom behavior and the educational process. It is recommended that students complete EDP 600 prior to registering for this course.

EDP 703. The Adult Learner. 3 Hours.

Analysis of significant characteristics of adult behavior to be considered in planning for adult learning. Contemporary theories are analyzed with emphasis on their implications for the educational process. It is recommended that students complete EDP 600 prior to registering for this course.

EDP 710. Seminar: Educational Research. 3 Hours.

PR: EDP 613 and SCFD 615. Identification of research problems in education, consideration of alternative designs and methods of investigation, and development of a research proposal at the advanced graduate level.

EDP 711. Multivariate Methods 1. 3 Hours.

PR: EDP 614. Basic matrix operations, multiple regression analysis, discriminant analysis for two groups, multivariate analysis if variance for one and two-way designs, and analysis of covariance involving multiple covariates. Applying SPSS Procedure Matrix for data analyses. 

EDP 712. Multivariate Methods 2. 3 Hours.

PR: STAT 511 or equivalent. Matrix operations, multivariate multiple regression analysis, canonical correlation analysis, discriminant analysis for multiple groups, qualitative discriminant analysis applying Bayes' theorem, principle component analysis, and fundamentals of common factor analysis. Data analyses with SAS Procedure Matrix. (Alternate years.).

EDP 730. Cognition and Learning. 3 Hours.

Theories of knowledge representation including information processing models, learning strategies across content areas and transfer of learning strategies; additional focus on problem-solving, expertise, strategic reading, and strategy instruction. 

EDP 731. Cognition in Social Contexts. 3 Hours.

PR: EDP 730. Application of social learning theory in current literature and practice. Emphasis on theory in application in cooperative and group learning situations.

EDP 740. Principles of Instruction. 3 Hours.

Basic principles of teaching-learning process implied in major learning theories; study of factors in learning, variables in instructional programming, and principles of instructional design.