Undergraduate Minor in Educational Psychology

Educational Psychology is now offering a transcriptable minor!

What is Educational Psychology? 

Our department is dedicated to advancing knowledge of human behavior as it relates to education. Undergraduate students participate in the Department of Educational Psychology (EDP) in several ways: taking our courses as electives, minoring in Educational Psychology, and/or participating in EDP research. 

How do I minor in Educational Psychology?

The minor in Educational Psychology requires completion of 15 undergraduate semester credit hours in Educational Psychology, 6 of which must be upper-division hours. Note: be sure to check with your adviser and the Undergraduate Catalog section on Minors for university and any other requirements.

Course Types

Our courses are organized in a few general categories below (we call them “Study Areas”), to help you decide what you may be interested in taking. Choosing a Study Area is not required: you're welcome to concentrate on one area, or sample from many! 

Note: Not all courses are offered every semester, so be sure to check the Course Schedule to see what is available.

Science of Learning

Courses in this area help students acquire foundational knowledge about the science of learning and how it can be applied to a broad range of contexts. By thinking critically about how theory and research in educational psychology can be applied to learning in real world settings, students can develop a set of skills and knowledge applicable to a variety of career paths. 

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ALD 320: Cognition, Human Learning, and Motivation

Current and classical theories concerning conditioning, learning and remembering, attention, knowledge representation and retrieval, comprehension and production of language, problem solving, and the ways emotion influences learning.

EDP 310: Strategic Learning for the Twenty-First Century

Course # changing to EDP 304 starting Fall '17. Explores a wide range of subjects in educational psychology that impact student learning, including theories of cognition and motivation, and applying them to academic work. Appropriate for students interested in learning more about basic theories of educational psychology, seeking to improve performance in their classes, as well as those experiencing difficulty succeeding academically at the University. Offered on the letter-grade basis only.

EDP 318T Topic 4: Myths and Mysteries of Memory

Explores the science of memory, the ways in which memory influences everyday life, and the critical evaluation of widely believed myths about memory.

Human Growth and Development

Recognizing how people change across their lifetimes, and the causes of those changes, is an important part of understanding learners at all stages in life. Courses in this area center on how development and learning coincide to affect self-perceptions and reactions to the environment, and the many ways growth and development take place. 

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EDP 363M Topic 6: Introduction to Life Span Development

Course # changing to EDP 350E starting Fall '17. Exposition of theories of personality, research, literature on mental health and character development, applications of principles and theories to the educative enterprise; applications of personality theory to the guidance of children and youth. Physical, social, and cognitive development in humans. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

EDP 363M Topic 3: Adolescent Development

Course # changing to EDP 350G starting Fall '17. Addresses contemporary adolescent development in relation to major transitions, contextual influences, and psychosocial tasks, with additional emphases on aspects of adolescent identity development. Application to education and teaching adolescents is stressed. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; six semester hours of upper-division coursework in education or behavioral sciences.

EDP 312: Introduction to Human Sexuality and Relationships

Course # changing to EDP 306 starting Fall '17. Introduction to the study of human sexuality by exploring general topics including history, anatomy, gender, cultures, sexuality research and human sexual behaviors, as well as sexual coercion, sexually transmitted infections, and contraception. Aspects of psychology, human development, and relationships are also discussed. 

EDP 363 Topic 3: Human Sexuality

Course # changing to EDP 350L starting Fall '17. Taught from a psychological perspective with attention to the physiological, emotional and relationship dimensions of sexuality. Course goals are to present factual information and to promote scholarly examination of social and personal factors in developing healthy relationships and sexual expression. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

Counseling and Interventions

Courses in this area offer opportunities to explore theories and develop skills for working in a helping role, and can be useful for people interested in pursuing careers in the fields of: education, counseling, medical professions, human resources, management, and any career calling for interpersonal skills and understanding. 

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EDP 367 Topic 1: Introduction to Individual Counseling and Psychotherapy

Course # changing to EDP 352D starting Fall '17. Nature of the counseling process, dynamics of behavior change, client-counselor roles and relationships; an experiencing of the group process as a basis for studying dynamics of individual and group behavior. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

EDP 352G: A Multicultural Approach to Counseling and Psychotherapy

An introduction to cultural diversity and multiculturalism in counseling. Designed to help students understand cultural issues and various cultural groups. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and completion of six semester hours of upper-division coursework in behavioral sciences.  

EDP 362 Topic 8: Mindfulness, Compassion, and the Self

Course # changing to EDP 352K starting Fall '17. Subjects include mindfulness, self-compassion, well-being, and self-concept. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and completion of three semester hours of coursework in behavioral sciences.

EDP 352N: Addiction Counseling and Theories

Studies in biological mechanisms of categories of commonly abused substances and behaviors, as well as prevention and treatment approaches to addiction. Includes discussion of other forms of addiction, including food, sex, and internet, and addiction in diverse populations. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and completion of six semester hours of upper-division coursework in behavioral sciences.  

Brain and Behavior

The emphasis of courses in this area is to advance students' knowledge of behavioral and emotional differences from both social and neurobiological perspectives. Students can explore theory and research on how social structures and assumptions influence how we conceptualize and treat cognitive, developmental, and behavioral differences. 

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EDP 363 Topic 5: Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

Course # changing to EDP 358D starting Fall '17. Covers theory and research on several mental health disorders with a critical perspective on how social structures and assumptions influence the way they are conceptualized and treated. Prerequisites: Upper-division standing and completion of three semester hours of coursework in behavioral sciences.

