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Applied Psychology in Educational and Community Settings Minor

Educational Psychology
College of Education and Human Development
  • Program Type: Undergraduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2020
  • Required credits in this minor: 15
The applied psychology in educational and community settings (APECS) minor is a 15-credit program in the application of psychological theory (systems-ecological, developmental, behavioral, cognitive-behavioral) and scientific findings in educational settings to enhance the academic, social, and emotional competence of youth and adults. Emphasis areas include child/adolescent/adult learning and interpersonal, social, cultural, institutional, and economic contexts that shape cognition, motivation, and performance. Students gain direct experience by enrolling in an integrated practicum that combines research and practice in applied psychology. The APECS minor is designed to meet the needs of learners from diverse backgrounds and provide the tools necessary to keep pace with the increasing diversity found in schools and communities.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
APECS Required Courses (12 credits)
EPSY 3301 - Introduction to Educational Psychology [SOCS] (3.0 cr)
EPSY 3132 - Psychology of Multiculturalism in Education [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
EPSY 3303 - Educational Psychology Undergraduate Practicum (3.0 cr)
Required Statistics Core Course
It is expected that students take EPSY 3264 to fulfill the statistics requirement of the APECS minor. A substitution will be considered if students have already completed one of the following courses prior to declaring the minor: PSY 3801, SOC 3811 or STAT 3011.
EPSY 3264 - Basic and Applied Statistics [MATH] (3.0 cr)
or PSY 3801 - Introduction to Psychological Measurement and Data Analysis [MATH] (4.0 cr)
or SOC 3811 - Social Statistics [MATH] (4.0 cr)
or STAT 3011 - Introduction to Statistical Analysis [MATH] (4.0 cr)
APECS Electives: Select one course from a specialty area
Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· EPSY 3302 - Introduction to Communication Skills for Educational and Community Settings (3.0 cr)
· EPSY 5461 - Cross-Cultural Counseling (3.0 cr)
or Psychological Foundations of Education
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· EPSY 3101 - Creativity and Intelligence: an Introduction (3.0 cr)
· EPSY 5113 - Psychology of Instruction and Technology (3.0 cr)
· EPSY 5119 - Mind, Brain, and Education (3.0 cr)
· EPSY 5157 - Social & Developmental Psychology of Education (3.0 cr)
or Quantitative Methods in Education
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· EPSY 5221 - Principles of Educational and Psychological Measurement (3.0 cr)
· EPSY 5247 - Qualitative Methods in Educational Psychology (3.0 cr)
· EPSY 5271 - Becoming a Teacher of Statistics (3.0 cr)
or School Psychology
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· EPSY 3801 - The Science of Human Resilience and Wellbeing: Foundational Knowledge for Career and Life Success [SOCS] (3.0 cr)
· EPSY 5802 - History & Scientific Bases of Psychology (3.0 cr)
· EPSY 5851 - Engaging Diverse Students and Families (3.0 cr)
or Special Education
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· EPSY 2601 - Understanding Differences, Disabilities, and the Career of Special Education (4.0 cr)
· EPSY 5613 - Foundations of Special Education I [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· EPSY 5617 - Academic and Social Interventions for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities (3.0 cr)
 
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EPSY 3301 - Introduction to Educational Psychology (SOCS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01814
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
History, current work. Future promise of educational psychology. Major topics in educational psychology. Focuses on interplay between theory, empirical research, and practical applications.
EPSY 3132 - Psychology of Multiculturalism in Education (DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Course critically examines social and cultural diversity in the United States, confronting social issues of poverty, handicappism, homophobia, racism, sexism, victim-blaming, violence, and so on, and presenting models for change. Students examine how and why prejudices develop.
EPSY 3303 - Educational Psychology Undergraduate Practicum
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02777
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This culminating course familiarizes students with the principles and practice of applied psychology in educational and community settings. Through supervised fieldwork experiences in either research or practice settings, students will develop an understanding of ethical considerations in educational psychology and explore how psychological research can be used to advance the practice of psychology in applied settings. This course is designed for undergraduate students completing an Educational Psychology undergraduate minor or the Special Education major. The course meets for 120 minutes weekly, and students complete 90 hours of fieldwork (approximately 8-10 hours/week). This is a community-engaged learning course. Fieldwork experiences can include: * A research experience conducted with an approved Educational Psychology faculty member. * A practical experience in an approved community engaged service-learning setting. Note: students in the special education major must complete fieldwork related to disabilities and/or special education.
EPSY 3264 - Basic and Applied Statistics (MATH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02317
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introductory statistics. Emphasizes understanding/applying statistical concepts/procedures. Visual/quantitative methods for presenting/analyzing data, common descriptive indices for univariate/bivariate data. Inferential techniques.
