Educational Psychology Master of Arts:
Teaching Applications Emphasis
Online Degree Program

A Teaching Master's with a Psychology Focus

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Students in the Educational Psychology: Teaching Applications master’s will develop an understanding of classroom methods that balance engaged learning with preparation for state-mandated testing measurements. This program serves teachers who want to foster critical thinking and student confidence in their classrooms.

Program Outcomes Include

  • How the brain and the environment influence learning across development
  • The nature of student motivation
  • The role of society and culture in learning
  • Developing student confidence and interest in learning

This online program begins each Summer term. The application deadline each year for that summer is April 1. You can complete this master's degree in 19 months, gaining the tools to optimize teaching and learning processes in the classroom.

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
  • Business and industry training, research or evaluation positions
  • Measurement and assessment positions in industry, business or school systems

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Academic Program Coordinator Marilyn Welsh hosted an online information meeting covering program details, application steps and questions from potential students. The presentation has chapter titles so you can choose which portions you would like to view (total running time is 29:38). You may need to complete the Wimba Setup Wizard if you have not attended a Wimba online meeting before.

"I knew I had made a wise choice."
“I enthusiastically endorse the Educational Psychology MA Program at UNC, and recommend it for any educator that wants to take his or her teaching to the next level! It took me quite some time to settle on a master's program and I was hesitant to pursue one with an online format. However, from the first week on through to the end of the program, I knew I had made a wise choice.
I can say without reservation that the Educational Psychology MA program helped me become a better informed, reflective and well-rounded educator. The online format was very user-friendly and in some regards—such as composing well thought out responses and ideas—far exceeded a traditional classroom experience. In addition, all of my interactions with the instructors were positive. Each took the time to respond to questions and offer constructive feedback, and all demonstrated exceptional knowledge in their field.”
–David San Juan, program graduate

More Resources

We also encourage you to visit the School of Psychological Sciences page for this program.

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Contact the Academic Program Coordinator

Educational Psychology MA: Teaching Applications Emphasis
Academic Program Coordinator

Marilyn Welsh
(970) 351-2236

UNC Ed PsychMA: Teaching Emph
501 20th St, CB 94
Greeley, CO  80639

Course of Study

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.

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.

  Summer Fall Spring
Year 1

PSY 500 Educational Psychology for Teachers (3) – June-July

PSY 530 Life Span Developmental Psychology (3) – 1st 8-week session

PSY 644 Motivation in Education (3) – 1st 8-week session

PSY 600 Graduate Research Methodology (3)– June-July

PSY 640 Cultural Issues in Educational Psychology (3) – 2nd 8-week session

PSY 681 Cognition and Instruction I (3) – 2nd 8-week session

Year 2

PSY 595 Special Topics in Psychology, or other elective (3) – June-July

PSY 697 Master's Project in Psychology (3-6) – 1st 8-week session


PSY 575 Educational Assessment (3) – June-July

PSY 581 Brian and Education (3) – 2nd 8-week session


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