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Education Sciences Minor

Educational Psychology
College of Education and Human Development
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Contact Information
Department of Educational Psychology, 250 Educational Science Building, 56 East River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-6083; fax: 612-624-8241).
  • Program Type: Graduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits (master's): 19
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 19
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
The education sciences minor reflects an interdisciplinary effort that combines research in education with research in the basic arts and sciences to address problems of education. The minor draws on coursework from education, educational psychology, cognitive neuroscience, child development, psychology, and public policy. Coursework includes professional socialization courses presenting a general introduction to educational research and experimental methods; two advanced courses in research methods and statistics; and two advanced courses in cognition and learning.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Doctoral
Coursework includes a total of 19 credits: four courses of required coursework (13 credits), a 3-credit cognition & learning elective, and a 3-credit research methods and statistics elective. Note: Students may not use course credits to satisfy requirements for both a graduate major and for the education sciences minor.
Required Coursework
EPSY 8311 must be taken 3 semesters for a total of 3 credits.
Take 13 or more credit(s) from the following:
· EPSY 8117 - Writing Empirical Paper and Research/Grant Proposals in Education and Psychology (3.0 cr)
· EPSY 8311 {Inactive} (1.0 cr)
· EPSY 8116 - Reading for Meaning: Cognitive Processes in the Comprehension of Texts (3.0 cr)
· EPSY 8222 - Advanced Measurement: Theory and Application (4.0 cr)
Cognition & Learning Elective
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· CPSY 8301 - Developmental Psychology: Cognitive Processes (4.0 cr)
· PSY 5014 - Psychology of Human Learning and Memory (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5015 - Cognition, Computation, and Brain (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5054 - Psychology of Language (3.0 cr)
· PSY 8056 - Seminar: Psychology of Language (3.0 cr)
Research Methods and Statistics Elective
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· EPSY 8215 - Advanced Research Methodologies in Education (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5065 - Functional Imaging: Hands-on Training (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5960 - Topics in Psychology (1.0-4.0 cr)
· SOC 8801 - Sociological Research Methods (4.0 cr)
Masters
Coursework includes a total of 19 credits: four courses of required coursework (13 credits), a 3-credit cognition and learning elective, and a 3-credit research methods and statistics elective. Note: Students may not use course credits to satisfy requirements for both a graduate major and for the education sciences minor.
Required coursework
EPSY 8311 must be taken 3 semesters for a total of 3 credits.
Take 13 or more credit(s) from the following:
· EPSY 8117 - Writing Empirical Paper and Research/Grant Proposals in Education and Psychology (3.0 cr)
· EPSY 8311 {Inactive} (1.0 cr)
· EPSY 8116 - Reading for Meaning: Cognitive Processes in the Comprehension of Texts (3.0 cr)
· EPSY 8222 - Advanced Measurement: Theory and Application (4.0 cr)
Cognition and Learning Elective
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· CPSY 8301 - Developmental Psychology: Cognitive Processes (4.0 cr)
· PSY 5014 - Psychology of Human Learning and Memory (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5015 - Cognition, Computation, and Brain (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5054 - Psychology of Language (3.0 cr)
· PSY 8056 - Seminar: Psychology of Language (3.0 cr)
Research Methods and Statistics Elective
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· EPSY 8215 - Advanced Research Methodologies in Education (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5065 - Functional Imaging: Hands-on Training (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5960 - Topics in Psychology (1.0-4.0 cr)
· SOC 8801 - Sociological Research Methods (4.0 cr)
 
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EPSY 8117 - Writing Empirical Paper and Research/Grant Proposals in Education and Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Scientific writing skills. Focuses on logic/argumentation. Each student produces an empirical paper or research proposal. Breaks down the writing process into components: one component per week. Each week, students write a section of their paper/proposal and critique others'. prereq: instr consent
EPSY 8116 - Reading for Meaning: Cognitive Processes in the Comprehension of Texts
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Cognitive processes that take place during reading comprehension/implications of these processes for instruction/assessment.
