Degree Requirements – HDCLS Master's Program

There are four area concentrations within the Human Development, Culture, and Learning Sciences Master’s program. Each area concentration has different required coursework, noted below.

Student coursework may vary depending on prior graduate coursework and waivers. All required courses must be completed with a grade of at least B-.

Note: the first digit in a Course Number denotes the number of credit hours of the course. Example: EDP 480C Correlation & Regression Methods = 4 credit hours.

  • Required Courses - Individual Studies Concentration

    Individual Studies Concentration

    MEd (Master’s in Education)

    1. EDP Foundation Courses (18 credit hours)
    • EDP 380C.2 Fundamental Statistics
    • EDP 380D.4 Psychometric Theory & Methods
    • EDP 382F.2 Individual Through the Life Cycle OR EDP 382F.12 Child and Adolescent Social and Cognitive Development
    • EDP 382C.2 Social Psychology
    • EDP 382D.6 Motivation and Emotion
    • EDP 382D.4 Psychology of Learning OR EDP 382D.8 Instructional Psychology
    1. Program Electives (9 credit hours): any 3 additional courses in Educational Psychology, as approved by HDCLS Area Chair.
    2. Out-of-Specialization courses (6 credit hours). Students must complete the following additional coursework outside of their program area. These courses are an opportunity to enhance interests and form relationships with out-of-area faculty; course choices must be approved by the HDCLS Area Chair.
    • 1 course out-of-department (non-EDP) (3+ credit hours)
    • 1 course in either another program area within EDP, or out-of-department (3+ credit hours)

    MA (Master of Arts)

    1. All courses required for the MEd
    2. Two additional courses (6-7 credit hours)
    • EDP 480C.6 Statistical Analysis for Experimental Data 
    • EDP 480C.4 Correlation and Regression Methods OR EDP 381C.2 Research Design and Methods for Psychology and Education (or approved substitute)

    Portfolio / Thesis Options

    Portfolio (3 credit hours): Both the MEd and MA degrees may be earned with a portfolio, which involves registration in EDP 394R Research. Students will produce a portfolio under faculty supervision, and graduate with no report/thesis.

    Master’s Report (3 credit hours): Both the MEd and MA degrees may be earned with a report, which involves registration in EDP 398R Master’s Report and the completion of a study that involves empirical data.

    Thesis (6 credit hours): The MA degree may be earned with a thesis, which involves collecting and analyzing data, and registration in two semesters of EDP 698A and 698B Master’s Thesis (these courses count as 3 credit hours each).

    Total Hours

    MEd with Portfolio: 36
    MEd with Report: 36
    MA with Portfolio: 42
    MA with Report: 42
    MA with Thesis: 45

  • Required Courses - College Teaching Concentration

    College Teaching Concentration

    MEd (Master’s in Education)

    1. EDP Foundation Courses (21 credit hours)
    • ​​EDP 380C.2 Fundamental Statistics
    • EDP 380D.4 Psychometric Theory & Methods
    • EDP 382C.2 Social Pscyhology
    • EDP 382D.6 Motivation and Emotion
    • EDP 382F.2 Individual Through the Life Cycle
    • EDP 382D.8 Instructional Pscyhology
    • EDP 398T College Teaching Metholdology
    1. Program Elective (3 credit hours)​. Choose 1 from the following:
    • EDP 382D.4 Psychology of Learning
    • EDP 382F.10 Mindfulness, Compassion & Self
    • EDP 382C.6 Psychology of Race, Prejudice & Stereotype
    • EDP 382G.4 Psychology of Women & Gender
    • Any other HDCLS graduate level course as approved by HDCLS Area Chair
    1. Out-of-Specialization courses (6 credit hours). Studentsmust complete the following additional coursework outside of their program area. These courses are an opportunity to enhance interests and form relationships with out-of-area faculty; course choices must be approved by the HDCLS Area Chair.
    • 1 course out-of-department (non-EDP) (3+ credit hours)
    • 1 course in either another program area within EDP, or out-of-department (3+ credit hours)
    1. Practicum in Teaching (6 credit hours). The practicum pairs students with a faculty mentor teaching a college-level course; the student will shadow the instructor as they organize and teach, and will discuss the various components and decisions made in teaching, as a way to develop a portfolio demonstrating teaching competency. Requires 2 semesters of registration in EDP 386Q Practicum in Post-Secondary Teaching.

      MA (Master of Arts)

      1. All courses required for the MEd
      2. Two additional courses (6-7 credit hours)
      • EDP 480C.6 Statistical Analysis for Experimental Data 
      • EDP 480C.4 Correlation and Regression Methods OR EDP 381C.2 Research Design and Methods for Psychology and Education (or approved substitute)

      Portfolio / Thesis Options

      Portfolio (3 credit hours): Both the MEd and MA degrees may be earned with a portfolio, which involves registration in EDP 394R Research. Students will produce a portfolio under faculty supervision, and graduate with no report/thesis.

      Master's Report (3 credit hours): Both the MEd and MA degrees may be earned with a report, which involves registration in EDP 398R Master's Report and the completion of a study that involves empirical data.

