On-Line MA Emphasis: Teaching Applications

The M.A. program in Educational Psychology: Teaching Applications at UNC is designed to give teachers access to the latest research on teaching and learning. The on-line program emphasizes developing an understanding of how both the brain and the environment influence learning across development, the nature of student motivation, and the role of society and culture in learning. Moreover, the program focuses on practical applications of research to the classroom. An M.A. in Educational Psychology will prepare teachers to effectively address critical tasks such as designing instruction that fosters critical thinking, helping students develop confidence and interest in learning, responding to state mandated tests and curriculum standards, and supporting disadvantaged students.


Marilyn Welsh, Ph.D., 970-351-2236, marilyn.welsh@unco.edu

How to get started:

Visit the Office of Extended Studies webpage for helpful instructions on submitting your application, and for the sequence of courses in this five-semester program.

Application requirements:

  • BA or BS degree from an accredited college or university.
  • 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of your undergraduate degree.
  • Two professional letters of recommendation. Complete our Recommendation Request Form to request letters of recommendation from two professional references.
  • If your undergraduate GPA (last 60 hours) is under 3.0, we require that you submit your Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores as part of your application. We will need scores from the Verbal, Quantitative and Writing sections of the GRE; we do not require the GRE Subject Test.
  • Personal Statement indicating your background and experiences relevant to this degree, why you selected the MA in Educational Psychology: Teaching Applications program, and what you hope to gain from this program. Your Personal Statement should be sent to: Grad.ApplicationMaterials@unco.edu.

Eligibility by State of Residence

Students who have residency in Arkansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Ohio, Maryland, and Tennessee cannot be accepted at this time. You can find more information about eligibility by state of residence by visiting http://www.unconline.edu/future/about/state_elig.shtml.


  • Please see the extended studies website for the program for more information on tuition rates for this program, as well as links to financial aid information.

Length and nature of program:

  • The program is completed in five consecutive semesters.
  • The students take two courses per semester. In the fall and spring semesters, these two courses are taken back-to-back in two 8 week sessions. In the summer semester, the two courses are taken concurrently in a single 8-week session that runs from early June through July.
  • All courses are delivered in an online format.
  • In the last semester, the students complete the MA Comprehensive Examination, 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.

Application deadline:

The application deadline for the 2014 cohort is April 1, 2014. The easiest way to apply is to submit your application online. If you are an international applicant, you should submit your application one month earlier (March 1, 2014). Because of the large number of applications we receive, we suggest submitting your complete application as early as possible to be sure that it is available to be reviewed in early April. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

Required Major Credits — 30 credit hours

  • PSY 600 Graduate Research Methodology (3)
  • PSY 500 Educational Psychology for Teachers (3)
  • PSY 530 Life Span Developmental Psychology (3)
  • PSY 640 Cultural Issues in Educational Psychology (3)
  • PSY 644 Motivation in Education (3)
  • PSY 681 Cognition and Instruction I (3)
  • PSY 575 Educational Assessment (3)
  • PSY 697 Master's Project in Psychology (3)
  • PSY 581 Brain and Education (3)
  • Elective Credits 3 hours [a rotating course that is on a cutting-edge topic in Educational Psychology]

NOTE: This program is offered according to a cohort model in which all students take the courses in the same sequence. All students will register for the same elective course that is offered during the specified semester. The required comprehensive examination will be satisfied by successful completion of the MA Project, as set forth in program guidelines.


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The fourth cohort in our online MA in Educational Psychology: Teaching Applications will begin coursework in June, 2013. For more information, please contact Dr. Marilyn Welsh.