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MA, Education and Human Development, Concentration: Research and Evaluation


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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 research, statistics, measurement and evaluation. In addition to basic coursework, you'll master relevant computer applications and serve an appropriate practicum/internship in this field.

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 two to three years taking one to three​ classes at a time. 

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

For additional information, contact education@ucdenver.edu or 303-315-6300.

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Our students come from a wide-array of education backgrounds.

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.

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 research and evaluation themes in today's schools.

There is a wide range of courses available to program students. Courses include: child development; adolescent development; human development over the lifespan; 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. The research and evaluation methods courses available to students include: basic statistics, research, measurement, evaluation, 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, especially those addressing data analysis, include related computer applications.​

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The Master of Arts program in Education and Human Development prepares graduates for careers in education, psychology, health and human services including:
Evaluation and test development specialist for book publishers/hospitals/testing centers
School and university educational researcher
Educational evaluator (special programs, organizations, etc.)
Educational researcher (research organizations, special programs, etc.)
Education consultant (for schools, non-profit organizations, military, health care, and government)
Government positions related to research and evaluation
P-12 teachers in research and evaluation tracks taking building leadership roles

A number of our graduates pursue doctoral studies.

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