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Marist College offers a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology centered on understanding the learning processes of perse groups of people. This program is designed to develop students into reflective and critical professional educators. The curriculum is a combination of liberal arts with research-validated pedagogical knowledge. The mission of the program is to enhance student areas of knowledge and skills in the following areas: Art and Science Teaching; The Learner; Literacy; Foundations, Context, and Purpose; and Research and Inquiry.
There are two tracks available for the MA in Educational Psychology degree. The first track is Professional Certification in Childhood Education (1-6) and the second leads to initial certification in Middle Childhood Extension (5-6) which fulfills the master’s degree requirements for certification in Adolescence Education. Both tracks require 36 hours of coursework to complete in conjunction with an electronic portfolio based upon the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.
Admission requirements include a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; a copy of initial teacher certificate; submission of a personal essay of at least 500 words describing background experiences and how these relate to work in education; two letters of recommendation; and an on-campus interview with the program coordinator. There are also two prerequisite courses: Introduction to Psychology and Introductory Statistics.
Successful completion of the MA in Educational Psychology degree comprises completion of all requirements no later than five years after matriculation, completion of a total of 36 credit hours, and maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Even though this is primarily an online program, students must attend a two-week residency cohort on campus for two summers with all fall and spring semester courses. There is also a full-time student program that meets four evenings per week on campus.
Students must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, a teacher certificate, and have completed Introduction to Psychology and Introductory Statistics.
Accreditation & Licensing
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Two-week cohort on campus for two summers
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