Course Requirements

The paragraphs below list the required and distribution courses for students in educational psychology and quantitative methods. We consider the field to be a unique combination of various areas of study, summing to a whole. All students must therefore attain competencies in the same areas of educational psychology. Ph.D. students will have more opportunity to expand both the breadth and depth of knowledge (through a minimum of 48 credits beyond the masters, plus 12 credits of dissertation) than M.A. students (through a minimum of 30 credit hours of course work, including thesis).

Foundation Courses

  • CEP 541 Human Growth and Development
  • CEP 560 Psychology of Learning and Instruction
  • CEP 500 Fundamentals of Educational Research
  • CEP 510 Psychometric Theory in Education
  • CEP 523 Statistical Methods: Inference II (and for Ph.D. students, an advanced quantitative methods course, e.g., CEP 525 or 529)
  • Qualitative Research Methods -- see list below (M.A. students choose 1 and Ph.D. students choose 2)

Distribution Requirements

Master's students are required to take 1 course from group A, 2 from group B, and 1 from group C. Ph.D. students are required to take 2, 3, and 2, respectively. In addition, as part of their Application to Candidacy - a graduate school form listing all of a student’s courses - students should take additional courses and organize them all to show how their program qualifies them to do their thesis or dissertation research.

A. Cognition, Development, Learning, and Technology

  • CEP 506 Introduction to Educational Technology
  • CEP 564 Cognitive Psychology

B. Research Design, Measurement and Assessment, Statistics and Data Analysis

  • CEP 512 Topical Seminar in Research Methods: Survival Analysis
  • CEP 525 Applied Multivariate Analysis
  • CEP 526 Structural Equation Modeling (SEM)
  • CEP 527 Analysis of Large-Scale Data Bases
  • CEP 528 Hierarchical Linear Modeling: Multilevel and Longitudinal Data Analysis (HLM)
  • CEP 529 Applied Regression Analysis

C. Substantive Issues of Educational Policy and Practice

  • CEP 533 Topical Seminar (Focus changes from year to year)
  • ELP 566 Comparative And Global Studies In Education
  • ELP 585 Sociological Bases of Education
  • ELP 592 American Education for International Students
  • Other 'issues' courses as approved by the Educational Psychology faculty

Thesis/Dissertation, Research Practicum

  • CEP 701 Indiv. Guidance Thesis (M.A. students)
  • CEP 702 Indiv. Guidance Dissertation (Ph.D. students)
  • CEP 700 Indiv. Guidance Project (Ph.D. Qualifying Paper)

Recommended Electives


  • CEP 703 Independent Study (Topics decided by student and a faculty member)
  • CEP 594 Practicum in Teaching
  • ELP 589 Education and Socialization

Research Design, Measurement and Assessment, Statistics and Data Analysis

  • CEP 502 Assessment of Learning and Instruction
  • NUR 706 Psycho-Social Measurement and Questionnaire Construction
  • NUR 695 Advanced Statistical Techniques
  • LAI 534 Measurement and Evaluation of Science Instruction (IRT)
  • COM 636 Research Procedures in Communication
  • SOC 608 Social Statistics II: Causal Models (Advanced regression techniques)

Research and Assessment Courses in the Disciplines (Advisor's approval needed)

  • LAI 547 Assessing Mathematics
  • LAI 569 Introduction to Research in Music Education
  • LAI 623 Research Seminar in English Education
  • LAI 637 Research in Science Educaiton
  • LAI 640 Seminar in Mathematics Education Research
  • LAI 657/658 Analysis of Quantitative Research in Learning and Instruction (highly recommended)
  • LAI 686 Critical Interpretations of Research (multiple disciplines)

Qualitative Methods

  • ELP 593 Research Methods in the Sociology of Education (2 semesters)
  • LAI 669 Qualitative Techniques in Educational Research
  • LAI 626 Advanced Qualitative Research in Field Methods
  • LAI 625 Discourse Analysis Research
  • NUR 697 Advanced Qualitative Methods
  • APY 554 Applied Cultural Analysis
  • PD 561 Methods of Community Analysis and Management (Dept. of Urban and Regional