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.
Wichita State University offers several degree program options grounded in Educational Psychology:
MEd in Educational Psychology General Track
The thesis option requires 32 credit hours of coursework plus an oral examination over the thesis.
The nonthesis option requires 33 credit hours of coursework and a written comprehensive examination.
MEd in 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.
- 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
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.
"As a childcare center director I need to understand why and how children learn, grow and succeed. The Educational Psychology program not only helped me in these areas but it also helped me to become a well rounded individual. The available evening hours of the program helped to make juggling a growing family and working full time less stressful. The professors were able to deliver an abundant level of high quality education, while continuing to make school less about how you do on a test and more about making sure students really learn the information." - Marissa Harris, Director of Angel Wings Learning Center, LLC
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
- Customizable Emphasis
- Flexible Course Delivery
- Advanced Research Methods/Analytics
- Applied Studies/Learning Opportunities
WSU Educational Psychology offers one Graduate Certificate program:
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:
- 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?
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?
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.