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COEHD  Degree Information Sheet

M.A. in Educational Psychology

Educational Psychology  |   Master's Degree

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Purpose of Program

The M.A. degree in Educational Psychology aims to prepare culturally competent scientist-practitioners and researchers to effectively contribute to the psychological development and well-being of children and adolescents. This program has the following concentrations: General Educational Psychology, Behavior Assessment and Intervention (Behavior Analysis focus), Program Evaluation, and Applied Educational Psychology. Students in the program will choose from four concentration areas based on their professional goals and interests. Each concentration prepares students for career-specific applications of the degree. The coursework provides students with a strong foundation in Educational Psychology theory and principles as well as the skills to apply this learning to relevant contexts (e.g., educational, clinical, community, industrial/organizational, and home settings). Students who wish to complete an intensive research project have the option of completing a Master's Thesis for 6 credit hours.

Program Options

General Educational Psychology concentration: (36 hour) This concentration is designed for students who want to expand their knowledge and skills in areas such as teaching, learning, motivation, development, evaluation, and research methods. This concentration offers the greatest amount of flexibility in terms of elective courses that best match the student’s interests, and can be used in preparation for doctoral study in a range of academic fields.  

Behavior Assessment and Intervention concentration: (36 hour) This concentration builds on the department's Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis and prepares graduates for eligibility to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA®) through approved coursework and practicum opportunities. BCBA® professionals conduct systematic functional behavioral assessments, which allow them to design and supervise intervention plans according to the specific needs of their clients. 

Program Evaluation concentration: (36 hour) This concentration focuses on evaluation, measurement, research design, and statistical methods. In addition to coursework in these areas, all students complete a practicum experience in a setting relevant to their career interests. Individuals with expertise in program evaluation and related skills are often employed in educational, government, public health, organizational, and business settings.

Applied Educational Psychology concentration: (36 hour) This concentration includes coursework in psychological assessment, mental health, and advanced practicum experiences. The focus is on providing coursework that students can apply towards the Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA) credential, which is governed by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for program graduates (depending on concentration area) include: employment as a master's level certified behavior analyst in a variety of settings (e.g. preschools, private schools, public schools, clinics, and hospitals); developing and evaluating programs for schools, non-profits, health facilities, businesses and government agencies; and providing psychological services in community settings.

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Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet UTSA Graduate School admission requirements and be in good standing with last institution attended. In addition, applicants must meet/fulfill the following departmental requirements or submissions:

The number of students admitted to this program may be limited, and admission may be competitive. Admission to the program is based on the following criteria:

  • Official transcripts indicating a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, preferably in a related field such as Psychology or Education.
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 semester credit hours of coursework for the baccalaureate degree, as well as in all graduate-level coursework taken (if applicable).
  • GRE Test Scores (including the Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing tests). GRE scores cannot be more than five years old. 
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must submit an official score on either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum scores include a score of at least 550 on the TOEFL paper version, at least 79 on the TOEFL Internet version, or at least 6.5 on the IELTS.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional references. These letters should specifically address the applicant's academic and/or professional skills, and potential to succeed in a rigorous graduate program.
  • A  Statement of Purpose (approximately 500 words) which outlines the applicant's (1) reasons for pursuing the M.A. degree in Educational Psychology, (2) area of concentration they are most interested in, (3) experiences relevant to the concentration they are most interested in, and (4) career plans.

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