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Educational Psychology Specialization Master of Science in Psychology

Harold Abel School of Psychology

Help Make a Positive Impact

If you’re passionate about teaching and learning and want a master’s in educational psychology, consider a program that matches your drive and is flexible enough to fit in your busy life. The online MS in Psychology, Educational Psychology from Capella University teaches psychological theory and research applied to critical thinking, problem-solving, and cognition with an emphasis on research and the science of learning—and the ability to communicate those concepts to the public. In addition, you’ll develop an understanding of psychological foundations of education, instruction, and stages of human development.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • FlexPath Available
  • 4 Core Courses
  • 5 Specialization Courses
  • 1 Integrative Project
  • 50 Total Credits (15 Max Transfer)

Classes Start October 7th

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.

$50 application fee (waived w/promo SUMMER)

With FlexPath, you can earn your master’s in psychology in 12 months and under $11,500.*

*Based on the fastest 10% of students. Your program length and cost will vary by transfer credits, the per-session cost, and how quickly you complete courses. Books, supplies, and other fees apply.

Educational Psychology Program Highlights

Two Flexible Online Learning Formats

To meet the needs of your busy life, we offer two 100% competency-based online learning formats—GuidedPath and FlexPath.

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Professionally Useful Knowledge

Through competency-based education, you can take the advanced theories you’re learning and apply them practically in the profession.

Professionally Relevant

This program is built on core foundational psychology coursework to provide coursework that is relevant to the profession.

Build a Solid Foundation

Hone your skills with curriculum featuring psychological theory and research applied to key skills such as critical thinking and the science of learning.

Reduce Your Tuition by $3,000

Enroll in a qualified program, apply for a $3K scholarship, and meet the eligibility requirements.

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Explore Critical Theory

Dive deeper into the psychological theory and research applied to core subjects to help you communicate psychological concepts.

Meet our psychology faculty

Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach you critical knowledge and skills and to help enrich your education and career by bringing real-world relevance to the courseroom.

Laura Sullivan, PhD, LMFT

Faculty Chair, Educational Psychology

Bobby Hoffman, PhD

Core Faculty

Get the Support You Need for Success

Our dedicated support teams guide and advise you through every step of your educational journey. Here are some of the people you’ll work with:

Enrollment counselors

These experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.

Advisors

Advisors know the details of your program. Got questions about courses? Instructors? Resources? Advisors have answers.

Career center

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

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% 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
$17,325$24,750* MAX TRANSFER CREDITS–TYPICAL TRANSFER CREDITS
$495 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*
$11,200$19,600* ACCELERATED PACE–TYPICAL PACE
$2,800 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.

"FlexPath’s self-paced format allowed me to set my own deadlines. As a result, I was able to complete work sooner if needed, or take my time with content that was a bit more difficult."

Shayla Proctor
MS in Psychology
Actual Capella student who agreed to appear in our promotional materials.

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. 

10% military discount

If you're an active-duty military service member, spouse, or veteran, discounts may be available.

Transfer credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.

Employer & association discounts

If your employer or organization is a partner with Capella, you may be eligible for a tuition discount.

Accredited & recognized

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

Educational Psychology 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.

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PSY6100 *
Introduction to Educational Psychology

Learners in this course identify and describe the principles of learning, motivation, and assessment necessary to teach educational psychology. Throughout the course, learners examine specific strategies used to enhance pedagogy, curriculum design and adaptation, and learner performance. Prerequisite(s): PSY5002 or PSY5005 or PSY8002.

5 quarter credits
PSY7210
Lifespan Development

In this course, learners gain and apply knowledge of lifespan development from infancy through adulthood, including human development processes and milestones. Learners evaluate theories and approaches for examining human development and analyze human development processes related to their specialization.

5 quarter credits
PSY7411
Learning Theories in Psychology

This course focuses on the concepts and principles of learning theory and its sub-processes, especially those associated with cognition. Learners evaluate and articulate major learning theories, practice applying these learning theories and their associated processes to teaching, and analyze the effects of various behavioral and cognitive sub-processes on learning.

5 quarter credits
PSY7864
Quantitative Design and Analysis

In this course, learners investigate the fundamental concepts needed to conduct quantitative research. Learners examine and apply quantitative research techniques; appropriate applications of quantitative research; research design, measurement, and analysis, and their associated interdependencies; variable types and levels of measurement; sampling; descriptive and inferential statistics; and hypothesis testing. Learners define the strengths and limitations of descriptive statistics, analyze the quantitative scales of measurement, review the logic of probability and null hypothesis testing, and leverage technology when applicable. Learners also determine the steps necessary to ensure human subjects protection, and consider methodological adaptations when conducting research with vulnerable and diverse populations.

5 quarter credits
PSY8763 *
Program Evaluation

This course provides an examination of the theories, techniques, methods, and processes of program evaluation. Learners synthesize knowledge and skills gained from prior course work to design a program evaluation, plan its implementation, and communicate the results in appropriate and effective formats. Prerequisite(s): PSY7864.

5 quarter credits

What You’ll Learn

If you’re looking to enhance your knowledge in education, our educational psychology specialization can help you build the skills to:

  • Analyze professional literature.
  • Adhere to ethical standards.
  • Present professionally.
  • Apply research findings.
  • Understand teaching and learning.

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Educational Psychology Professional Paths

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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