An online master of arts (MA) in educational psychology from Ball State University offers a convenient, relevant, research-based curriculum. The MA is aimed at education professionals and others who work in a field related to learning and human development. Whatever your profession, you can complete the MA in just 18 months (less than one year if you take a full load each term, including summer), so you can get ahead without leaving your life behind.


The master's degree in educational psychology is not affiliated with any license. Ball State University offers an on-campus master of arts and educational specialist degree in school psychology that can help prepare you to be a school psychologist.

Ball State has experience and best practices in online education to ensure top-quality courses wherever you’re based. Courses are taught by the same nationally recognized faculty who teach on campus in our master of science and doctoral programs. You can choose from a variety of specializations and focus on the knowledge and skills you need to reach your ultimate career goals.

What is Educational Psychology?

Educational psychology is the study of human learning and development, primarily in higher learning settings. Educational psychologists do not have a clinical component, unlike school counselors. Instead, they are responsible for training teachers and leaders in areas related to psychological theories of learning, classroom assessment, developmental psychology, research, and more.

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  • Ball State is consistently highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report in best online graduate education programs.
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If you have any questions about the application process, contact:
Associate Professor of Educational Psychology 

What It’s Like to Pursue an Online Master of Arts in Educational Psychology

Our program is home to leading experts in key fields such as child and adolescent development, advanced statistical applications, motivation, high stakes testing, and academic anxiety. As a recognized leader and innovator in online education, Ball State employs best practices, in place to ensure the kind of personal attention from faculty that you’d expect to get face to face.

Ball State also offers online certificates in a number of areas, including gifted and talented education, human development and learning, and neuropsychology. Students who earn one of these certificates may use the courses toward an MA if they choose to pursue one. You could also choose to pursue a career in schools working with children with special needs as this degree program pairs well with the graduate certificate in applied behavior analysis.

The MA in educational psychology will help professionals in education, business, and human services advance their careers. Our convenient online courses will augment your existing experiences to prepare you for occupations that are increasingly in demand—all while you continue to earn money in your current job. If you consider pursuing a PhD in education or psychology related fields, but are not sure about the specific focus area, start with MA in educational psychology, which will give you a foundation applicable to a variety of fields. 

Career Options for the Master of Arts in Educational Psychology

You will have your choice of a broad range of career paths and next steps when you earn your MA in Educational Psychology. You’ll gain the expertise and connections to move your career forward with opportunities such as: 

  • Pursuing your doctorate 
  • Teaching at the undergraduate level
  • Working as a developmental specialist
  • Working as a professional evaluator or researcher
  • Designing teacher training programs
  • Human resources development
  • Conducting institutional research

Course Requirements

The master of arts (MA) in educational psychology is a 30-credit, entirely online program, which can be completed in 18 months (less than one year if you take a full load each term, including summer). The program core gives you a foundation in the major areas of the discipline: learning, research methodology, statistics, and tests and measurement.

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Eighteen of the 30 required credits cover learning, human development, tests and measurement, research methodology, and statistics.

(6 courses X 3 credits = 18 credits)

  • EDPS 600 Advanced Educational Psychology (3 credits)
  • EDPS 640 Methodology of Educational and Psychological Research (3 credits)
  • EDPS 603 Psychology of Human Development (3 credits)
  • EDPS 641 Statistical Methods in Educational and Psychological Research (3 credits)
  • EDPS 606 Human Learning and Achievement Motivation (3 credits)
  • EDPS 646 Tests and Measurements (3 credits)

Note: It is recommended that you take these courses in the order that they are listed here.

Electives and Specializations (12 Credits)

The remaining 12 credits may be chosen from a specialization or you can design a program of study that meets your needs.

Our online master’s program features various specializations, which, like our core courses, are taught by the same nationally recognized faculty as our other graduate programs:

Gifted and Talented Specialization

The gifted and talented specialization focuses on issues relating to high-ability learners. It combines a thorough grounding in current theory and practice with a focus on practical applications.

You’ll learn which evaluations are most effective in identifying gifted and talented learners as well as techniques and strategies for helping to channel their potential. Courses in creative thinking, program development, and the social and emotional needs of the gifted are available. This specialization is an excellent foundation for careers across many settings and positions, such as resource consultant, gifted and talented specialist, administrator, program developer, researcher, and more.

A high-ability license, also offered entirely online, is available for those who already have an Indiana teaching license.

Gifted and Talented Specialization (12 credits)

Gifted and Talented Specialization (9 credits):

  • EDPS 520 Introduction to Gifted and Talented Student (3 credits)
  • EDPS 621 Identification and Evaluation of Gifted and Talented Children (3 credits)
  • EDPS 625 Models and Strategies for Gifted Learners (3 credits)

Electives (choose a 3-credit course from below):

  • EDPS 611 Development of Creative Thinking (3 credits)
  • EDPS 623 Investigating the Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Students (3 credits)
  • EDEL 657 Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of Programs for Gifted and Talented Students (3 credits)

The human development specialization offers advanced focus on human development for teachers, child care personnel, school administrators, and others. It explores developmental processes and factors of learning and motivation and, it considers the influence of families, peer groups, and school settings on learning development across the life span.

