Mar 02, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 

Educational Psychology [M.A.]

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Eastern Michigan University’s advanced professional education programs promote inquiry, advocacy, and leadership in education for a diverse and democratic society.

Mission Statement

The mission of the educational psychology program is to prepare educators as practitioners and researchers. The program prepares professionals who think critically about the ways diverse individuals learn and develop emotionally, cognitively, and socially. Students in this program ask questions, seek answers, and apply those answers in real-world situations.

Program Overview

This educational psychology program is offered entirely online in an asynchronous format. The foci of the program are the application of psychological theories, principles, and concepts to school and non-school settings. Specifically, the program prepares students to:

  1. Understand educational psychology concepts related to the cognitive, affective, physical and social development of children and adolescents;
  2. Apply educational psychology and principles of learning in school and non-school settings;
  3. Utilize the findings gained from research studies to create programs and environments that foster positive learning;
  4. Design research studies and assessments of student outcomes; and
  5. Understand the multiple dimensions of diversity and their potential impact on development and learning. 

Important Information

  • Teacher certification is not required for this program. Students in the program are a mix of P-12 teachers, other professionals, and people who are interested in human development, learning, and motivation as they are applied in various educational contexts.
  • This degree program does not lead to licensure in school psychology, counseling, or any other professional field.
  • Do you have questions regarding this program? Please contact Shawn Quilter (734.487.6567,

This program is available online. International applicants should check with International Admissions or program advisor before applying.

Online Education for Out-of-State Students  

Program Admission

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Meet the Graduate School admission requirements;
  • Hold a 2.75 undergraduate GPA or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate work or 3.3 GPA in 12 hours or more of work at the graduate level or a minimum 50th percentile on the Graduate Record Examination writing. International students must have a minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL; 
  • Furnish an analysis of professional goals written by the candidate. This analysis should include a description of how the chosen degree program will help meet the selected goals and how the candidate’s life experiences, accomplishments, and interests will contribute to his or her success in the program; and
  • Request and have submitted two letters of recommendation that address the candidate’s professional commitment, experience, and potential. The transcripts, analysis of goals and letters of recommendation should give evidence of potential for graduate-level scholarship.

Department Information

Teacher Education | Wendy Burke, Ph.D., Department Head | 313 Porter, 734.487.3260,

Advisor Information

Shawn Quilter, Ph.D., 313 Porter, 734.487.6567,

Degree Requirements: 30 hours

Required Culminating Experiences: 6 hours

Developing Learner Courses: 13 hours

At least 13 hours distributed among cognitive, emotional and social areas. Other courses may be selected in cooperation with an advisor.

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