University of Northern Colorado

Educational Psychology

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The Educational Psychology programs at the University of Northern Colorado provide students with a solid foundation in theories of learning and teaching with an emphasis on cognitive, motivational, and social/cultural perspectives.

The Masters of Arts program provides students with a grounding in theories of teaching and learning and trains students in critical thinking, critical reading/writing, and research. The program prepares students to enter PhD programs in Educational Psychology or related fields, or to work in educational research, evaluation, or assessment in a variety of public and private educational contexts.

The online Masters of Arts program, Educational Psychology: Teaching Applications, is designed specifically for teachers. Teachers will learn about the brain, cognitive processes, motivation, social/cultural influences, 21st century skills, and transformative learning through interactive and applied courses. Problem-based learning methods allow teachers to use their own classrooms as contexts for studying teaching and learning. Practical assignments support teachers in applying the latest research to such activities as revising lesson plans, trying out new programs, developing assessments, addressing diversity, and working with difficult students.

The Doctoral (PhD) program uniquely trains students in the scholar-teacher model. Students are trained as scholars who have deep content knowledge, critical reading/writing skills, and advanced research skills. Students are mentored in researching and publishing through an apprenticeship, comprehensive exam project, and dissertation. Students are also trained in college teaching through course instruction, mentorship, and diverse teaching opportunities. Our doctoral program prepares students for academic positions in higher education, to work within school systems and departments of education, and to apply their knowledge of educational theory and research to private industry or consulting.

We also offer a Masters degree en route to the PhD. Students may apply for admission to the PhD in Education Psychology and complete their M.A. in Education Psychology on the way to the doctoral degree.

For more information on how to apply for the WRGP resident tuition rate for this program, please contact:

Marilyn Welsh, PhD
Professor and Coordinator of Graduate Programs
School of Psychological Sciences
Telephone: (970) 351-2236


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