EDP 358F: Educational Neuroscience

Explores the interactions between neurobiological processes and education, examining how cognitive neuroscience can inform and guide educational practice, as well as how the impact of the educational experience on brain development and functioning can increase understanding of functional neural systems. Prerequisites: Upper-division standing and completion of six semester hours of upper-division coursework in behavioral sciences.

EDP 376T: Child Psychopathology

Covers theory and research on commonly occuring mental health disorders in children and adolescents, with a critical perspective on how social structures and assumptions influence the way they are conceptualized and treated. Prerequisites: Upper-division standing and completion of three semester hours of coursework in behavioral sciences.

EDP 376T Topic 7: Pediatric Psychology

Explanation of biological, psychological, and social foundations of pediatric conditions, as well as lifespan health conditions related to development in childhood. Topics include pediatric health disparities, the intersection of psychology and public health, research methods used in the field of pediatric psychology, and assessment and intervention with children and families. Prerequisites: Approval of course instructor; Upper-division standing.

Diversity and Society

Courses in this area are designed to promote the development of awareness, knowledge, and skills for responsible citizenship in a diverse society. The intersecting lenses of ethnicity, race, class, disability, and/or gender will be used to explore and understand the ways in which diversity influences individual identity, society, and public institutions, including educational settings

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EDP 310 Topic 3: Intergroup Dialogue

Course # changing to EDP 316 starting Fall '17. Group discussion of the definitions and implications of social identities. Topics may include gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, physical ability, and age. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. 

EDP 362 Topic 10: Psychology of Women

Course # changing to EDP 354E starting Fall '17. Study of women's experiences, issues, and behavior in the context of psychological theory and research. Integrates several sub-disciplines of psychology, including physiological, personality, developmental, social, abnormal, and applied psychology. Explores a variety of topics relevant to psychology of women, including theories of women's personality, gender socialization, sex differences, victimization, oppression, and motherhood. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

EDP 362 Topic 9: Psychology of the African American Experience

Course # changing to EDP 354G starting Fall '17. Examination of the psychology of people of African descent using an African-centered liberatory model. 

EDP 354J: Psychology of Race and Racism

Review of the history and evolution of the construct of race as a psychological and social phenomenon. Multidisciplinary but primarily social-psychological approach: in addition to readings from psychology, ideas in the areas of anthropology, sociology, and biology will be discussed. Emphasis on theoretical and conceptual approaches toward understanding the psychology of racial thinking.

EDP 376T Topic 3: Disability and Culture in Education

Examination of the culture of disability in the educational context. Topics may include language and terminology around disability; history of ableism (discrimination/prejudice), the role of accommodations and access in defining disability and inclusion, perceptions of disability over time, identity development for individuals with a disability, diversity and difference of language within disability groups.

EDP 354M: Minority Student Leadership Issues

Exploration of racial identity development and the psychological impact of racism on all students, regardless of ethnicity.  Prerequisites: Upper-division standing and six semester hours of upper-division coursework in education or other behavioral sciences.

Quantitative Methods for the Social Sciences

Courses in this area emphasize developing students’ skills in statistical reasoning and data analysis. Subjects covered are principles of gathering and analyzing data, interpreting results of statistical analysis, critically evaluating findings presented in social science research and the media, and application of statistical methods to real-world data.

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EDP 308: Statistical Reasoning and Literacy

Introduction to statistical applications and their interpretation in daily life. Covers principles of gathering and analyzing data, as well as interpreting analysis results in order to critically evaluate findings reported in the media and in social science research, perform basic statistical analyses, and to be informed consumers of research.

EDP 371: Introduction to Statistics

Measures of central tendency and variability; correlation and regression; probability and statistical inference; analysis of variance; nonparametric statistics.

Special Topics

Special topics courses cover issues and subjects of contemporary interest in various areas of educational psychology and the behavioral sciences. Special topics may vary semester to semester.

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EDP 318T Topic 5: Introduction to Career Planning

Introduction to social science models of career development and perspectives of work as a culturally-mediated artifact of human society. Discussion of how social scientists use data about individual characteristics and jobs to help people optimize career choices. Group and individual project-based assessments will provide opportunities to apply learned concepts to students’ own career planning. 

EDP 376T Topic 5: Documentary Film and Inquiry - Honors

Focus on student creation of short video documentaries on their chosen topics. Documentary projects will also be the vehicle for exploring methodological issues in relation to qualitative methods and the use of media as a tool. Covers elements that make documentaries effective as a means for communicating ideas and issues. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

EDP 354L: Community Leadership on the College Campus

EDP 354L topics are organized by the Dean of Students office, and do not count towards the EDP minor. 

Independent Research

Students can participate in independent research under the supervision of an Educational Psychology faculty member. Permission from the EDP faculty member is required. 

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EDP 379L: Research in Educational Psychology

This individual instruction course is designed to provide an opportunity for qualified undergraduates to obtain first-hand, supervised research experience in Educational Psychology. The student will typically assist a professor or graduate student under the supervision of a professor with a research project, with tasks like preparation of the study, working with participants, and assisting with data collection. The student should not expect to conduct an experiment of their own. Offered on the pass/fail basis only; course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: 12 semester hours of upper-division coursework in behavioral sciences, and written consent of the faculty research supervisor. How to Register for EDP 379L: Students must obtain permission from the research project faculty supervisor to register for the course. We recommend starting with the EDP Research Project List, or contacting the EDP faculty person you are interested in working with.