Facilities for graduate study include an extensive library developed specifically for education and psychology, Academic Computing, and the College of Education's Learning Technology Center. The Measurement and Evaluation Center, the Educational Psychology Training and Research Area, the Counseling and Mental Health Center, and state and community institutions and agencies in Austin can also be used for training and research.
Professional training in educational psychology relates human behavior to the educational process as it occurs in the home, in peer groups, in nursery school through graduate school, in business and industry, in the military, in institutions for those with physical or mental disabilities, and in other settings. In so doing, it includes study in the following areas: the biological bases of behavior; history and systems of psychology and of education; the psychology of learning, motivation, cognition, and instruction; human development and education (developmental, social, and personality psychology); psychological and educational measurement, statistics, evaluation, and research methodology; the professional areas of school psychology and counseling psychology, including clinical training in those areas; and general academic educational psychology. Special interests include computer applications to learning and instruction, psychometrics, self-regulated and strategic learning, and the processing and analysis of data in psychological and educational research.
The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring semester 2000-2001.
Master of Arts
The Master of Arts degree in educational psychology is available to students enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy degree program who wish to complete a master's degree on the way to the doctorate or who are allowed by the Graduate Studies Committee to elect a terminal master's degree. It is also available to students in the academic educational psychology degree program.
A minimum of twelve semester hours of upper-division coursework in psychology or educational psychology, or an appropriate equivalent, is a prerequisite for the degree. Further information about requirements and optional plans is available from the graduate adviser.
Master of Education
This degree is offered for those fulfilling the requirements for a certificate as a school counselor, for which prior teacher certification or an equivalent approved by the Graduate Studies Committee in educational psychology is required; and for students intending to be counselors in postsecondary education settings. It is also available to students in the academic educational psychology degree program. A minimum of twelve semester hours of upper-division coursework in psychology or educational psychology, or an appropriate equivalent, is a prerequisite for the degree. Further information about requirements and optional plans is available from the graduate adviser.
Doctor of Philosophy
The student applying for admission to candidacy must follow the course requirements that have been set by the Graduate Studies Committee and must pass such oral and written examinations as the committee may specify. To advance to candidacy, the student must present acceptable scores on such required tests as the Graduate Record Examinations Psychology Test, taken within the past five years. Before advancement to candidacy, the student must also submit evidence of competence in a modern foreign language or a computer language, or a substitute approved by the Graduate Studies Committee.
Most students require at least four years beyond the bachelor's degree to complete the program, including internship; many take five years or more. A significant proportion of students in programs not requiring an internship can complete the program in three to five years, including summer sessions. Further information about requirements is available from the graduate adviser in educational psychology.
Campus address: George I. Sanchez Building (SZB) 504, phone (512) 471-4155, fax (512) 471-1288; campus mail code: D5800
Mailing address: Graduate Program, Department of Educational Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712-1296
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