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Educational Psychology

Master's Degree Program

Graduate opportunities

Learning is an ongoing process, but how that process operates 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.

In addition to an in-depth familiarity with research and assessment processes, you'll develop a thorough understanding of the physical, cognitive, behavioral and social-emotional influences affecting one's learning. This knowledge prepares you for a variety of leadership roles in educational and other community settings.

We offer course work in five specialization areas:

  • Child life
  • Family science
  • Gifted and talented
  • Learning and development
  • Research and evaluation

Several of the concentrations 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 can also network with other professionals in the field through internships and practicums.

Outstanding student support

UNT provides a wide variety of services exclusively to graduate students. The Graduate Student Writing Support office 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 Accreditation of Teacher Education (1140 19th St., 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 is also 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 Office of Research Consulting provides research and statistical consulting services to faculty and students.

The Office of Family Science Education, Research and Policy provides research and outreach to support parent and family educators, family support professionals and other students.

The Institute for Behavioral and Learning Differences serves as a resource for professionals, parents, schools and community and state agencies. Much of the research focuses on understanding, developing and initiating strategies involving unique behavioral and learning characteristics.

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

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

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

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

Being accepted to the program 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

Limited 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.