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Educational Psychology

*M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction

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Campus: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus

Instructions: Residential/On Campus 

Program Overview

The Educational Psychology Program accepts students who are interested in obtaining a master’s degree. Educational psychology is a broad discipline that applies psychological research and theories to educational settings. Students in the educational psychology program study learning, development, motivation, assessment, testing, and instructional design. Individualized programs of study are developed for students to ensure that their studies prepare them well for the career paths they choose. 

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Why choose this program?

We emphasize the research and theories related to learning and motivation, as well as how to apply the research and theories to practice. The program is fairly small, which allows for greater interaction between students and faculty. The faculty works closely with students to tailor their learning experiences to meet their goals. 

Our students investigate strategies to improve teaching, effective methods to present ideas, factors that impact motivation, ways to accurately measure learning and achievement, and practices to create effective learning environments.

What You'll Study

Educational psychology is a broad discipline that applies psychological research and theories to educational settings. Students in the educational psychology program study learning, development, motivation, assessment, testing, and instructional design. Individualized programs of study are developed for students to ensure that their studies prepare them well for the career paths they choose.

Educational Psychologists study the variables that influence what and how people learn. The field of educational psychology is very broad and inclusive. For example, educational psychologists investigate strategies to improve teaching, effective methods to present ideas, factors that impact motivation, ways to accurately measure learning and achievement, and practices to create effective learning environments. Researchers in this broad discipline use many different types of investigative strategies, including quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Educational psychologists generally focus on increasing learning achievement by investigating the relationships between learners, teachers, and content in applied settings, such as classrooms and online courses. Most educational psychologists contribute to establishing sound theories that guide improvements in teaching and learning practices. The guiding commitment of educational psychology is to use sound scientific methods to ensure valid findings that contribute to the increased understanding of human learning and motivation.

Some graduates of the master’s program apply to Ph.D. programs in educational psychology or related fields. Other graduates work in a variety of positions and obtain a master’s degree to further their knowledge of the teaching and learning processes. For example, some students are interested in coaching or working with children. Others are already teaching in some capacity or want to teach and find the degree useful for their career path. Note that this master’s degree does not lead to a teaching certification; therefore, individuals who are not already certified and plan to teach in K-12 public schools should enroll in a degree program that leads to certification.

To be considered for the master’s program in Educational Psychology, a student must:

  • Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (in any field) with 3.0-grade point average (GPA) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work for regular admission status or 2.5 GPA to 2.99 GPA for provisional admission status.

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There is a discount for in-state K-12 teachers; use this application form in order to receive the reduced costs. Otherwise, as with on-campus students, we refer you to the VT Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for information on financial assistance. Generally, distance learners may qualify for federal loans if they take 5 or more credit hours per semester.

Find out what loans are available as a graduate student and other opportunities.

Domestic Application
Spring: December 1
Fall: May 1
Summer: May 1
International Application
Spring: September 1
Fall: April 1

Dr. Brett Jones
Program Leader
School of Education (0313)
Public Safety Building
Suite 201
330 Sterrett Drive
540-230-0957
brettjones@vt.edu

Questions?

Dr. Brett Jones
Program Leader
School of Education (0313)
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-230-0957
brettjones@vt.edu

Faculty Experts in Educational Psychology