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MA, Education and Human Development, Concentration: Assessment

Are you interested in delving into researched-based knowledge and developing skills and attitudes that will help improve teaching-learning processes and student achievement? Do you want to help inform a wide range of practices and concerns within education? As an Education and Human Development MA student, you'll be encouraged to focus your creativity, imagination and intelligence on real-world challenges impacting learning environments, basing your recommendations and decisions on research findings and objective evidence. This program concentration provides opportunities for you to develop an in-depth understanding about assessment. You'll address issues in both classroom and large-scale assessment and focus on other forms of assessment, such as portfolios and performance assessments. You also may specialize in assessment in a content area like literacy or mathematics.

You will study with outstanding faculty who will help you develop professionally by connecting you to knowledge and practices apparent in today's schools - some traditional, some innovative and most reform-oriented.

Classes are designed to fit your busy schedule, some face-to-face , some online, some on weekends, etc. Students complete the 30 credits in 2 -3 years taking 1 to 3 classes at a time.

Note: The School of Education & Human Development has recently changed the name of this degree from Educational Psychology to Education and Human Development.

For additional information, contact or 303-315-6300.


Our students come from a wide-array of education backgrounds, usually educational and often psychological.

After gaining admission to the program, your course of study will walk you through the various competencies that are required. At the end of the program, you'll complete a practicum, an independent study project, or a master's thesis. You will need to perform satisfactorily on a written, comprehensive examination. Final course grades lower than a B- will not count toward the Education and Human Development master's degree.


Your plan of study includes 30 credit hours of coursework or 21 if you obtained a teaching license through CU Denver's Graduate Teacher Education program.

Some courses incorporate multiple perspectives, themes of equity and social justice, a focus on the needs and experiences of diverse children and youth, and implications for leadership around assessment themes in today's schools.

There is a wide range of courses available to program students. Courses include: children's thinking; the psychology of gifted, talented and creative children; social psychology of learning, cognition and instruction; human motivation; advanced abnormal psychology; theories of personality development and change; and a seminar focusing on the history and contributions of educational psychology. They also include: basic statistics, research, measurement and evaluation. Courses designed especially for educators include assessment for teachers and research for teachers. Courses in research and evaluation methodologies also are taught dealing with qualitative research (both basic and advanced), intermediate statistics, survey research, mixed methods research, advanced quantitative design and analysis courses, and the like. Many of these courses, expecially those addressing data analysis, include related computer applications.​

The Master of Arts Program in Education and Human Development prepares graduates for careers in education, psychology, health and human services including:
P-12 teachers
School and central office administrators
Test development specialist for book publishers/hospitals/testing centers
Educational researchers in schools, universities, and private organizations
Educational evaluator
Educational measurement specialists
Education consultant (for schools, non-profit organizations, military, health care, and government)
Government positions related to assessment

A number of our graduates pursue doctoral studies.


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