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School of Education and Human Development University of Colorado Denver

School of Education and Human Development

MA, Educational Psychology Concentration: Human Development

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 educational psychology 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 in-depth understanding about educational psychology as it relates to human development. You'll study developmental characteristics of children, adolescents, and adults - including cognitive, social and emotional, language, and physical development.

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, and some over weekends, etc. Students complete the 36 credits in 2 to 3 years taking 1 to 3 classes at a time. 

The School of Education & Human Development has proposed changing the name of the Educational Psychology degree to Education and Human Development. If approved, the name change could go into effect as soon as Fall, 2015.​ 

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

Our students come from a wide-array of 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 an educational psychology 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 be counted toward the Educational Psychology master's degree.

Your plan of study includes 36 hours of coursework.

Course requirements 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 human development themes in today's schools.

There is a wide range of educational psychology (EPSY) and research/evaluation methodology (REM) courses available to program students. For example, three learning courses are available that address approaches to young children's learning, human learning, of school-age persons, and adult learning. Three courses also address development - child development, adolescent development, and human development over the lifespan. Some EPSY courses available are: 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 REM courses available to students also are numerous. Orientation courses exist in basic statistics, research, measurement, and evaluation. Courses designed especially for educators include assessment for teachers and research for teachers. Courses in REM 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 Educational Psychology prepares graduates for careers in education, psychology, health, and human services including:
K-12 teacher
Community college instructor
Educational researcher in schools, universities, and private organizations
Educational evaluator
Educational human development specialist
Education consultant (for schools, non-profit organizations, military, health care, hospitals, and government)

A number of our graduates pursue doctoral studies in educational psychology, as well as in psychology.


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