Graduates with this specialization gain a deeper understanding of people and their physical, social, cognitive, and emotional development. It is an aid to success in many disciplines, such as education, health care, criminal justice, social work, and psychology.

Courses taken for this specialization cannot include those taken for the educational psychology core.

Human Development Specialization (12 credits)

Choose four courses from the list below:

  • EDPS 627 Child Development (3 credits)
  • EDPS 628 Adolescent Development (3 credits)
  • EDPS 629 Adult Development and Aging (3 credits)
  • EDPS 649 Fundamentals of Neuropsychology (3 credits)
  • EDPS 660 Diagnosis and Interventions for Learning and Related Disorders (3 credits)

The brain’s all-encompassing structures determine the way we all think and act, so knowledge of the brain-behavior relationship and concepts of neuropsychology are essential for those who work in schools and health care systems. Additionally, because of the impact of technology, neuropsychology is one of today’s fastest growing areas of psychological study.

You will want to take a close look at our graduate certificate in neuropsychology whether you’re a student in the psychological sciences, a practicing educator or mental health provider, or someone who just wants to explore the science of human brain function and understand the concepts of neuropsychology. You will learn from faculty who work as practitioners providing services for individuals with neurologic disorders.

Program Description

This 15-credit, all-online, graduate-level certificate program covers:

  • the basics of brain-behavior relationships
  • the neurobiology of language acquisition and development
  • advanced topics in neurological disorders and brain dysfunction
  • common brain disorders in adults and children

Courses You Will Take

  • EDPS 629 Adult Development and Aging (3 credits, no prerequisites) — offered in fall, spring, and summer semesters
  • EDPS 649 Fundamentals of Neuropsychology (3 credits, no prerequisites) — offered in fall
  • EDPS 655 Child Neurodevelopment (3 credits, prerequisite is EDPS 649) — offered in spring
  • EDPS 665 Concepts of Developmental Psycholinguistics (3 credits, prerequisites are EDPS 649 and 655) — offered in summer
  • EDPS 753 Advanced Topics in Neuropsychology (3 credits, prerequisites are EDPS 649 and 655) — offered in summer 

The course sequence takes three semesters and one summer to complete.

  • Course work may be applied toward other degree programs such as the MA in educational psychology. (Please note this program will not lead to licensure, certification, or credentialing as a practicing neuropsychologist.)
  • For students currently enrolled in a master’s degree program, in consultation with your advisor, course work may be used as electives.
  • Credits for certain courses may be used toward continuing education requirements for some professions (please consult your state’s licensing board).

The 12-credit Applied Behavior Analysis Specialization will increase your understanding of core concepts and strategies used to treat various kinds of behavior issues.

Choose four courses from the all online graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

The 12-credit customizable specialization allows you the ability to choose any four courses from the approved list below.

Make sure you choose courses that are relevant to your professional interests and needs. If you'd like to take courses not listed here as a part of your customized specialization, you should seek approval from Dr. Matthew Stuve before registering.

You can create your own specialization. If your specialization consists of four courses listed below, you don' t need to seek the director's approval.  If you like courses not listed below to count toward your specialization, contact the program director, Dr. Serena Shim for approval before you register.

  • EDPS 520: Introduction to the G/T Child 
  • EDPS 611: Development of Creative Thinking
  • EDPS 621: Identification & Evaluation of G/T Children      
  • EDPS 623: Investigating the Social & Emotional Needs of Gifted Students
  • EDPS 625: Models and Strategies for Gifted Learners   
  • EDPS 627: Child Development
  • EDPS 628: Adolescent Development
  • EDPS 629: Adult Development
  • EDPS 642: Intermediate Statistics
  • EDPS 649: Fundamentals of Neuropsychology
  • EDPS 649 Fundamentals of Neuropsychology
  • EDPS 649 Fundamentals of Neuropsychology
  • EDPS 649 Fundamentals of Neuropsychology
  • EDPS 655: Child Neurodevelopment
  • EDPS 665: Concepts of Developmental Psycholinguistics
  • EDPS 753: Advanced Topics in Neuropsychology
  • EDPS 740: Categorical Data Analysis
  • EDPS 741: Applied Regression Analysis for the Social Sciences
  • EDPS 742: Multivariate Statistical Techniques
  • EDPS 743: Introduction to Factor Analysis
  • EDPS 744: Seminar in Research Methodology
  • EDPS 746: Theory of Measurement
  • EDST 660: Ethnographic Research in Education
  • PSYS 524: Psychology of Women
  • PSYS 616: Perception and Cognition
  • SOC 681:  Survey Research Methods
  • SPAA 570: Language Development
  • SPCE 609 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis 
  • SPCE 610 Behavior Consultation
  • SPCE 611 Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis
  • SPCE 619 Ethics in Behavior Analysis
  • SPCE 680 Introduction to Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • SPCE 682 Interventions and Treatments for Persons with Autism
  • SPCE 683 Field-Based Experience in Autism
  • SPCE 689 Verbal Behavior
  • SPCE 600: Education of Exceptional Children

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