Graduate Programs in Educational Psychology

Ball State’s high quality but affordable programs make it the perfect place to study the field of educational psychology. Our faculty are acknowledged experts in child and adolescent development, motivation, academic anxiety, high-stakes testing, gifted and talented education, measurement and assessment, and quantitative research methods and statistics. Our faculty members are experienced teachers as well as researchers.

In order to provide greater flexibility, your master’s degree can be completed online or through a unique blend of online and campus classes. Classes are offered regularly for your convenience, allowing you to complete the 30-hour program quickly.

The doctoral program is a research intensive program that must be completed on campus, however students are able to take a number of online offerings to provide maximum flexibility in scheduling. In addition, we provide considerable financial support to our graduate students.

What is a master's degree in educational psychology?

How can you know whether or not you would benefit from a master’s degree in educational psychology?

  • Are you a practicing school professional pursuing continuing education credits and/or the high ability or other add-on licensure? Through our master’s degree program, you can gain the credits necessary to maintain your license while adding to its marketability with further training and licensure.
  • Are you a professional working with children and families in an early-childhood setting, health care, child advocacy, United Way agency, or social services? You, and those you work with, can benefit greatly from our advanced course work in learning and human development or motivation and learning.
  • Are you an undergraduate in psychology, education, speech pathology, social work, criminal justice, or health sciences thinking about graduate programs? Or already working in one of those areas? Consider how a deeper understanding of human development and learning will enhance your understanding of your chosen field and contribute to your professional development and career advancement opportunities.
  • Are you interested in someday pursuing a doctoral degree in education or psychology? Since the master’s program can be completed as part of the doctoral plan of study or as a separate degree, completing our master’s program now will give you the option of enrolling in a doctoral program later or going directly into our doctoral program in educational psychology.
  • Are you already enrolled in one of our certificate programs? Then you are halfway to a master’s degree. The program can be completed in conjunction with certificate and/or licensure programs in gifted and talented education, human development and learning, neuropsychology, applied behavior analysis, autism, and response to intervention, among others.

What is a doctoral degree in educational psychology?

The doctoral program in educational psychology trains you as a research scholar who can contribute to the understanding of teaching, learning and development; educational accountability and program evaluation; and individual differences in learning and adjustment in educational settings. The core program features areas of study such as learning, human development, statistics, measurement, and research methods and trains you to make significant contributions to the educational psychology knowledge base and to develop the skills necessary to address applied problems in educational settings.

You will  be involved in research from day one and leave the program having written and published numerous conference presentations and publications. Most of our students receive full funding for at least two years. Graduates with a doctoral degree in educational psychology are qualified for academic positions in higher education as well as research positions in public and private institutions such as professional evaluation firms and testing companies. Recent graduates from our program hold academic positions at the following universities: The College of William and Mary in Virginia, Youngstown State University, Heidelberg University, Indiana University, University of North Texas, and Charles Sturt University in Australia.