Undergraduate Course Catalog

Educational Psychology

S. Paulson, Chairperson 

Educational psychology includes the study of human development, learning, motivation, measurement, research, and statistics. Courses deal with human relationships, human development, changes in human behavior, and the teaching-learning process. 


MINOR IN GIFTED AND TALENTED EDUCATION, 15 hours

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411
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Education Gifted Student
Identif/Evaluation Gifted
Models/Strategies Gifted
Practicum Gifted Education
Creative Thinking (3)

Social/Emotional Needs Gifted (3)

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15 hrs

MINOR IN PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, 18 hours 

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254
270
350
351
355
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370

Early Childhood (3) 
Lifespan Development (3) 
Child Psychology (3)
Adolescent Psychology (3)
Adult Psychology (3)
Service Learning (3)
Immersive Learning (3)

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BIO
 
CPSY
 
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GERO
 
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PHYS
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SOC
 
 
 
 
 
 
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311
214
453
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360
250
306
345
202
250
265
275
475
435
440
469
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316
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424
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Culture of Education (3)
Ethnicity and Race (3)
Genetics (4)
Human Genetic/Problem Humanity (3) 
Human Relation Development (3)
Aspects of Sexuality (3) 
Human Growth Development (3)
Behavior Analysis (3)
Tests and Measurement (3) 
Family Wellness (3)
Family Relations (3)
Infant/Toddler Devlop Educ (3)
Child Development (3)
Marriage (3) 
Aging in Communities (3) 
Women and Aging (3) 
Health and Aging (3)
Death and Dying (3)
Women and Health (3) 
Fund of Hum Phys (3)
Social Psychology (3)
Personality (3)
Developmental Psychology (3)
Psychology of Women (3)
Motivation and Emotion (3)
Psychology of Diversity (3)
Abnormal Psychology (3)
Cognitive Neuroscience (3) 
Intro Race & Ethnic Relations (3)
Family and Society (3)
Sociology of Gender (3)
Racial & Cultural Minor US (3)
Family (3)
Aging and the Life Course (3)
Sociology of Human Sexuality (3) 
Language Development (3) 
Intro Stdnts w/Except Nds (3)
Tch Studs/Dis in Gen Ed (3)
Topics in Autism (3) 







































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LICENSE IN GIFTED AND TALENTED EDUCATION, 12 hours  

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Creative Thinking (3)

Social/Emotional Needs Gifted (3)

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EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (EDPS) 

250 Human Growth and Development (3)
Introduction to human development from birth through adolescence. Covers biological, cognitive, and social development, with application to life in the family, school, community, and broader social context. 
    Not open to students who have credit in EDPS 260. 

251 Human Growth and Development for Secondary Education (3)
Introduction to human development from birth through adolescence, emphasizing the preadolescent and adolescent periods. Covers biological, cognitive, and social development as they apply to the middle school and high school settings. 
    Open only to students in secondary education programs. 

254 Psychology of Early Childhood (3)
Study of young children of nursery school and kindergarten age. Emphasizes physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development, particularly as it relates to child care and early childhood education settings. 

260 Human Growth and Development for Elementary Education (3)
Introduction to human development from birth through adolescence, emphasizing the preschool and middle childhood periods. Covers biological, cognitive, and social development as they apply to the preschool and elementary school settings. 
    Not open to students who have credit in EDPS 250. 
    Open only to elementary and early childhood education majors. 

270 Human Development Across the Lifespan (3)
This course will be an introductory course of research and developmental theory using a lifespan perspective. 

299X Experimental/Developmental Topics (3-6)
Topics relevant to the discipline. Topic titles will be announced before each semester. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned. 

306 Behavior Analysis in Education (3)
Helps students to translate learning principles into teaching practices; to design and implement behavior analysis procedures that enhance motivation and learning in educational settings and decrease behavior problems; and to assess the effects of such instructional techniques. 

345 Educational Tests and Measurement (3)
Teacher constructed tests, standardized educational tests, and performance assessments, along with the use of such tests as instruments for the evaluation of learning. Techniques of test construction.

350 Child Psychology (3)
An upper-level study of child development. Covers the biological, cognitive, and social developmental processes from conception to the transition into early adolescence, emphasizing current research in child development. 

351 Adolescent Psychology (3)
An upper-level study of adolescent development. Covers the biological, cognitive, and social developmental processes from the beginning of puberty through the transition into early adulthood, emphasizing current research in adolescent development. 

355 Adult Psychology (3)
An upper-level course in adult development. Covers the biological, cognitive, and social developmental processes from early adulthood through late adulthood, including death and dying. Content is based on current theories and research. 

360 Service Learning with Children, Families, and Adults (3)
Students will be placed with local agencies and work directly with children, adults, families, and/or older adults. Instruction and reflection will focus on developmental psychology. 
    Prerequisite: EDPS 350 or 351 or 355 or permission of the instructor. 

370 Immersive Learning with Children, Families, and Adults (3)
This immersive learning course will place students in local community agencies to conduct research and program evaluations. 
    Prerequisite: EDPS 350 or 351 or 355 or permission of the instructor. 

390 Educational Psychology (3)
Study of the psychological principles underlying teaching, learning, thinking, behavior, and motivation. Content will cover the theories, research, and assessment of these concepts and their application in the school setting. 
    Prerequisite: EDPS 250 or 251. 

393 Educational Psychology for Elementary Education (3)
Study of the psychological principles underlying teaching, learning, thinking, behavior, and motivation in preschool and elementary settings. Covers the theories, research, and assessment of these concepts and their application in schools. 
    Not open to students who have credit in EDPS 390. 
    Open only to elementary education and early childhood education majors. 

411 Development of Creative Thinking (3)
Theories and strategies for fostering the creative self and developing creative thinking. Analyzes the effects of personality characteristics and of various biological, cognitive, motivational, and environmental conditions on the development of creative thinking.

420 Education of Gifted Children (3)
Examination of psychological characteristics and educational needs of gifted and talented children in the schools. Definitions of giftedness and identification procedures are studied; review of current and past practices in the field. 

421 Identification and Evaluation of Gifted and Talented Students (3)
Explores in-depth past and current practices of identifying gifted students. Topics include measurement and assessment issues implicit in the identification process of gifted students and their programs.         
    Prerequisite: EDPS 420.  

423 Investigating the Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Students (3)
Examination of the research related to gifted students and the social and emotional dimensions that are unique to this population. Emphasis is placed on understanding the lived experiences of gifted children as well as social interventions and curricular strategies that can be employed within various educational environments.  

425 Models and Strategies for Gifted Learners (3)
Examination of the theoretical models and strategies used in differentiation of instruction for gifted students. Part of the sequence for the license in gifted education. Students learn models and the instructional strategies necessary for their implementation. In addition, they create their own unit based on one of the models studied.                 
    Prerequisite: EDPS 420. 

430 Mental Health (3)
Study of the development of mental health. Covers the identification of mental health problems and examines methods of intervention and prevention. 
    Prerequisite: 6 hours of psychology. 

496 Practicum in Gifted Education (3) 
Supervised teaching and laboratory experience with children in educational settings. Meets teaching licensure requirements.         
    Prerequisite: EDPS 420.                 
    Open only to students in a gifted and talented program or with permission of the instructor. 

498 Seminar in Educational Psychology (3-6)
Group or individual investigation and study of current issues, problems, and developments in human development, classroom learning, and evaluation.
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson.
    A total of 12 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 6 in any one semester or term.

499 Independent Study: Educational Psychology (1-6)
Individually planned experiences, extensive independent research in educational psychology.         
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson.                 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned.