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The mission of the Department of Educational Psychology is to promote the development and application of scientific knowledge. To do so, our faculty members are committed to:

  • Producing high-quality, innovative research and scholarship
  • Providing effective and culturally inclusive instructional technologies to prepare practitioners and researchers to use the tools, resources, and strategies necessary to improve the educational experience of all learners
  • Preparing culturally competent scientist-practitioners and researchers to effectively contribute to the applied psychological development and well-being of children and adolescents
  • Providing responsive educational and psychological services to the local community, schools, and beyond
  • Engaging in participatory and leadership roles in local, national, and international institutions and organizations









Our Academic Programs

Master of Arts in School Psychology (M.A.)

This program is designed for students who want to work with children and adolescents experiencing a wide range of academic, emotional, and behavioral difficulties. Common roles and functions of the School Psychologist include psychological assessment, counseling, consultation, crisis intervention, research, and program evaluation. School Psychologists work with students, their families, and school staff in order to help students be as successful as possible in school. The program is designed to provide students the academic and practical training necessary to become licensed as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. Graduates are eligible to apply for certification as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, which is a nationally-recognized professional certification granted by the National Association of School Psychologists.

Master of Arts in Educational Psychology (M.A.)

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. 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.

Concentrations (36 hours):

  • General Educational Psychology: designed for students who want to expand their knowledge and skills in areas such as teaching, learning, motivation, development, evaluation, and research methods.
  • Behavior Assessment and Intervention: 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. 

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  • Program Evaluation: focuses on evaluation, measurement, research design, and statistical methods.
  • Applied Educational Psychology: includes coursework in psychological assessment, mental health, and advanced practicum experiences. 


Graduate certificates are conferred through an educational process, and typically awarded upon completion of required courses. Sponsoring academic units may align required coursework with established professional standards. Certificates may require some demonstration of knowledge acquired through the coursework, such as a project or portfolio.

The Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Certificate is designed to meet the needs of current and prospective students interested in developing proficiency in applied behavioral analysis. This certificate focuses on the perspective of educational psychology and special education from learning theory as it relates to applied behavior analysis.  

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The Language Acquisition and Bilingual Psychoeducational Assessment (LABPA) Certificate is designed to address the needs of prospective students interested in developing skills in bilingual Psychoeducational assessment and foundational knowledge in language acquisition and the bilingual continuum, which an emphasis on Spanish-speaking English Language Learners (ELLs).


** Educational Psychology also provides supportive coursework to other departments and degree programs .




The Certificate in Program Evaluation (CPE) is designed to meet the needs of students interested in developing foundational skills in program evaluation and research methods (including quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method approaches). Skills in conducting formative evaluations, using stakeholder focus groups, and bringing the lens of implementation science to the planned collection and analysis of data make these courses unique from most other research and statistics courses at UTSA. The CPE is offered through the Department of Educational Psychology in the College of Education and Human Development and conforms to the training guidelines of the American Evaluation Association (AEA).

UTSA, The Right Choice



Yolanda Diaz is a graduating senior in the University of Texas at San Antonio's College of Education and Human Development

  • Educational Opportunities -- Our students and graduates have the knowledge and skills necessary to engage in scholarly inquiry, to deliver accountable, research-based services, and to understand how to use psychology as       a force for positive change


  • Professional Networking -- Department has been successful in developing effective partnerships with local school districts and community agencies, which gives our students an advantage when seeking practicum and       internship opportunities


  • Diverse Opportunities -- Addition of LABPA Certificate expands our reach into diverse and underserved schools and communities by offering bilingual aspect to our students and those they serve


  • Educational Expertise -- Our faculty members are involved in high-impact research projects and participate in local and national professional organizations. Department Ranked 6th in nation in research productivity by NASP , with three faculty listed as prolific.


  • Research -- Faculty and students conduct important research, such as that conducted at the Psychological Assessment and Consultation Center, provides learning opportunities, community service and acts as an avenue for creating new knowledge. 


  • Convenience -- The Department and Psychological Assessment and Consultation Center are conveniently located at the Downtown Campus