If you aspire to motivate children in your classroom, make instruction more exciting, research instructional methods, or evaluate programs and lessons, a Saint Rose program in Educational Psychology can open these opportunities for you.

Graduates leave this program with the ability to critique any instructional situation—teaching mathematical concepts in a typical classroom, leading adult workshops for the State Education Department, conducting parenting classes, grant writing, program evaluation, and others—and then develop strategies that will help create the optimal learning environment. Students choose from one of four schemes that lead to the degree:

General Scheme: designed for students who seek a broad understanding of educational psychology and its application to diverse contexts.

Research Scheme: preferred by students—often aiming for their Ph.D. in Educational Psychology— who will be conducting empirical research in their careers.

School Psychology Scheme: open only to those who have been admitted into the Certificate of Advanced Study in School Psychology.

What Is Educational Psychology?

Educational Psychology is a branch of psychology devoted to understanding the psychological issues associated with learning and motivation. Under this broad umbrella, the educational psychologists focus their research attention on the importance of human development, assessment, culture, and technology. They look for the relationship between these issues and ways they may impact the learner. With this understanding, educational psychologists strive to create optimal environments where students can flourish academically, socially and personally.

What Does an Educational Psychologist Do?

Educational Psychologists work in a variety of settings. Many are classroom teachers who use their master’s degree in educational psychology to obtain their professional teaching certificates. Equally as important, these teachers use the knowledge gained from their educational psychology courses to improve their teaching and their students’ learning. Others may choose to work in the corporations, governmental agencies, testing companies or schools where they analyze data to help organizations make sound decisions, engage in staff training and development and evaluate program effectiveness.

Where Are Educational Psychologists Employed?

Many educational psychologists find themselves teaching and doing research in college and university settings preparing the next generation of educational professionals. Below are listed some of the settings in which our graduates have worked.

  • Schools
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Government Agencies
  • Businesses
  • College Career Centers
  • Health And Human Service Organizations
  • Professional Organizations
  • Community Training Programs

Program Overview

Educational Psychology is a degree for practitioners. Graduates leave this program with theory and skills that allow them to critique any instructional situation (e.g., teaching mathematical concepts in a typical classroom, leading adult workshops for the State Education Department, conducting parenting classes, grant writing, program evaluation), and then to develop strategies, based on theory, that will help to create the optimal learning environment for the given learners. Students are encouraged to develop their multicultural awareness and technological expertise. Students are challenged to become independent thinkers, to value their roles as professional educators and to become contributing members of the larger community.

General Admission Information

Eligibility for admission to The College of Saint Rose graduate programs is typically based upon the following minimum requirements:

  • Submission of a completed application and a Statement of Purpose of approximately 300 words detailing the applicant’s goals for graduate study.
  • Evidence of the possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution through submission of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.
  • Academic and professional qualifications for graduate study, as indicated by two letters of recommendation.
  • A grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), overall and in the undergraduate major.
  • Other admission criteria specified by academic programs such as submission of resumes, writing samples, portfolios, test scores, and participation in interviews or admissions workshops.
  • Demonstration of English proficiency: Send us your TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores. The testing requirement is waived for applicants who have previously earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the United States. The College of Saint Rose offers English as a Second Language (ESL) studies and offers conditional acceptances to those who meet all other admission requirements. Conditionally accepted students must show English proficiency before enrolling in their coursework.
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