Educational Theory & Social Foundations Program
The program offers an M.Ed. Degree within four concentrations: the philosophy of education, history of education, educational sociology, and interdisciplinary foundations of education. Additionally, the program offers an online certificate in peace pedagogy.
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Learning and Cognitive Science
Learning and cognitive science explores student learning as well as complex cognitive processes and their impact in educational contexts. This area also considers the impact of affective and cultural influences, including motivation, on cognitive processing.
Human development concerns the study of developmental age trends; the causes and consequences of individual differences in cognitive, social, and emotional development; and the unfolding of human development in various cultural contexts, including the development of cultural identity.
The following questions constitute broad categories of inquiry that frame the inquiry-based
model of graduate education in Educational Psychology:
Learning and Cognitive Science
- What is the nature of learning?
- What is the relationship between motivation and learning?
- What is the impact of social and cultural factors on learning?
- What is the relationship between affect and cognition?
- What is the nature of human development?
- What constitutes development through the life cycle?
- What is the impact of social and cultural forces on human development?
- What is the impact of the knowledge of learning and human development on educational theory, policy, and practice?
Required Credit Hours
Core Courses: 12 hours
Specialization: 21 hours
Thesis Research: 3 hours
Total :36 hours
Basic Educational Psychology (EDP: 5110): A graduate level introduction to the field of educational psychology. Instruction will cover fundamentals of learning, motivation, cognition, individual differences and instructional applications as well as a research-oriented approach to answering scientific questions.
Adolescent Behavior and Development (EDP: 5220): Current theory and research on physical, cognitive, social, emotional and personality development are examined and used as the basis for identifying and solving problems related to adolescent growth and development.
Cultural Perspectives in Learning and Development (EDP: 6150): This course aims to develop a broader understanding of the role of culture in psychological processes and the implications of such psychological understanding for a culturally diverse society.
Social Development (EDP: 6250): Critical examination of theory and research on social behaviors such as attachment, aggression and prosocial behavior, including their causes, how they affect the person and how they change with age.
Behavior Management (EDP: 5330): Theory and research related to behavioral and cognitive approaches to behavior management. Students will carry out research-based behavior management projects requiring behavioral analyses, observation, program design, development and evaluation.
Child Behavior and Development (EDP: 5210): Current theory and research on physical, cognitive, social, emotional and personality development are examined and used as the basis for identifying and solving problems related to child growth and development.
Adult Development (EDP: 5230): Emphasizes classical and modern theories of adulthood from a critical perspective, as well as applications of research on cognitive, physical, personality and social development from early adulthood through old age.
Thinking and Reasoning in School Contexts (EDP: 6360): Analysis of theory and research about thinking and reasoning in school subjects and school learning.
Instructional Psychology (EDP: 5320): Theory and research in psychology that contributes to effective instruction. Topics include varieties and conditions of learning, information processing, learning analysis, constructivism, mastery learning, cooperative learning, norm & criterion-referenced measurement.
Motivation Theory and Application (EDP: 6140): Graduate-level study of conceptions of motivation in various settings. Emphasis is on understanding major concepts and principles, as well on application to such settings as classroom, counseling and industry.
Cognition and Technology (EDP: 6190): The collaborative study of a specific topic in educational psychology by a group of advanced students under the direction of one or more professors.
Bullying and Its Implications (EDP: 6190): The collaborative study of a specific topic in educational psychology by a group of advanced students under the direction of one or more professors.
Self and Identity (EDP: 6190): The collaborative study of a specific topic in educational psychology by a group of advanced students under the direction of one or more professors.
To apply for admission into the Master's Degree for this program, visit the College of Graduate Studies Website.
The UT Graduate College homepage: http://www.utoledo.edu/graduate/
Admission Guidelines: http://www.utoledo.edu/graduate/prospectivestudents/admission/guidelines.html
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Graduate Student Handbook 2012-2013: http://www.utoledo.edu/graduate/forms/Hbk_2012_2013.pdf
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Phone: 419.530.GRAD (4723)
Each year, UT graduate students may apply for a fellowship, scholarship, or award given by the College of Graduate Studies. The deadline for application submissions this year is February 14th, 2014.
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