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Study how people learn and retain knowledge, and how you can use psychological science to improve learning and promote educational success. At UNC, you’ll find flexible degree options, on-campus and online, that you can complete on a schedule that works for you. Courses are designed to help you grow your professional abilities and advance your career, with classes led by award-winning faculty with extensive research experience. You’ll also have many diverse and valuable opportunities to pursue your own research, learn in the field and participate in graduate student organizations such as the Educational Psychology Society.

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Meet your career needs and learning preferences with our on-campus and online M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Educational Psychology.

M.A. in Educational Psychology

Whether you’re a teacher looking to develop more effective instructional methods, or you’re interested in gaining expertise in occupational learning, UNC’s master’s degree program in Educational Psychology will prepare you with the skills and knowledge to lead in your field. The master’s degree can be completed in one year or spread out over a longer time period, depending on your needs. The program is offered at our main campus in Greeley, Colorado.

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Online M.A. in Educational Psychology: Teaching Applications

Get access to the latest research on teaching and learning at Colorado's top-ranked university for online graduate programs in education. Our online master’s degree program focuses on practical applications of research to the classroom and includes numerous hands-on opportunities for real-world learning. You’ll work closely with expert faculty and collaborate with a cohort of other education professionals in a classroom that’s accessible 24/7. The online program begins each summer term and can be completed in 19 months. 

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Ph.D. in Educational Psychology

Gain a solid foundation in research, teaching and leadership in UNC’s Educational Psychology Doctor of Philosophy program. The Ph.D. program prepares you for diverse professional pathways including instruction, evaluation, test construction, educational research, educational consulting to business and public schools and university teaching. In addition to a rigorous course curriculum, you’ll learn through direct collaboration on research projects with faculty members, service experiences and involvement in student organizations. Our program is flexible, and we help you design a course of study that best suits your needs.

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Doctoral Minor: Applied Statistics and Research Methods

A popular option for teachers around the state of Colorado, the doctoral minor in Applied Statistics and Research Methods will help you gain the skills to conduct statistical analyses and evaluations for educational and state agencies. 

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Your Future in Educational Psychology

At UNC, you'll have access to research and experiential learning opportunities that will advance your career, and you’ll benefit from the close mentorship of dedicated, accessible faculty who are here to help you succeed.

Consider UNC’s Educational Psychology programs if you:

  • Enjoy helping others learn
  • Excel at adapting to different challenges, making observations and solving problems
  • Want flexible program options that allow you to manage time at work and home

You’ll learn:

  • How to make learning more meaningful and relevant to students’ experiences in the real world
  • How to motivate students of different ages and diverse cultural backgrounds
  • How to design instruction that fosters critical thinking and helps students develop confidence and interest in learning

Sample classes:

  • Educational Psychology for Teachers
  • Life Span Developmental Psychology
  • Cognitive Development
  • Advanced Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • Principles of Neuropsychology
  • Cultural Issues in Educational Psychology

Marilyn Welsh


Marilyn Welsh, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

Marilyn Welsh, Ph.D., teaches content-rich classes in developmental psychology that combine lectures with classroom discussion. Her goal is to link the topic area, whether it is research methods or child psychology, to current issues in society while providing students with the practical, critical thinking skills to make informed decisions about their own lives. The author of numerous scholarly articles, her research has been funded by organizations including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation.

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Beyond the Classroom

One of the best ways to improve educational systems is to find more effective ways of teaching. Likewise, corporations, government agencies and other types of organizations are looking for ways to facilitate better learning practices and maximize employee training in the workplace. For all of these reasons, a background in educational psychology will prepare you for a wide range of careers.

Where can your degree take you?

When you complete your M.A. or Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at UNC you can pursue a range of career opportunities, including:

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

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