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Program Overview

The Master of Education in Educational Psychology is a versatile degree program that will provide graduates with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to improve learning and behavior in a variety of educational, community, and university settings. An MED in Educational Psychology will facilitate career advancement in educational, community-based, or non-profit agencies and is ideal for anyone who is interested in pursuing a specialist or doctoral degree in education or psychology. The ability to tailor a wide range of combinations of Educational Psychology (Ed Psy) or Educational Research and Evaluation Methods (Ed Rem) courses to meet individual goals when satisfying the elective requirements is a unique feature of the degree.

The MED consists of 33 hours of graduate coursework, including foundation courses (15 hours), approved electives (12-15 hours), and a capstone experience (3-6 hours) and offers two optional emphasis areas, one in Character and Citizenship Education, and the other in Educational Research and Program Evaluation. The foundations courses consist of 3 hours of study regarding the educational and psychological foundations of educational psychology, 3 hours of learning and cognition, 3 hours of human development, and 6 hours of statistics, research design, and/or program evaluation. The specific courses chosen for the electives and capstone experience will vary according to the candidate’s interests and the emphasis area, if one is chosen.

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What UMSL Education has to offer

UMSL’s College of Education is a hub of innovation, where diverse scholars, practitioners and education-focused entrepreneurs converge to problem solve, incubate and develop ideas and modes of practice that propel the entire field of education forward. The college provides a plethora of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs that prepare and sustain culturally competent, dedicated and highly trained teachers for a variety of traditional and non-traditional educational settings. The college also prepares administrators, counselors, school psychologists, behavior analysts, educational scholars and entrepreneurs. One of the state of Missouri’s largest prepares of educators, the college is consistently recognized for its excellence in teacher preparation. Its innovative Studio School model – which has the college partnering with more than 30 local schools – allows for collaborative practicum experiences that enrich future teacher’s learning while also strengthening the St. Louis region as a whole. 

Regularly available for student guidance and support, the College of Education's Office of Advising and Student Services (OASIS) offers students an unmatched resource for the planning, development and execution of their degree or degrees in education.

By partnering with a vast array of educational, business and community resources, the College of Education provides opportunities for students to develop professional connections for improving their careers as well as their communities. Graduates find jobs not only in schools, but in museums, zoos, nonprofit youth serving organizations, businesses, government agencies, national education organizations and art foundations. For more on UMSL Education, visit