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Educational Psychology (M.A.)
Pending SACS Approval
Basic Degree Information/Description
The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree program in Educational Psychology aims to prepare culturally competent scientist-practitioners and researchers to effectively contribute to the psychological development and well-being of children and adolescents. Students receive the preparation and training necessary to provide responsive educational and psychological services to the local community, schools, and beyond and to engage in participatory and leadership roles in local, national, and international institutions and organizations. The M.A. in Educational Psychology offers four areas of concentration from which students can choose based on their professional goals and interests, each of which prepares students for career-specific applications of the degree.
- General Educational Psychology concentration: (36 hour) This concentration is designed for students who want to expand their knowledge and skills in areas such as teaching, learning, motivation, development, evaluation, and research methods. This concentration offers the greatest amount of flexibility in terms of elective courses that best match the student’s interests, and can be used in preparation for doctoral study in a range of academic fields.
- Behavior Assessment and Intervention concentration: (36 hour) This concentration builds on the department’s Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis and prepares graduates for eligibility to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA®) through approved coursework and practicum opportunities. BCBA® professionals conduct systematic functional behavioral assessments, which allow them to design and supervise intervention plans according to the specific needs of their clients.
- Program Evaluation concentration: (36 hour) This concentration focuses on evaluation, measurement, research design, and statistical methods. In addition to coursework in these areas, all students complete a practicum experience in a setting relevant to their career interests. Individuals with expertise in program evaluation and related skills are often employed in educational, government, public health, organizational, and business settings.
- Applied Educational Psychology concentration: (36 hour) This concentration includes coursework in psychological assessment, mental health, and advanced practicum experiences. The focus is on providing coursework that students can apply towards the Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA) credential, which is governed by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists.
Why pursue an M.A. in Educational Psychology at UTSA?
Our students and graduates have the knowledge and skills necessary to engage in scholarly inquiry, to deliver accountable, research-based services, and to understand how to use psychology as a force for positive change. Our department has been very successful in developing effective partnerships with local school districts and community agencies, which gives our students an advantage when seeking practicum and internship opportunities. Our faculty members are involved in high-impact research projects and participate in local and national professional organizations. Further, our School Psychology program was recently identified as one of the top programs in the nation in terms of research and provides services learning through our department's Psychological Assessment and Consultation Center.
The Master of Arts degree in Educational Psychology requires the successful completion of a minimum of 36 semester credit hours.
For a complete list of degree requirements please see the Graduate Catalog.
- Required Degree: A bachelor’s degree in a related field such as Psychology or Education.
- Other Degree Requirements: Applicants who lack appropriate academic background in Psychology, Education, or a closely related field may be admitted conditionally, and specific leveling coursework may be required to address areas of deficiency.
- Fall 2018 Domestic Final Application Deadline: July 31 all required items are due.
- General University Requirements: A degree seeking applicant must meet university wide requirements.
- Application: A complete Graduate School application.
- Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae: Not required
- Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation are required. The letters should specifically address the applicant’s academic and/or professional skills, and potential to succeed in a rigorous graduate program.
- Statement of Purpose: A Statement of Purpose is required, (approximately 500 words) which outlines the applicant’s (1) reasons for pursuing the M.A. degree in Educational Psychology, (2) area of concentration they are most interested in, (3) experiences relevant to the concentration they are most interested in, and (4) career plans.
- Test Scores: General GRE required (including all three parts of the exam), not older than five years old.
- Other: None.
- Evaluation of Foreign Credentials: All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. citizens (Domestic), or permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit an evaluation from an approved Foreign Credential Agency of transcripts from all foreign institutions attended. If official transcripts are used in the foreign credential evaluation, the official transcript requirement will be considered met. However, if unofficial documents are used in the foreign credential evaluation, final official transcripts must be sent to UTSA.
- An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
- The Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) is a private corporation that provides evaluations of foreign school credentials. The application is available at: Application for Credentials Evaluation.
- IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
- TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.