PSY 3801 - Introduction to Psychological Measurement and Data Analysis (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01316 - Psy 3801/Psy 3801H
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Descriptive/basic inferential statistics used in psychology. Measures of central tendency, variability, t tests, one-way ANOVA, correlation, regression, confidence intervals, effect sizes. Psychological measurement. Graphical data presentation. Statistical software. prereq: High school algebra, [PSY 1001 or equiv]; intended for students who plan to major in psychology
SOC 3811 - Social Statistics (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02148 - Soc 3811/Soc 5811
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
This course will introduce majors and non-majors to basic statistical measures and procedures that are used to describe and analyze quantitative data in sociological research. The topics include (1) frequency and percentage distributions, (2) central tendency and dispersion, (3) probability theory and statistical inference, (4) models of bivariate analysis, and (5) basics of multivariate analysis. Lectures on these topics will be given in class, and lab exercises are designed to help students learn statistical skills and software needed to analyze quantitative data provided in the class. prereq: Credit will not be granted if credit has been received for Soc 5811 (Soc 5811 offered Fall terms only). Undergraduates with strong math background are encouraged to register for 5811 in lieu of 3811. Soc Majors/Minors must register A-F.
STAT 3011 - Introduction to Statistical Analysis (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: (Select a set)
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Standard statistical reasoning. Simple statistical methods. Social/physical sciences. Mathematical reasoning behind facts in daily news. Basic computing environment.
EPSY 3302 - Introduction to Communication Skills for Educational and Community Settings
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Working with diverse individuals/groups in educational/community settings. Communication skills/concepts. Self-reflection on communication style.
EPSY 5461 - Cross-Cultural Counseling
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Effect of cross-cultural/cross-national psychological differences in human traits/characteristics. Framework for development/implementation of counseling interventions.
EPSY 3101 - Creativity and Intelligence: an Introduction
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01874
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Classic/contemporary theories of creativity/intelligence, their development, implications for behavioral/social sciences and psychological/educational practices.
EPSY 5113 - Psychology of Instruction and Technology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Introduction to adult learning and instructional design. Application of core foundational knowledge to development of effective learning environments for adults. Topics include philosophy, learning theories, instructional models, development and experience, individual differences, evaluation, assessment, and technology.
EPSY 5119 - Mind, Brain, and Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
How educationally relevant skills/concepts develop in both typical/atypical children. prereq: 3301 or equiv
EPSY 5157 - Social & Developmental Psychology of Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Social and developmental psychology provide underpinnings for a range of methods for conducting research in real-world settings. They also lay conceptual foundations for understanding a range of social and developmental processes. The course will cover a full range of topics within social and developmental psychology, plus selected topics in personality psychology, and examine their implications for understanding and structuring educational and other professional settings. Discussions will include a strong focus on educator and practitioner applications of the research.
EPSY 5221 - Principles of Educational and Psychological Measurement
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Concepts, principles, and methods in educational/psychological measurement. Reliability, validity, item analysis, scores, score reports (e.g., grades). Modern measurement theories, including item response theory and generalizability theory. Emphasizes construction, interpretation, use, and evaluation of assessments regarding achievement, aptitude, interests, attitudes, personality, and exceptionality.
EPSY 5247 - Qualitative Methods in Educational Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to qualitative methods of inquiry. Contrasting different research traditions (e.g., case study, phenomenology, ethnography, social interactionism, critical theory). Practice with field notes, observations, and interviewing. Use of NVIVO to track/code data. prereq: Graduate student or Applied Psychology in Educational and Community Settings Minor
EPSY 5271 - Becoming a Teacher of Statistics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Current methods of teaching first courses in statistics. Innovative teaching methods, materials, and technological tools. Types of first courses, reform recommendations, goals for student learning, recommended content, teaching methods, technology, student assessment. prereq: 5261 or equiv
EPSY 3801 - The Science of Human Resilience and Wellbeing: Foundational Knowledge for Career and Life Success (SOCS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course is for any undergraduate student interested in learning about and applying the theory and practice as it relates to resilience and wellbeing. This course integrates key cross-cutting, scientific findings from a range of psychological disciplines, including positive psychology, clinical psychology, developmental psychology, neuropsychology, and social psychology. Stated simply, resilience refers to the human capacity and ability to both survive and thrive in the face of life circumstances. Students will develop a deep understanding of the theoretical concepts of stress, resilience, and wellbeing, as well as specific resilience practices scientific research has shown enable people to better manage and bounce back from stressful situations and enhance their social, emotional, and behavioral functioning in career and personal aspects of life.
EPSY 5802 - History & Scientific Bases of Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
The course is designed to provide discipline-specific knowledge comprising the core of psychology. Accordingly, students will attain substantial knowledge in (1) history and systems of psychology, (2) affective, (3) biological, (4) cognitive, (5) developmental, and (6) social aspects of behavior.
EPSY 5851 - Engaging Diverse Students and Families
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Theoretical, practical, scientific issues involved in school psychological practice/training/research. Theoretical/empirical bases for developing appropriate dispositions, practices, strategies. Illustrative lectures, discussions, group activities, case studies, presentations. prereq: Honors senior or grad student
EPSY 2601 - Understanding Differences, Disabilities, and the Career of Special Education
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Impact of disabilities on individual/family. Support systems for persons with disabilities, approaches for advocacy. Employ reflective practices when considering concept of disability. This course has an imbedded school-based practicum.
EPSY 5613 - Foundations of Special Education I (DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Organization of educational programs/services for people with disabilities. First course for students seeking to become licensed in special education.
EPSY 5617 - Academic and Social Interventions for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Use problem solving model to make data-based decisions regarding implementation and evaluation of instruction for students with academic and behavioral difficulties. prereq: instr consent