Learning is an ongoing process, but that process isn't the same for everyone. The Master of Science degree in Educational Psychology at the University of North Texas focuses on research, measurement and intervention related to learning and cognition.

Graduate opportunities

In addition to an in-depth familiarity with research and assessment processes, our program will help you develop a thorough understanding of the physical, cognitive, behavioral and social-emotional influences that affect learning. This knowledge will prepare you for a variety of leadership roles in educational and community settings.

We offer coursework in four specialization areas:

  • Family policy and program administration
  • Gifted and talented
  • Learning and development
  • Research, measurement and evaluation

Several of these provide avenues for earning additional professional certification or licensing. Our programs have been recognized by the National Council on Family Relations and U.S. News and World Report.

Gain new perspectives

Our faculty members have diverse research and professional interests leading to high-quality, intervention-based research in:

  • Academic acceleration of gifted students
  • Adolescent development
  • Educational and cognitive assessment
  • Evaluation of intervention programs in schools and other settings
  • Parent-child relationships
  • Parent involvement
  • Therapy with abused children

You also can network with other professionals in the field through internships and practicums.

Outstanding student support

UNT provides a wide variety of services exclusively for graduate students. The Graduate Writing Support Center can help you with writing, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research offers assistance with statistical research.

The Toulouse Graduate School® offers several professional development workshops. Many of the workshops are available online for your convenience.

The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (1140 19th St. NW Suite 400; Washington, D.C. 20036; telephone 202-223-0077). This accreditation means we meet or exceed strict academic standards for excellence in education. The college also is one of Texas' top producers of teachers, administrators, counselors and other school professionals.

Research centers and opportunities

The Department of Educational Psychology, which oversees this degree program, is affiliated with various research and intervention centers. These affiliations provide research and development opportunities for faculty and students.

The Kristin Farmer Autism Center provides opportunities for research and intervention with individuals with autism.

The Office for Giftedness, Talent Development and Creativity is committed to transforming potential into excellence through innovative education opportunities, research and community outreach.

The Office of Research Consulting provides research and statistical consulting services to.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

You need to meet the admission requirements for the graduate school and provide the department with the following materials:

  • Official GRE scores less than five years old
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement of your goals and rationale for applying to the program (one to three pages maximum)
  • Two letters of recommendation from academic or professionally applicable sources

Program acceptance is based on a holistic review of all submitted materials, GRE scores, GPA, and academic and professional experiences.

Degree requirements

  • 6 credit hours of educational psychology core courses
  • 18 credit hours of concentration area courses
  • 6 credit hours of electives (chosen in consultation with your faculty advisor)
  • 3 credit hours of supervised research (capstone) course

Financial assistance

Financial assistance is available to help you pursue your degree. These opportunities include working with professors as teaching assistants or on research projects. We also offer several scholarships.

Information about other financial assistance programs is at the financial aid website or the graduate school website.


Mei Chang, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Ball State University. Cognitive processing and learning outcomes; neuropsychological assessment and functioning; measure of executive functions in diverse learners.

Qi Chen, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Texas A&M University. Growth mixture modeling; structural equation modeling; hierarchical linear modeling; longitudinal data analysis; mediation analysis.

Cynthia Frosch, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Early childhood mental health; parenting children from birth to 5 years; parent-child relational health; early childhood workforce development.

Rebecca J. Glover, Professor; Ph.D., Texas Tech University. Moral development and reasoning; cognitive development; lifespan development.

Robin K. Henson, Professor and Department Chair; Ph.D., Texas A&M University. Applied general linear model analyses; measurement and assessment; reliability generalization; self-efficacy and motivational theory.

Darrell Hull, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Baylor University. Educational measurement; psychometrics.

Wendy Middlemiss, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Syracuse University. Educational psychology; child, adolescent and family development; infant sleep; parenting and child care.

Yolanda Mitchell, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Kansas State University. Family life education; family science; parenting; life skills for success.

Rachel Mun, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Washington. Gifted education; mixed methods; immigrant education.

Prathiba Natesan, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Texas A&M University. Analysis of large-scale datasets; factor, discriminant and other multivariate analyses; item response theory; differential item functioning.

Anne Rinn, Professor; Ph.D., Indiana University. Gifted education; development of self-concept; social and emotional development of the gifted and creative; college student development.

Abbas Tashakkori, Professor; Ph.D., University of North Carolina. Research and evaluation methodology.