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Educational Psychology Specialization Master of Science in Psychology

Harold Abel School of Psychology

Advance Your Knowledge on Learning Outcomes

If you’re looking to make a difference in others’ lives, Capella’s online master's in psychology, educational psychology degree may be your next step. In this program, you'll explore cognitive development, motivation, and learning theory to enhance educational activities across various settings. From the building blocks of human development to program evaluation, be academically prepared to make an impact on others. 

At a Glance

  • Online
  • FlexPath Available
  • 4 Core Courses
  • 5 Specialization Courses
  • 1 Integrative Project

Classes Start October 8th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

Admission Requirements » | $50 Application Fee

What You’ll Learn

Build Professional Knowledge

Analyze professional literature in the educational psychology field to determine its scientific merit.

Apply Research Findings

Apply theoretical and proven research findings from educational psychology to professional and academic activities.  

Adhere to Ethical Standards

Act in a manner consistent with ethical principles and standards of educational psychology, both professionally and academically.

Embrace Diversity

Demonstrate an understanding and sensitivity of group and individual differences. 

Present Professionally

Effectively communicate psychological concepts and information within the professional community and to the public.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty

Learn the latest in theory and practice from experienced doctoral faculty who are actively engaged in their professions.  

Real-World Application

Our competency-based education approach allows you to immediately apply coursework learning to the work you do every day.

Flexible Schedule

Thanks to FlexPath, you can earn your degree on your own schedule, at your own pace, potentially saving you time and money.

Professionally Credible, Professionally Aligned

This program is built on core foundational psychology coursework to ensure professional credibility. This specialization is designed for those interested in understanding the psychological foundations of education, instruction, psychological research, and stages of development.

Cost & Learning Formats

We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. That's why Capella offers two 100 percent competency-based, online learning formats to best fit your needs. Which learning format is right for you? Take our Path Finder Quiz

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it.  We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$485 per credit, 50 total quarter credits, 15 max transfer credits

Our self-paced learning format lets you take courses at your own speed, moving onto the next course when you're ready.

  • Take unlimited courses (up to two at a time) per 12-week billing session
  • 2 Capella quarter credits = 1 program point
  • Set your own deadlines, no courseroom discussions
  • Pay a flat tuition fee per session*
$2,700 per 12-week billing session, 25 total program points, 8 max transfer points

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, tuition discounts, and (in FlexPath) the speed at which you move through the program. Fees, including application fees and resource kits, are not included in this estimate. The GuidedPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits. The FlexPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in an average number of transfer credits and you moved at the speed of a typical FlexPath student or as quickly as the fastest FlexPath students (90th percentile). New or recently revised programs base their estimate on comparable programs. Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is not available for FlexPath.

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

10% Military Discount

Active-duty military service members, their spouses, and veterans could be eligible for a discount.

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

Faculty Interview

"Technology is just a gateway—an effective one in this case—to learning."

Donna Russell, PhD
Department of Psychology Faculty Member

Flexible, Engaging Online Learning

Access your online learning environment anytime, anywhere, with any device, and set your own schedule while meeting deadlines.

Accredited & Respected

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Sample Courses

Our master's in psychology, education psychology program will help you gain knowledge of the application of learning, human development and socialization, ethics, tests and measurements, and research methods.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
PSY7210 Lifespan Development
PSY7864 Quantitative Design and Analysis
PSY6100 Introduction to Educational Psychology
PSY8763 Program Evaluation
PSY7411 Learning Theories in Psychology

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  


Want to learn more about courses, instructors, or resources? Ask our advisors—they know all about the details of your program.


Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

Career Center

For this team, it’s more than résumés and interview tips. It’s about thoughtful and strategic career planning—beyond graduation.

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Move Forward in Your Career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our MS in Psychology, Educational Psychology degree.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Instructor
  • Training and development specialist/manager
  • Curriculum developer
  • Program evaluator
  • Consultant
  • Educational program manager
  • Instructional coordinator/manager
  • Instructional activities manager
  • Research assistant
  • Test administrator
  • Test developer

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Community college
  • K-12 public/private school
  • School district—local or state
  • Military
  • Educational consulting firm
  • Government—local, state, or federal
  • Test publisher
  • Health care
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Training company
  • Research organization
  • State department of education

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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