Human Development, Culture and Learning Sciences

Master’s Program

Department of Educational Psychology

Human Development, Culture & Learning Sciences (HDCLS), as a core academic area of specialization, represents the scientific and theoretical bases for research and practice within the field of Educational Psychology. You may either choose to earn a Master’s in Education (M.Ed.), or a Master’s of Arts (M.A.).

In order to prepare graduate students for careers in teaching and research, we train students in theories of human cognition, culture, development, language, learning, motivation, social psychology and personality psychology.

HDCLS works primarily in the form of a learning community model. Even though each student accepted into the HDCLS Area is assigned a core member of the faculty as an adviser based on student and faculty interests, students are encouraged to pursue additional opportunities to work with other faculty in the area and the department (or sometimes even in other departments). Opportunities for research are available through facilities on campus, as well as in connection with the research activities of individual faculty members. Course work, practicums, and other experiences are planned to meet individual student needs as dictated by interests and career plans. However, built into area activities will be several opportunities for building a network of peers and faculty who support one another as a learning community.

College Teaching Concentration

Cultural Perspectives on Schooling Concentration

Individualized Studies Concentration

Psychology for Teachers Concentration



At a Glance

Program Starts: Fall, Summer

Deadline to Apply: January 10

Credit Hours Required:
M.A.: 42 hours
M.Ed.: 39 hours

Schedule: Part-time allowed

Program Location: On Campus

GRE Required? No

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Area Chair
Marie-Anne Suizzo

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