School of Psychological Sciences Masters Students
Ever wondered how the brain works? Been perplexed by people who display learned helplessness or self-handicapping behavior? Wished you could teach others to think critically? Contemplated the consequences of standardized assessments? Been concerned about the education of minority or gifted students?
If so, you would enjoy pursuing a master's degree in Educational Psychology. Educational Psychology is the study of human learning and motivation. It encompasses investigations of cognition and the brain, the relationship between cognition and technology, the influence of affect, goals, and interest on learning, the psychology of teaching, the effectiveness of instructional interventions, and the social psychology of learning organizations. It addresses such issues in school contexts, work contexts, and everyday contexts such as the home or museums.
A master's degree in Educational Psychology is valuable for a diverse population including teachers seeking to develop their own philosophy of instruction and student learning, individuals interested in researching human learning and motivation, consultants wishing to develop expertise in occupational learning, and persons seeking employment in school districts, departments of education, or other education-related organizations.
The master's program at UNC is designed to be flexible and authentic. Courses are offered on campus, at off-campus extension sites in Denver and other locations, and online. The degree can be completed in one year or spread out over a longer time period. Core courses are offered during the summer to accommodate teachers’ schedules.
UNC faculty members are dedicated to quality teaching and student advising, while still serving as leaders and scholars in the field.