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Graduate Bulletin

Educational Psychology, Ed.M.

Concentration: Instructional Psychology (General Educational Psychology)


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: April 1

Spring: November 1

Complete applications received by the published deadlines are guaranteed a decision for the upcoming semester.   Those received after the stated deadlines are reviewed on a space-available basis. Applications are reviewed as they are completed, and applicants are notified of a decision in as timely a manner as possible.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 2

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from anyone familiar with the applicant's academic competence. 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:

All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent of the appropriate baccalaureate degree at Temple University.

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 applicant's reason for seeking a master's degree, with a specific focus on the career to which s/he aspires; her/his research interests; and 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 or MAT is required. While no minimum score is specified, it is expected that the score will be no less than at the 50th percentile. The GRE or MAT must have been taken no longer than five years prior to application.

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 600 paper-based, 250 computer-based, or 100 internet-based.


A resume is required.

Transfer Credit:

Courses may be transferred as long as they were taken within the past five years and are relevant to the program. The academic advisor 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
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30

Required Courses:

ED 5325:  Introduction to Statistics and Research

ED PSYCH 5529:  Tests and Measurements

ED PSYCH 5531:  Learning Theories and Education

ED PSYCH 5541:  Concepts in Human Development

ED PSYCH 8625:  Intermediate Educational Statistics

ED PSYCH 8627:  Introduction to Research Design

Two from the following:

ED PSYCH 5551:  Introduction to Program Evaluation

ED PSYCH 8621:  Academic Assessment and Remediation

ED PSYCH 8629:  Test Construction and Validation

ED PSYCH 8638:  Seminar in Instructional Theories

ED PSYCH 8639:  Instructional Design and Development

ED PSYCH 8735:  Proseminar in Learning

ED PSYCH 8741:  Proseminar in Human Development

ED PSYCH 8970:  Seminar Series: Problems in Educational Psychology

ED PSYCH 8980:  Seminar Series: Problems in Educational Psychology

Three cognate electives may be selected from university-wide course offerings.

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:

Comprehensive Examination:

The master's comprehensive examination is intended to allow the student to demonstrate a breadth and depth of knowledge in the core areas of Educational Psychology.  It is taken at the end of coursework.  The content of the exam is primarily focused on the six core courses in the program: ED 5325, ED PSYCH 5529, ED PSYCH 5531, ED PSYCH 5541, ED PSYCH 8625, and ED PSYCH 8627.

Students are given five Educational Psychology articles six weeks prior to the exam. Two of the articles are chosen for inclusion in the comprehensive exam. Questions focus on theory, methodology, and application.

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 is provided to the students when they apply to take the exam.

All faculty members write questions for and grade the comprehensive exam separately using a scale of High Pass, Pass, Low Pass, and Fail.  All tests are graded anonymously. The scores from all faculty members are aggregated. Students receive the modal score. If a wide variation is found among the scores, faculty discuss the performance. All Pass/Fail decisions are made anonymously.


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. Glenn Snelbecker


Program Coordinator:

Dr. Frank Farley




Dr. Joseph DuCette


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, Harrisburg

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

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

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


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.


Although certification in Educational Psychology is not offered, the program does meet the general requirements for an academic program as specified by the American Psychological Association.

Study Abroad:



Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Areas of Specialization:

At the master's level, three major specializations are offered in the program: Instructional Psychology (General Educational Psychology); Professional Development for Teachers; and Instructional and Learning Technology (ILT). 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.


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

Assistantships are available. Students who wish to apply for an Assistantship should submit an application to Dr. Jan Price Greenough, Graduate Programs Office, 150 Ritter Hall Annex, 1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19122.  Applications are found on the College of Education website at http://www.temple.edu/education/pdfs/assistantship-application.pdf.

Updated 4.17.09