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Educational Psychology & Research, M.Ed.

This program provides training in both educational psychology and research methods; it can also include opportunities for research. You can enter the master’s program with an undergraduate degree in any number of fields. The program can be completed either on-campus or online.

On-Campus Option

The on-campus option is primarily designed for students who plan to complete a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research or related fields (e.g., school psychology) upon finishing the M.Ed. In this option you can expect to take many of your classes face to face with a few online.

Together, these courses will provide you an in-depth understanding of essential research skills and analyses coupled with key knowledge of theories and findings on development, learning, instruction, motivation, and cognition. In addition, there are options to become involved with faculty and to join research projects.


Online Option

The online option is primarily designed for current educators and others seeking to increase their knowledge and skills related to educational psychology and research while pursing a master’s degree. In this option you can expect online courses to help you acquire fundamental research skills (e.g., design and analysis) and content (e.g., motivation, learning and instruction) that can be applied to a variety of educational settings (e.g., schools, science museums, zoos).


What kinds of work will I be able to do with this degree?

The master’s program can serve as an excellent foundation for pursuing a Ph.D. in the future. It can also provide essential training for immediate employment in school districts, departments of education, evaluation and research firms, and non-profit agencies.


What is the typical coursework?

Your coursework will include research approaches and tools survey design such as:

  • research and statistical packages
  • design of educational surveys
  • program evaluations
  • constructing cognitive instruments

and course foundational topics in our field such as:

  • development (child, adolescent, and/or adult)
  • learning and instruction
  • cognition
  • motivation



Online Option

  • South Carolina certified teachers pay a reduced tuition rate*.
  • Out-of state students admitted to the online option pay the regular South Carolina resident tuition rate.
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Per Credit Hour – Online Option $515* $572.25
Estimated Total Program Tuition Including Fees – Online Option $20,338* $22,399

See Specially Priced Online Degree Programs information on the fee schedule and the Graduate One Rate estimated cost to attend based on averages across all university programs.


On-Campus Option

  • South Carolina certified teachers pay a reduced tuition rate*.
  • Out-of-state students admitted to the on-campus program pay regular non-resident tuition rate or applicable tuition depending on funding offer.

*This rate applies for SC resident certified teachers completing fewer than 12 hours per semester.

Fees and rates are subject to change and are effective for the 2023-2024 Academic Year. 


Financial Aid

Most students in this program receive assistance through loans and other forms of aid. Complete your FAFSA to be considered for these aid programs. 

To apply, you will need to submit the following:

  1. Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  2. Official transcripts
  3. Personal statement
  4. Resume
  5. Three academic letters of recommendation


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