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Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership
The University of Toledo
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Mailing address:
The University of Toledo
Main Campus
MS 921
Toledo, OH 43606-3390

Department Secretary:
Ruth Ann Easterwood
Gillham Hall Room 5000

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Department Chair:

Dr. Edward Janak
Gillham Hall Room 5000C
(419) 530-4114

Master's Degree in Educational Psychology (M.Ed.)


Program Overview: 30 Credit Hours

  • Major in Educational Psychology (15 credit hours)
  • Foundations Core (12 credit hours)
  • Capstone Experience: Thesis or Project (3 credit hours)

Specific Program Requirements and Courses

Psychological Foundations (1 course = 3 credit hours)

  • EDP 5110: Basic Educational Psychology >>Pre-Requisite for EDP Major Courses<<

Research Foundations (select 1 course = 3 credit hours)

  • RESM 5110 Quantitative Methods
  • RESM 5210 Educational Testing and Grading
  • RESM 5310 Educational Research
  • RESM 5330 Qualitative Research

Social Foundations (select 1 course = 3 credit hours)

  • TSOC 5200 Sociological Foundations of Education
  • TSOC 5300 Philosophy and Education
  • TSOC 5400 History of Schooling & Teaching in the US
  • Or: TSOC 5100, TSOC 5110, TSOC 5210, TSOC 5230, TSOC 5500.

Curriculum Foundations (select 1 course = 3 credit hours)

  • CI 5860 Middle-Junior High Curriculum
  • CI 5870 Secondary School Curriculum
  • CI 6800 Foundations of Curriculum & Instruction
  • CI 6810 Curriculum Development: K-12
  • CI 6830 Curriculum Trends and Issues
  • CI 6840 Curriculum for Educational Leaders

Major in Educational Psychology (select 5 courses = 15 credit hours)

>>Introductory 5000 level courses provide a foundation for 6000 level courses. Plan your program of studies accordingly.<<

  • EDP 5120: Alternative Approaches To Discipline
  • EDP 5210: Child Behavior And Development
  • EDP 5220: Adolescent Behavior And Development
  • EDP 5230: Adult Development
  • EDP 5240: Applied Child and Adolescent Development
  • EDP 5310: Issues And Innovations In Learning And Instruction
  • EDP 5330: Behavior Management

>>Advanced 6000 level courses build on 5000 level courses. Plan your program of studies accordingly.<<

  • EDP 6120: School Violence Theory, Prevention, and Intervention ☮
  • EDP 6130: Human Coping In Adulthood
  • EDP 6140: Motivation Theory And Application
  • EDP 6150: Cultural Perspectives In Learning and Development
  • EDP 6190: Seminar In Educational Psychology (Different Topics)
  • EDP 6250: Social Development
  • EDP 6260: Research Methods In Child And Adolescent Development
  • EDP 6360: Thinking And Reasoning In School Contexts ☮
  • EDP 6370: Media Literacy, Society, and the Mind ☮
  • EDP 6990: Independent Study In Educational Psychology (with ☮ focus)

Capstone Experience (select 3 credit hours for one experience)

  • EDP 6960: Master's Thesis in Educational Psychology
  • EDP 6920: Master's Project in Educational Psychology Total

= Minimum 30 credit hours

☮ The Online Graduate Certificate in the Foundations of Peace Education (12 credit hours) can be immersed in the master's degree program. (more info)


Students must have a capstone experience. You may choose between a thesis and a project. In most cases, a thesis is more theoretically-based and formal than a project. For a project, a student needs a chair and an additional reader. For a thesis, a student needs a chair and two additional readers. Faculty who serve as chairs and readers must have "graduate faculty status." Examples of projects and theses are provided on the Main Page of the Educational Psychology Program (at bottom of main page).


Students applying for Master's program come from a range of academic and professional backgrounds:

  • Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.7 or higher on a 4-point scale;
  • Statement of Purpose regarding reason(s) for applying to the program;
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant's ability to complete advanced degree work;
  • Curriculum Vitae/resume, transcripts, and writing samples; and
  • For more details contact the Department Chair.

Students may apply for Graduate Assistantships and/or Financial Aid. Please submit your online application to the College of Graduate Studies (more info).


Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership

Department Chair: Dr. Edward Janak
Phone: (+1) 419.530.4114 Email: Edward.Janak@utoledo.edu
Twitter: @UToledoEdPsych
Web: utoledo.edu/education/depts/efl/programs/edpsych

Mail Stop 921
The University of Toledo
2801 W. Bancroft St.
Toledo, Ohio 43606

College of Graduate Studies

Phone: (+1) 419.530.4723
Email: GrdSch@UTnet.UToledo.edu
Web: utoledo.edu/graduate

Last Updated: 6/9/16