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Graduate Bulletin

Educational Psychology, Ed.M.

Concentration: Instructional Psychology (General Educational Psychology)


Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

Fall: May 1

Spring: November 1

Applications are processed on a rolling basis. The program makes every attempt to process all applications in a timely manner. Applications that are completed after May 1 may not be acted upon until the fall semester.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 2

From Whom: Anyone familiar with the applicant's academic competence may write letters of recommendation. In general, the most common source of these letters is college/university faculty members.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:



Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:


Statement of Goals:

Applicants should indicate their goals and objectives for obtaining a master's degree. This statement is evaluated against the program's mission. A typical goal statement contains the following items: The student's reason for seeking a master's degree, with a specific focus on the career to which the student aspires. The student's research interests. Academic and job-related experiences, relevant to the program. A typical goal statement is 2 to 3 pages in length.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE is required. While no minimum score is specified, it is expected that the score will be at no less than the 50th percentile. The GRE must have been taken no longer than five years perior to application.

Minimum TOEFL score or range of scores needed to be accepted: 600 on the paper-based test or 250 on the computer-based test.


A resume is required.

Transfer Credit:

Courses may be transferred as long as they have been taken less than five years ago and are relevant to the program. The academic adviser makes the decision about the relevancy of the courses that the student desires to transfer. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6.

Program Requirements

Campus Location:

Main Campus, Harrisburg

Cohort degrees are offered onsite in various school districts in Philadelphia region.

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Students are required to complete the degree program through classes offered after 4:30 p.m.

General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30

Required Courses:

Ed 525, Ed Psych 529, 531, 541, 625, 627

Two from the following EdPsy 550, 621, 629, 632, 638, 639, 643, 735, 741, 831, 885/986/987

Cognate electives (3) may be selected from university-wide course offerings.

Education 525 fulfills one of these course requirements.

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:

Comprehensive Examination:

The master's comprehensive is intended to allow the student to demonstrate a breadth and depth of knowledge in the core areas of Educational Psychology. The content of the exam is primarily focused on the six core courses in the program: Ed 525, Ed Psy 529, 531, 541, 625 and 627

Comprehensive Exam Subject - Students are given five educational psychology articles six weeks prior to the exam. Two of these articles are chosen for inclusion in the comprehensive. Students are asked questions focusing on theory, methodology, and application.

Comprehensive Exam Complete - At the end of the coursework.

Comprehensive Exam Write - All faculty members write questions for and grade the comprehensive.

Comprehensive Exam Grade - Faculty members separately grade each exam using a scale of High Pass, Pass, Low Pass and Fail. All tests are graded anonymously.

Comprehensive Exam Pass - The scores from all faculty members are aggregated. Students receive the modal score. If there is a wide variation among the scores, the faculty will discuss the performance. All pass/fail decisions are made anonymously.

Comprehensive Exam Schedule - The comprehensive exam is given twice each year, in November and April. The exam is administered on a Saturday. The specific date for the exam will be provided to the students when they apply to take the exam.


The purpose of the thesis is to gain experience in conducting publishable quality research. The thesis committee must consist of a minimum of two faculty members. The thesis must be defended in an oral examination attended by at least one faculty member beyond the sponsoring committee.


Program Contact Information:


Department Information:

Educational Psychology Program
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091


Department Contacts:


Dr. William Fullard


Program Coordinator:

Graduate Chairperson:

Dr. Joseph Rosenfeld



Dr. Joseph Rosenfeld


About the Program

The master's degree in Educational Psychology offers students advanced study in the areas of learning, cognition, human development, instructional technology, special education, applied statistical analysis, and research design. The program is focused on the application of theories and methodologies from the social and behavioral sciences to education.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 4 years


Campus Location:

Main Campus, Harrisburg

Cohort degrees are offered onsite in various school districts in Philadelphia region.

Students are required to complete the degree program through classes offered after 4:30 p.m. Students are able to complete the degree program on a part-time basis (8 credit hours or less per semester).

Department Information

Educational Psychology Program
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091



The Educational Psychology program is one of the graduate programs in the College of Education at Temple. The College was ranked 15th in the nation in the most recent U.S. News & World Report ranking of graduate schools.


Not applicable.

Areas of Specialization:

There are three major specializations in the program: Instructional Psychology (General Educational Psychology); Professional Development for Teachers; and Instructional and Learning Technology (ILT) [see Educational Psychology/Instructional Learning Technology]. Coursework is offered in the areas of human learning and cognition, human development, instructional technology, applied statistics, research design, and educational measurement.

Job Placement:

Graduates typically pursue careers in higher education (departments of education or psychology), in K-12 educational settings, as instructional technology specialists, as trainers in corporate, government or medical settings, or as educational specialists in positions requiring skills in research design, applied statistics, or testing/measurement.


Although there is no certification in educational psychology, the program does meet the general requirements for an academic program as specified by the American Psychological Association.

Interdisciplinary Study:

The program has a strong interdisciplinary focus. Students are encouraged to take courses in the social-behavioral sciences throughout the University. In addition, the program concentrates on applications in a wide variety of educational settings: formal and informal; public and private; schools and industries, etc.

Study Abroad:



Not applicable.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

Students may take up to 9 credits prior to admission. In general, all of the program's courses are open to non-matriculated students.

Financing Opportunities