Immerse yourself in the science of learning

Whether your ultimate goal is conducting research or working with children directly in the schools, Ball State’s nationally accredited and highly ranked Department of Educational Psychology can provide you with the tools you need to build a successful career.

Are you a graduate student looking for a versatile master’s or doctoral program that could be used in a wide variety of job settings? Consider our graduate degrees in either our educational psychology, quantitative psychologyschool psychology, or school counseling.

Are you an undergraduate student wanting to broaden your experience and marketability? We offer minors in human development or gifted and talented education.

 Do you have your undergraduate degree, are looking to learn more, but you aren’t sure you need a master’s degree? Investigate our licensure and certification programs in education of high-ability students, human development and learning and neuropsychology.

Graduate Programs

The Department of Educational Psychology offers you individual attention, direct mentorship, and field-based learning experiences. You will also have the opportunity to participate in collaborative research projects with nationally recognized scholars. Our classes, both online and on-campus, are taught by leading experts in a wide range of fields including:

  • school psychology
  • diversity and culturally sensitive education
  • neuropsychology
  • child and adolescent development
  • high stakes testing 
  • research methods and statistics

Which program is right for you? Let us help you decide.

Graduate Programs in Educational Psychology

Are you interested in understanding the way different individuals learn? Educational psychology is the study of human learning in educational settings and will prepare you to work in test development, program evaluation, research and teaching. This interdisciplinary program includes courses in:

  • the principles of human development
  • the psychology of teaching
  • evaluation of educational interventions
  • the neuroscience of learning processes
  • principles of assessment
  • the use of educational technology.

You can choose from our our on campus master of science or doctoral program, or our fully online master of arts program. In addition, you can choose to pursue a master of science in quantitative psychology.

For more information on the specific degree programs, visit Educational Psychology

Graduate Programs in School Psychology

Is your goal to gain a better understanding of the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of children with learning and behavioral problems in educational settings? As a school psychologist, you can work with children, parents, teachers and schools in order to:

  • assess children’s individual educational needs
  • provide counseling and mentoring
  • develop and help implement educational plans
  • help teachers to identify learning obstacles
  • design academic and behavioral interventions and implement those plans
  • work with schools and communities to assess learning environments and to coordinate services

Students in our fully accredited programs receive assistantship funding during their first two years. A specialist degree in school psychology can lead to licensure as a school psychologist (both state and national certification) and a doctoral degree can add the potential for licensure as a psychologist.

For more information on the specific degree programs, visit School Psychology.

Certificate and Licensure Programs

Are you a teacher, administrator, or other professional working in an educational setting? Expand your employment opportunities by gaining a deeper understanding of educational psychology through one of our three certificate/licensure programs in high ability/gifted studies, human development and learning, or neuropsychology. These programs can be completed quickly and can be applied directly to the completion of a master’s degree in educational psychology.

For more information on specific certificates and licenses visit Certificates and Licensure Programs.

Undergraduate Minors

Already a Ball State student planning a career in nursing, education, social work, sociology, psychology, or criminal justice? With a minor in the psychology of human development you will gain an in-depth understanding of child, adolescent, and adult development that will increase your marketability and effectiveness. 

For students in any teacher education program, we also offer a minor in gifted and talented education that can lead to licensure.

For more information on our undergraduate minors, visit undergraduate minors.