Undergraduate Course Catalog

Educational Psychology

L. Huffman, Chairperson 

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


MINOR IN PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT,
18 hours

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Early Child (3) 
Life Dev (3) 
Child Psych (3)
Adoles Psych (3)
Adult Psych (3)
Ser Learn (3)
Im Learn (3)







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Culture Educ (3)
Ethnicity (3) Genetics (4)
Human Genetc (3) 
Hu Relat Dev (3)
Intrelat Sxl (3) 
Hu Growth Dv (3)
Behavior Anl (3)
Tests Meas (3) 
Family Welln (3)
Family Relat (3)
Inf/Tod Dvlt (3)
Child Dvlpmt (3)
Marriage (3) 
Aging Commun (3) 
Women Aging (3) 
Health Aging (3)
Death Dying (3)
Women Health (3) 
Fund Physl (3)
Social Psysc (3)
Personality (3)
Develop Psy (3)
Psych Women (3)
Motiva Emotn (3)
Diversity (3)
Abnormal (3)
Physiologcal (3) 
African-Amer (3)
Family Soc (3)
Women (3)
Minorities (3)
Family (3)
Aging (3)
Hu Sexuality (3) 
Lang Develop (3) 
Int Ex Needs (3)
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LICENSE IN GIFTED AND TALENTED EDUCATION,
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Creativity (3) 
Soc Emo Neds (3)


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EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (EDPSY)

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 EDPSY 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 EDPSY 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: EDPSY 350 or 351 or 355. 
    Open only to human development minors.

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: EDPSY 350 or 351 or 355. 
    Open only to human development minors.

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: EDPSY 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 EDPSY 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. 
    Prerequisite: EDPSY 420. 
    Open only to students in gifted and talented license program or with instructor’s permission.

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: EDPSY 420. 
    Open only to students in gifted and talented license program or with instructor’s permission.

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. 
    Open only to students in gifted and talented license program or with instructor’s permission.

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. 
    Open only to students in gifted and talented license program or with instructor’s permission.

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. (1-9)
Supervised teaching and laboratory experience with children in educational settings. Meets teaching licensure requirements. 
    Prerequisite: EDPSY 420. 
    A total of 9 hours of credit may be earned. 
    Open only to students who have completed licensure/concentration courses.

498 Seminar in Educational Psychology. (3-9)
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 9 hours of credit may earned.

499 Independent Study: Educational Psychology. (1-4)
Individually planned experiences, extensive independent research in educational psychology. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 4 hours of credit may be earned.