      Thesis (6 credit hours): The MA degree may be earned with a thesis, which involves collecting and analyzing data, and registration in two semesters of EDP 698A and 698B Master's Thesis (these courses count as 3 credit hours each).

      Total Hours

      MEd with Portfolio: 39
      MEd with Report: 39
      MA with Portfolio: 45-46
      MA with Report: 45-46
      MA with Thesis: 48-49

      • Required Courses - Cultural Perspectives on Schooling concentration

        Cultural Perspectives on Schooling Concentration

        MEd (Master’s in Education)

        1. EDP Foundation Courses (18 credit hours)
        • EDP 380C.2 Fundamental Statistics
        • EDP 380D.4 Psychometric Theory & Methods
        • EDP 382C.2 Social Psychology
        • EDP 382D.6 Motivation and Emotion
        • EDP 382D.4 Psychology of Learning
        • EDP 382F.2 Individual Through the Life Cycle OR EDP 382F.12 Child and Adolescent Social and Cognitive Development
        1. Program Electives (9 credit hours). Choose 3 courses from among the following:
        • EDP 384C.18 Multicultural Counseling
        • EDP 382C.6 Psychology of Race, Prejudice and Stereotypes
        • EDP 382D.12 Psycholinguistics
        • EDP 381C.10 Issues in Multicultural Research
        • EDP 382F.10 Mindfulness, Compassion, and the Self
        • EDP 382F.6 Culture, Child Development, and Education
        1. Out-of-Specialization courses (6 credit hours). Students must complete the following additional coursework outside of their program area. These courses are an opportunity to enhance interests and form relationships with out-of-area faculty; course choices must be approved by the HDCLS Area Chair.
        • 1 course out-of-department (non-EDP) (3+ credit hours)
        • 1 course in either another program area within EDP, or out-of-department (3+ credit hours)

        MA (Master of Arts)

        1. All courses required for the MEd
        2. Two additional courses (6-7 credit hours)
        • EDP 480C.6 Statistical Analysis for Experimental Data 
        • EDP 480C.4 Correlation and Regression Methods OR EDP 381C.2 Research Design and Methods for Psychology and Education (or approved substitute)

        Portfolio / Thesis Options

        Portfolio (3 credit hours): Both the MEd and MA degrees may be earned with a portfolio, which involves registration in EDP 394R Research. Students will produce a portfolio under faculty supervision, and graduate with no report/thesis.

        Master’s Report (3 credit hours): Both the MEd and MA degrees may be earned with a report, which involves registration in EDP 398R Master’s Report and the completion of a study that involves empirical data.

        Thesis (6 credit hours): The MA degree may be earned with a thesis, which involves collecting and analyzing data, and registration in two semesters of EDP 698A and 698B Master’s Thesis (these courses count as 3 credit hours each).

        Total Hours

        MEd with Portfolio: 36
        MEd with Report: 36
        MA with Portfolio: 42-43
        MA with Report: 42-43
        MA with Thesis: 45-46

      • Required Courses - Psychology for Teachers concentration

        Psychology for Teachers Specialization

        MEd (Master’s in Education)

        1. EDP Foundation Courses (21 credit hours)
        • EDP 380C.2 Fundamental Statistics
        • EDP 380D.4 Psychometric Theory & Methods
        • EDP 382C.6 Psychology of Race, Prejudice & Stereotype
        • EDP 382D.6 Motivation and Emotion
        • EDP 382D.4 Psychology of Learning
        • 382F.12 Child and Adolescent Social and Cognitive Development
        • EDP 382D.8 Instructional Psychology
        1. Program Electives (9 credit hours): any 3 additional courses in Educational Psychology as approved by HDCLS Area Chair, chosen to reflect or supplement teaching emphasis.
        2. Out-of-Specialization courses (6 credit hours). Students must complete the following additional coursework outside of their program area. These courses are an opportunity to enhance interests and form relationships with out-of-area faculty; course choices must be approved by the HDCLS Area Chair.
        • 1 course out-of-department (non-EDP) (3+ credit hours)
        • 1 course in either another program area within EDP, or out-of-department (3+ credit hours)

        MA (Master of Arts)

        1. All courses required for the MEd
        2. Two additional courses (6-7 credit hours)
        • EDP 480C.6 Statistical Analysis for Experimental Data 
        • EDP 480C.4 Correlation and Regression Methods OR EDP 381C.2 Research Design and Methods for Psychology and Education (or approved substitute)

        Portfolio / Thesis Options

        Portfolio (3 credit hours): Both the MEd and MA degrees may be earned with a portfolio, which involves registration in EDP 394R Research. Students will produce a portfolio under faculty supervision, and graduate with no report/thesis.

        Master’s Report (3 credit hours): Both the MEd and MA degrees may be earned with a report, which involves registration in EDP 398R Master’s Report and the completion of a study that involves empirical data.

        Thesis (6 credit hours): The MA degree may be earned with a thesis, which involves collecting and analyzing data, and registration in two semesters of EDP 698A and 698B Master’s Thesis (these courses count as 3 credit hours each).

        Total Hours

        MEd with Portfolio: 36
        MEd with Report: 36
        MA with Portfolio: 42-43
        MA with Report: 42-43
        MA with Thesis: 45-46