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Graduate Record 2022-2023 
Graduate Record 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED RECORD]

Master of Education in Educational Psychology

Core Requirements

A minimum of 33 semester-hours of graduate course credit must be completed to earn an M.Ed. Up to 6 semester-hours of graduate credit taken prior to admission may be counted toward the degree, as long as courses are current and related to the program of study. Only 3 credits of independent study may be counted toward degree requirements. Students select one concentration pathway: Social Foundations or Applied Developmental Science.

Social Foundation Concentration

In addition to the required core sources, students in the Social Foundations concentration must complete the following requirements. 

Electives (9 credits)

9 semester-hours (electives) may be earned in other courses offered by the school or university. These should be selected in consultation with the student’s advisor so as to provide strength in the student’s specific area of academic and/or professional interest.

Students may elect to do more intensive work in history, philosophy, sociology, or anthropology of education by taking further courses in these areas as well as in the university departments of history, philosophy, sociology, or anthropology. Others might want to build their program around an area of practical educational interest, such as work relating to comparative education, critical educational policy, and/or multicultural education.

Comprehensive Exam

The comprehensive exam is in the form of a research paper developed during the student’s time in the program.  In their final semester of coursework, students submit a 15-20 research page paper that will be evaluated by Social Foundations faculty. 

Applied Developmental Science Concentration

In addition to the required core sources, students in the Applied Developmental Science concentration must complete the following requirements. 

Educational Psychology & Foundations (3 credits)

Complete 1 Educational Psychology & Foundations course.

Research Methods (3 credits)

Select one of the following:

Internship (6 credits)

Comprehensive Exam

Students complete a comprehensive exam during the last semester of the program.

Public Professional Licensure Disclosure

As a member of the State Authorizations Reciprocity Agreement, the University of Virginia (UVA) is authorized to provide curriculum in a distance learning environment to students located in all states in the United States except for California. (34 CFR 668.43(a)(6)& 34 CFR 668.72(n)). 

Upon completion of the Master of Education in Educational Psychology at the UVA School of Education and Human Development, graduates may be eligible for initial professional licensure in another U.S. state by applying to the licensing board or agency in that state.

Please visit the University’s state authorization web pages to make an informed decision regarding which states’ educational requirements for initial licensure are met by this program. (668.43(a)(5) (v)(A) - (C))

Enrolled students who change their current (or mailing) address to a state other than Virginia should update this information immediately in the Student Information System as it may impact their ability to complete internship, practicum, or clinical hours, use Title IV funds, or meet licensure or certification requirements in the new state. (34 CFR 668.402).