Educational Psychology Undergraduate Courses

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

This page lists most of our courses, but we occasionally offer additional topics not listed here. The minor in Educational Psychology (EDP) requires completion of 15 undergraduate semester credit hours in Educational Psychology, six or more of which must be upper-division hours. Courses do not need to be taken in any particular sequence.

NOTE: Be sure to check with your adviser and the Undergraduate Catalog section on Minors for university and other requirements.

Lower-division Courses

EDP 304: Strategic Learning for the Twenty-First Century
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 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 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. Meets Core curriculum requirement for mathematics and may be counted toward the quantitative reasoning Flag requirement. 

EDP 316: Intergroup Dialogue
Group discussion of the definitions and implications of social identities. Topics may include gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, physical ability, and age. May be counted toward the cultural diversity Flag requirement.

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 318T Introduction to School Psychology
Introduction to the field of school psychology: how it differs from other areas of psychology, what is required to be work in the field, the varied ways in which school psychologists work to support youth and families and the science supporting those practices, current trends in school psychology, and issues confronting the profession in the future.

Upper-division Courses

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 350E: Introduction to Life Span Development
Exposition of theories of personality, research, and 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. Covers physical, social, and cognitive development in humans. 

EDP 350G: Adolescent Development
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 emphasized. 

EDP 350L: Human Sexuality
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.

EDP 352D: Introduction to Individual Counseling and Psychotherapy
Nature of the counseling process, dynamics of behavior change, client-counselor roles and relationships. 

EDP 352G: A Multicultural Approach to Counseling and Psychotherapy
Introduction to cultural diversity and multiculturalism in counseling. Designed to help students understand cultural issues and various cultural groups.

EDP 352K: Mindfulness, Compassion, and the Self
Subjects include mindfulness, self-compassion, well-being, and self-concept.

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.   

EDP 354E: Psychology of Women
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. 

EDP 354G: Psychology of the African American Experience
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. May be counted toward the cultural diversity Flag requirement.

EDP 358D: Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
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. 

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. 

EDP 371: Introduction to Statistics
Measures of central tendency and variability; correlation and regression; probability and statistical inference; analysis of variance; nonparametric statistics. Meets Core curriculum requirement for mathematics and may be counted toward the quantitative reasoning Flag requirement. 

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 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. 

EDP 376T: Child Psychopathology
Covers theory and research on commonly occurring 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. 

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. How to Register for EDP 379L: Students must obtain permission from the research project faculty supervisor to register for the course. We recommend starting by searching for Educational Psychology faculty projects in UT’s EUREKA Project Search system. EDP 379L may be taken for multiple semesters, but a maximum of 6 hours of EDP 379L may count towards the EDP minor.