Required Courses – HDCLS Master's Program

The Program Requirements below refer to students entering in the 2019 Academic Year. Required coursework for previous and subsequent years may vary. Current students should always defer to their Program of Work for course requirements, and consult with their faculty advisor / Graduate Advisor for any needed clarifications.

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.

I. Program Foundation Courses (15 credit hours)

  • EDP 380C.2 Fundamental Statistics. May be waived with passing grade on EDP Statistics Proficiency Exam (exam is offered during new student orientation).
  • EDP 380D.4 Psychometric Theory and Methods
  • EDP 382D.6 Motivation and Emotion
  • EDP 382C.2 Social Psychology
  • EDP 382F.2 Individual Through the Life Cycle

II. Concentration Courses (12-15 credit hours)

There are four concentration areas within the HDCLS Master’s program. Each concentration has different additional required coursework, noted below. See the Program Details page for more information about concentration areas.

A. Individual Studies Concentration (12 hours):

  • EDP 382D.4 Psychology of Learning OR EDP 382D.8 Instructional Psychology
  • 3 EDP Elective courses (course choices must be approved by Area Chair)

B. Cultural Perspectives on Schooling Concentration (12 hours):

  • EDP 382D.4 Psychology of Learning
  • 3 EDP courses with strong Diversity and/or Culture focus (course choices must be approved by Area Chair)

C. College Teaching Concentration (15 hours):

  • EDP 382D.8 Instructional Psychology
  • EDP 398T College Teaching Methodology
  • EDP 386Q Practicum in Post-Secondary Teaching (2 semesters)
  • 1 EDP elective course (course choice must be approved by Area Chair)

D. Psychology for Teachers Concentration (15 hours):

  • EDP 382D.4 Psychology of Learning
  • EDP 382D.8 Instructional Psychology
  • 1 EDP course with strong Diversity and/or Culture focus (course choices must be approved by Area Chair)
  • 2 EDP courses that supplement or reflect the teaching emphasis (course choices must be approved by Area Chair)

III. Out-of-Specialization Courses (6 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 (minimum 3 hours) taken outside of the EDP department
  • 1 course (minimum 3 hours) taken outside of the EDP department, or in another program area within EDP (non-HDCLS).

IV. Additional Coursework for M.A. (7-8 hours)

Students may either choose to earn a Master’s in Education (M.Ed.), or a Master’s of Arts (M.A.). The M.A. degree requires the additional courses:

  • EDP 480C.6 Statistical Analysis for Experimental Data
  • EDP 480C.4 Correlation & Regression OR EDP 381C.2 Research Design & Methods for Psychology & Education

V. Master’s Portfolio, Report, or Thesis (3-6 credit hours)

Students in both the M.Ed. and M.A. options must choose either a Portfolio, Report, or Thesis to complete their Master’s degree. Note: Thesis is only available to students choosing to graduate with an M.A.

Master’s Portfolio Option (M.Ed. or M.A.; 3 credit hours)

Both the M.Ed. and M.A. degrees may be earned with a portfolio. Students will register for EDP 394R individual supervision and produce a portfolio under faculty supervision, and graduate with no report/thesis.

Master’s Report Option (M.Ed. or M.A.; 3 credit hours)

Both the M.Ed. and M.A. degrees may be earned with a report, which requires registration in EDP 398R Master’s Report and the completion of a study that involves empirical data.

Thesis Option (M.A. only; 6 credit hours)

The M.A. 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).