Educational Psychology & Counseling

Masters of Arts in Education, Option in Educational Psychology/Development, Learning, Instruction, & Evaluation

Are you interested in earning a doctorate degree; working as a researcher, evaluator, or professor; setting up or working in a business in mentoring, tutoring, behavior modification, instructional design, or training; or becoming a more effective classroom teacher? Then the Development, Learning, Instruction, and Evaluation MA Program may be for you!

DLI&E Frequently Asked Questions

The specific objectives of the M.A. in Education Degree Program with a specialization in Educational Psychology Development, Learning, Instruction, and Evaluation are as follows:

  1. To prepare students for entry into doctoral programs in educational psychology and education.
Students engage in advanced study of theory and research in educational psychology with special emphasis on educational processes that are most appropriate for entry into doctoral programs in educational psychology and other fields of education.
  2. To offer students who are preparing for basic teaching credentials and teachers who wish to study and improve their teaching and supervision the opportunity to study extensively and in depth as well as learn how to do research about learning, development, instruction, and evaluation as it relates to students, families, teachers, schools, communities, and teaching-instruction variables.
  3. To equip individuals interested in assessment and evaluation with the specialized knowledge and skills necessary to conduct formative and summative evaluations using both quantitative and qualitative strategies. Students master the tools necessary to critically evaluate educational programs, interventions, and processes underlying practical applications related to development, learning, and instruction or training.
Prerequisites* to the M.A. Program, Option in Development, Learning, Instruction and Evaluation
A course in Psychological Foundations, which may be any of the following (3 units):
EPC 314Psychological Foundations
EPC 315Psychological Foundations of Learning and Teaching
EPC 420Educational Psychology of Adolescence
EPC 500Fundamentals for Beginning Teachers
And (3 units):
EPC 600Educational Statistics for Research and Measurements
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Admission Requirements for All Master's Programs

The admission requirements for classified standing in all degrees are:

  1. Completion of application and meeting admissions requirements of the University. (Application available at the Admissions Office.) Requirements include:
    1. Acceptable score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) if undergraduate GPA is below 3.0.
    2. Successfully pass the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam.
    3. A Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Completion of application for admission to the Department graduate programs. See program advisors for specific details. This includes:
    1. Two letters of recommendation.
    2. An admission interview.
    3. Approval by the Department Student Affairs Committee.
  3. Satisfactory completion of prerequisite courses pertinent to the specialization selected, with a grade of B- or better.
Basic Program for the M.A. in Education with a specialization in DLI&E
Note: A total of 30 units with a minimum of 21 units at the 500-600 level are required for the M.A. degree.
Core Program (21 units):
EPC 602Research Principles (3 units)
EPC 605Advanced Psychological Foundations of Education (3 units)
EPC 607Motivation in Learning and Development: Theories and Applications in Educational Psychology (3 units)
EPC 609Human Development: Life-Span Perspective (3 units)
EPC 615Introduction to Instructional Design (3 units)
EPC 684Educational Program Evaluation and Assessment (3 units)
EPC 695DSeminar in DLI&E (3 units)
Electives (6 units):

Electives must be chosen in consultation with and must be approved by a DLI&E Program Advisor. Students may choose courses covering the following: Human Development, Statistics, Measurement, Evaluation, Cognition, Instructional Design, Teaching. (Electives are developed in concert with an advisor and are individualized for each student).


Culminating Experience (3 units): Must be one of the following:
EPC 697Comprehensive Exam (3 units)
EPC 698CThesis/Graduate Project (3 units)

All programs must be approved by the DLI&E MA Program Coordinator, Dr. Pete Goldschmidt, and by the EPC Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Shyrea Minton. This listing is provided for information purposes only, is subject to change without notice, and is not guaranteed to be correct. The student should consult the university catalog for course descriptions.