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 credits

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420
421 
425
496
411
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423

Intro Gifted Talented
Identif and Evaluation Gifted
Models and Strategies Gifted
Practicum Gifted Education
Creative Thinking (3)

Social Emotional Needs Gifted (3)

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15 crs

MINOR IN PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, 18 credits 

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12 credits from  

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254
270
350
351
355
360
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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6 credits from  

ANTH
BIO
 
CPSY
 
EDPS
 
 
FCFC
 

 
 
GERO
 
HSC
 
 
PHYS
PSYS
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
SOC
 
 
 
 
 
 
SPAA
SPCE

311
214
453
230
360
250
306
345
202
250
265
275
475
435
440
365
371
372
205
316
317
321
324
362
424
432
468
221
224
235
421
424
431
434
270
201
302
334

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) 
Child and Family Wellness (3)
Family Relations (3)
Infant and Toddler Dvlp 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 and Ethnic Relat (3)
Family and Society (3)
Sociology of Gender (3)
Racial and Cultural Minor US (3)
Family (3)
Aging and the Life Course (3)
Sociology of Human Sexuality (3) 
Language Development (3) 
Intro Stdnts with Except Nds (3)
Tch Studs and Dis in Gen Ed (3)
Topics in Autism (3) 






































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18 crs

LICENSE IN GIFTED AND TALENTED EDUCATION, 12 credits  

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420
421
425
411
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423

Intro Gifted Talented 
Identif and Evaluation Gifted
Models and Strategies Gifted
Creative Thinking (3)

Social Emotional Needs Gifted (3)

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12 crs

EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (EDPS) 

250 Human Growth and Development (3)
Introduction to human development from birth through adolescence. Covers biological, cognitive, social, and emotional development as they relate to family, school, community, and broader social contexts.
    
Not open to students who have credit in EDPS 260.
    Open only to students in all-grade education programs.

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

254 Psychology of Early Childhood (3)
Study of the development of young children from birth to age eight. 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 emphasizing the preschool and middle childhood periods. Covers biological, cognitive, social, and emotional development as they relate to educational practice in 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)
Introduction to human development from conception to death. Covers biological, cognitive, social, and emotional development as they apply to family, school, community, and broader social contexts.

299X Experimental/Developmental Topics (3-6)
Topics relevant to the discipline. Topic titles will be announced before each semester. 
    A total of 6 credits 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 course will focus on students working with children, youth, and families and/or developing programs, materials, or services to promote healthy development.
    
Prerequisite: EDPS 350 or 351 or 355 or permission of the instructor.

390 Educational Psychology (3)
Study of the psychological principles underlying the processes of teaching and learning. Primary focus is provided on the domains of research-based pedagogical strategies, best practices in assessment, and identifying influences on student learning, behavior, and motivation. Content will cover the theoretical bases of these concepts as well as promoting the applied implementation of best practices in educational settings.
    Prerequisite: EDPS 250 or 251, or permission of the chairperson.
    Not open to students who have credit in EDPS 393.

393 Educational Psychology for Elementary Education (3)
Study of the psychological principles underlying the processes of teaching and learning. Primary focus is provided on the domains of research-based pedagogical strategies, best practices in assessment, and identifying influences on student learning, behavior, and motivation. Content will cover the theoretical bases of these concepts as well as promoting the applied implementation of best practices in early childhood and elementary school settings.
    Prerequisite: EDPS 260.
    Not open to students who have credit in EDPS 390.

411 Development of Creative Thinking (3)
Examines theories and strategies for developing creative thinking among self and others. Analyzes factors that facilitate creativity, such as personality characteristics, process strategies, and environmental conditions.

420 Introduction to the Gifted and Talented Student (3)
Examines psychological characteristics and educational needs of gifted and talented children. Topics include definitions, identification options, and programming components. Provides an overview of current and past practices in the field.

421 Identification and Evaluation of Gifted and Talented Students (3)
Explores past and current practices for identification of gifted students. Examines the measurement and assessment issues inherent in recognizing and facilitating growth among gifted students. Illuminates best practices to evaluate the efficacy of gifted 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)
Examines theoretical models and strategies that serve as a foundation for curriculum and pedagogy for gifted students. Topics include facilitating creative and critical thinking, developing differentiated learning experiences, and designing defensible assessments.
    
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 credits of psychology. 

496 Practicum in Gifted Education (3)
Application of knowledge of high ability education in practical settings, including but not limited to: supervised teaching experiences with high ability students, research projects examining high ability education, or gifted program evaluations.
    
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 credits may be earned, but no more than 6 in any one semester or term.

499 Independent Study: Educational Psychology (1-12)
Individually planned experiences, extensive independent research in educational psychology.
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson.
    A total of 12 credits may be earned.