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On Campus
Est. time to complete:

1-3 years
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Instill a lifelong love of learning in others.
The Master of Science with a concentration in Learning and Development provides students an opportunity to advance their knowledge and understanding of human development from infancy through adulthood, while also gaining foundational knowledge in Educational Psychology.

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Why Earn a Learning and Development Educational Psychology Master's?

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.

Emphasis is given to physical, cognitive, social and emotional development across the lifespan, as well as motivation and learning across contexts.

The 33-hour degree plan is flexible, allowing you to select four elective courses that best fit your interests and career goals.

Marketable Skills
  • Critique and apply research
  • Employ appropriate assessment/statistical analyses
  • Provide technical assistance to agencies
  • Oral and written communication
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to improve outcomes

Learning and Development Educational Psychology Master's Highlights

Earn a master’s degree in as little as 15 months or go at a slower pace, with five different starting points throughout the year.
The College of Education is one of Texas' top producers of teachers, administrators, counselors and other school professionals.
Courses are offered on a rotation schedule via two 8-week terms during the fall and spring semesters and 3-week, 5-week and 10-week terms during the summer.
The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, which means we meet or exceed strict academic standards for excellence in education.
The Department of Educational Psychology, which oversees this degree program, is affiliated with various research and intervention centers that provide research and development opportunities for faculty and students.
Our programs have been recognized by the National Council on Family Relations and U.S. News and World Report.

What Can You do With a Learning and Development Educational Psychology Master's?

Graduates seek careers in educational environments, community-based social service programs, non-profit organizations, government agencies and business/research organizations and institutions that support individuals and families.

Top 3 Careers

  • Learning and Development Specialist
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Community Based Service

Learning and Development Educational Psychology Master's Courses You Could Take

Foundations of Educational Research Methodology (3 hrs)
Overview of the process of conducting research, from formulating research questions to sampling, data collection, analysis and drawing inferences. The main focus is on being able to understand, evaluate and utilize published research, both qualitative and quantitative. Final product is a detailed critique of published research.
Infant and Child Development (3 hrs)
Findings and implications of current theory and research in emotional, social, cognitive, language, physical and perceptual development from birth through infancy and middle childhood.
Advanced Adolescent Development (3 hrs)
Focus on early and late adolescent development based on physiological, socioemotional, and cognitive changes. Application of theories and research particularly as related to cultural, neurological, academic, and social changes and their implications for adolescent functioning and later adult developmental outcomes.
Developmental Change Across Adulthood (3 hrs)
Theories and research regarding developmental growth and change from emerging adulthood through old age. Topics of study and discussion focus on aspects of physical, cognitive, social, moral, and emotional development across adulthood; how they interact; and cross-cultural issues related to the study of adulthood.
Learning Theories (3 hrs)
Examination of theories of learning and their applications to teaching and learning contexts.
Introduction to Educational Psychology (3 hrs)
Review of theories and applications of educational psychology; basic concepts in learning, cognition, development and their applications to teaching and learning context.

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