EPSY 8222 - Advanced Measurement: Theory and Application
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: EPsy 8222/Psy 5865
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Generalizability theory, item response theory, factor models for test items, binomial model. Application to problems of designing, linking assessments. Includes computer lab. prereq: [5221 or PSY 5862 or equiv], [8252 or equiv]
CPSY 8301 - Developmental Psychology: Cognitive Processes
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Perceptual, motor, cognitive, and language development, and biological bases of each. Conceptual framework of research issues. prereq: Doctoral student, instr consent
PSY 5014 - Psychology of Human Learning and Memory
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Human memory encoding/retrieval. How we adaptively use memory. Brain systems that support memory. Episodic/semantic memory. Working/short-term memory. Procedural memory. Repetition priming. Prospective remembering. Autobiographical memory. prereq: 3011 or 3051 or honors or grad student
PSY 5015 - Cognition, Computation, and Brain
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Human cognitive abilities (perception, memory, attention) from different perspectives (e.g., cognitive psychological approach, cognitive neuroscience approach). prereq: [Honors or grad] or [[jr or sr], [3011 or 3031 or 3051 or 3061]] or instr consent
PSY 5054 - Psychology of Language
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theories/experimental evidence in past/present conceptions of psychology of language. prereq: Grad or [[jr or sr], [3011 or 3031 or 3051 or 3061]] or instr consent
PSY 8056 - Seminar: Psychology of Language
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Selected topics in psycholinguistics. prereq: Grad psych major or instr consent
EPSY 8215 - Advanced Research Methodologies in Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Quantitative research methods. Models of scientific inquiry. Role of theories/research design. Role of measurement error in quantitative data-based inference. Qualitative methods of inquiry. Quantitative/qualitative methodologies in methodologically-oriented studies in educational measurement, evaluation, stats.
PSY 5065 - Functional Imaging: Hands-on Training
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Basic neuroimaging techniques/functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). First half of semester covers basic physical principles. Second half students design/execute fMRI experiment on Siemens 3 Tesla scanner. prereq: [3801 or equiv], [3061 or NSCI 3101], instr consent
PSY 5960 - Topics in Psychology
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Special course or seminar. Topics listed in Class Schedule. prereq: PSY 1001, [jr or sr or grad student]
SOC 8801 - Sociological Research Methods
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Multiple objectives of social research and how they inform research design. Conceptualization and measurement of complex concepts. Broad issues in research design and quantitative and qualitative approaches to data collection and management. prereq: Grad soc major or instr consent
EPSY 8117 - Writing Empirical Paper and Research/Grant Proposals in Education and Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Scientific writing skills. Focuses on logic/argumentation. Each student produces an empirical paper or research proposal. Breaks down the writing process into components: one component per week. Each week, students write a section of their paper/proposal and critique others'. prereq: instr consent
EPSY 8116 - Reading for Meaning: Cognitive Processes in the Comprehension of Texts
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Cognitive processes that take place during reading comprehension/implications of these processes for instruction/assessment.
EPSY 8222 - Advanced Measurement: Theory and Application
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: EPsy 8222/Psy 5865
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Generalizability theory, item response theory, factor models for test items, binomial model. Application to problems of designing, linking assessments. Includes computer lab. prereq: [5221 or PSY 5862 or equiv], [8252 or equiv]
CPSY 8301 - Developmental Psychology: Cognitive Processes
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Perceptual, motor, cognitive, and language development, and biological bases of each. Conceptual framework of research issues. prereq: Doctoral student, instr consent
PSY 5014 - Psychology of Human Learning and Memory
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Human memory encoding/retrieval. How we adaptively use memory. Brain systems that support memory. Episodic/semantic memory. Working/short-term memory. Procedural memory. Repetition priming. Prospective remembering. Autobiographical memory. prereq: 3011 or 3051 or honors or grad student
PSY 5015 - Cognition, Computation, and Brain
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Human cognitive abilities (perception, memory, attention) from different perspectives (e.g., cognitive psychological approach, cognitive neuroscience approach). prereq: [Honors or grad] or [[jr or sr], [3011 or 3031 or 3051 or 3061]] or instr consent
PSY 5054 - Psychology of Language
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theories/experimental evidence in past/present conceptions of psychology of language. prereq: Grad or [[jr or sr], [3011 or 3031 or 3051 or 3061]] or instr consent
PSY 8056 - Seminar: Psychology of Language
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Selected topics in psycholinguistics. prereq: Grad psych major or instr consent
EPSY 8215 - Advanced Research Methodologies in Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Quantitative research methods. Models of scientific inquiry. Role of theories/research design. Role of measurement error in quantitative data-based inference. Qualitative methods of inquiry. Quantitative/qualitative methodologies in methodologically-oriented studies in educational measurement, evaluation, stats.
PSY 5065 - Functional Imaging: Hands-on Training
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Basic neuroimaging techniques/functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). First half of semester covers basic physical principles. Second half students design/execute fMRI experiment on Siemens 3 Tesla scanner. prereq: [3801 or equiv], [3061 or NSCI 3101], instr consent
PSY 5960 - Topics in Psychology
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Special course or seminar. Topics listed in Class Schedule. prereq: PSY 1001, [jr or sr or grad student]
SOC 8801 - Sociological Research Methods
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Multiple objectives of social research and how they inform research design. Conceptualization and measurement of complex concepts. Broad issues in research design and quantitative and qualitative approaches to data collection and management. prereq: Grad soc major or instr consent