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2012-2013 Graduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Educational Psychology, M.Ed.

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Educational Psychology and Individual Differences

The master’s degree in educational psychology program emphasizes such areas as development, learning, motivation, exceptionality or disabilities, psychological and educational measurement, and research methodology. Students expand their understanding of theory and the implications for education within these areas. Flexibility within the program affords students the opportunity to develop a program of study tailored to their professional needs. Graduates of the master’s program who previously have earned a teaching certificate return to school settings more fully prepared to teach, to become department or campus leaders, or to pursue other educational career paths. Graduates also pursue careers as associate psychologists, researchers or measurement specialists, and educational support staff for health care and other institutions.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology and Individual Differences prepares students for employment as faculty members at colleges and universities. Graduates also find employment in areas such as directors of educational components of health care institutions and social service agencies. Typically, these students develop an individually tailored Ph.D. program which emphasizes theory and research in one or more areas related to learning and development, special populations, higher education, health education and/or measurement and statistics.

Master of Education: College of Education

Degree Requirements

The following represents minimal expectations regarding the completion of a master’s degree in the College of Education. Some programs and/or departments may have additional requirements.

  1. A minimum of 36 semester credit hours is required, however, some program areas require additional credit hours. Transfer students must complete at least 27 semester credit hours at the University of Houston after admission to the graduate program. Of these hours, not less than 18 semester hours must be in courses numbered 6000 or above. Courses outside the College of Education bearing numbers lower than 6000 must be approved by the advisor to be included in the degree program. College of Education courses numbered lower than 6000 may not be applied toward the program.
  2. Students must earn all semester hours, including thesis, within the five years prior to graduation.
  3. With the approval of the advisor and the associate dean for graduate studies, up to nine semester hours of transfer credit may be accepted.
  4. A minimum 3.00 grade point average (A=4.00) is required in all transfer and subsequent work. No graduate credit is given for grades lower than C-. A graduate student who receives a grade of C+ or lower in 12 semester hours of credit at the University of Houston, whether or not in repeated courses, is ineligible for any advanced degree and will not be permitted to re-enroll for graduate study.
  5. A common core of nine semester hours is required of all students. This requirement normally is fulfilled during the first 18 semester hours taken at the university.
  6. Students are required to submit a degree plan approved by their academic advisor, the program coordinator, the department chair, and the Dean prior to the completion of 18 semester hours of credit. The degree plan is submitted and approved in MyAdvisor (
  7. A thesis, for which students receive six semester hours of credit, is optional for most programs. An oral defense of the thesis is required.
  8. Satisfactory performance on a departmental comprehensive examination is required of all M.Ed. students.

Each department establishes specific admission and degree requirements for its major areas. For more information, students should consult the department of their choice.

An application for graduation must be filed early during the semester when degree requirements are completed. The application can be completed by logging into Enrollment Services Online. Filing deadlines are listed in the class schedule and the academic calendar.

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