Undergraduate majors in psychology, sociology, education, business, English, mathematics, and communication find educational psychology to be a useful and exciting degree.  Majors in educational psychology get to use “both sides” of their brain.  They learn how the human mind can think, learn, problem solve, and self-reflect.  They also learn how to think analytically in order to evaluate ideal conditions for people to use their minds as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Degree Programs

Wichita State University offers several degree program options grounded in Educational Psychology:

Master's in Education in Educational Psychology

The master's in educational psychology (MEd) has wide applicability and can be obtained in 3 ways:

MEd in Educational Psychology General Track

Educational Psychology General Track - Thesis Option

The thesis option requires 32 credit hours of coursework plus an oral examination over the thesis.

Educational Psychology General Track - Non-thesis Option

The nonthesis option requires 33 credit hours of coursework and a written comprehensive examination.

MEd in Educational Psychology with Customizable Specializations

Educational Psychology with Customizable Specializations

The customizable specializations allow students to collaborate with their academic advisor to determine electives that meet the student's needs and interests with emphasis on specific skills and knowledge.

Available Specialization Options
  • Learning and Memory
  • Behavioral Management and Motivation
  • Diversity and Advocacy
  • Program Evaluation
  • Professional Development
  • Institutional and Industrial Consultation
  • Social Psychology and Leadership SKills
  • School Psychology Foundations - for those who wish to pursue a career in School Psychology
  • Doctoral Foundations - prepares students to move on to a doctoral program

MEd in Educational Psychology - Higher Education / Student Affairs Track

Higher Education/Student Affair Track Requirements

The MEd in educational psychology track in Higher Education/Student Affairs (HESA) does not require a thesis and requires 30 credit hours of coursework and a written comprehensive examination.



Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Educational Psychology Track

The Educational Leadership track in Educational Psychology crosses disciplines in offering an EdD degree to individuals interested in understanding and shaping learning, thinking, problem solving in diverse settings such as schools, workplaces, higher education, industry and other institutions or organizations.

Doctorate in Educational Leadership - Educational Psychology Track

Program highlights:

  • Customizable Emphasis
  • Flexible Course Delivery
  • Advanced Research Methods/Analytics
  • Applied Studies/Learning Opportunities



Graduate Certificates

WSU Educational Psychology offers one Graduate Certificate program:

Engineering Education

This certificate program provides joint mentorship from College of Applied Studies and College of Engineering faculty members. Students who plan to apply for university teaching positions after graduation need to be competitive in a market that demands good teaching as well as good research. The engineering education certificate will give WSU graduates a competitive edge.



Determine if Educational Psychology is for you:

Interests related to Educational Psychology
  • Gaining somebody's attention
  • Motivating people to learn
  • Helping people remember things better
  • Determining program effectiveness
  • Leading effective teams
  • Developing training modules
  • Understanding human development throughout the lifespan
  • Pursuing a doctoral degree

Who benefits from an Educational Psychology Degree?


Careers Related to Educational Psychology

Educational Psychology is intended to either enhance existing careers or start new careers such as:

  • educators: e.g. teachers, administrators, counselors, instructional coaches
  • health care workers: e.g. nurses, social workers, speech pathologists
  • higher education: e.g. instructors, administrators, student affairs personnel
  • researchers: e.g research associate, grant writing, data management, program evaluation
  • trainers: e.g. business, military, hospitals
  • digital learning designers: e.g. instructional software developers, online survey constructors, technical manual designers

Why have other students chosen the WSU Educational Psychology program?

Take the CLES 512 course to explore concepts and careers in Educational Psychology

CLES 512 - Exploring Concepts and Careers in Educational Psychology is available to any undergraduate or graduate-level student. This student-friendly 3-credit-hour course offers a 'sneak' preview of educational psychology major topics and careers available to educational psychology alumni. Students learn about applications of educational psychology in areas of teaching, learning, coaching, training, assessment and research.

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