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Programs and degrees

In 2021, the University of Minnesota's Department of Educational Psychology was rated #10 in the nation among educational psychology graduate programs by U.S. News & World Report. Our special education program was also rated #10.

Graduate programs

Counselor education

Help others grow academically and professionally as a K-12 school counselor, college or student personnel counselor or mental health professional in a community setting.

Psychological foundations of education

Study the psychological processes critical to education. Put your research to work--in local schools and with members of diverse communities--to help our neighbors succeed at school and work.

Learning and cognition/educational technology

Make improvements in education through psychology, science, and technology.

Social psychological and developmental processes

Inspire positive social change by studying human relationships and growth.

Quantitative methods in education

Discover solutions to issues in educational research, assessment, and program evaluation through measurement, evaluation, and statistics.

School psychology

Work with students to help them succeed academically, socially, emotionally, and behaviorally by providing a range of services, including: assessment, intervention, prevention, consultation, supervision, training, research, program evaluation, and development.

Special education

Improve outcomes for individuals who require specialized support to achieve success throughout their lifespan.

Graduate minor

Add a graduate minor in educational psychology to your MA or PhD degree.

Undergraduate programs

Bachelor's of science in special education

Choose from two tracks:

Bachelor's of Science (BS) with Academic Behavioral Strategist (ABS) licensure

Earn your bachelor's of science in special education and academic behavior strategist (ABS) teaching license in four years.

Bachelor’s of Science (BS): foundations of special education for schools and society

Gain expertise in the field of special education to expand its reach in schools and society. This degree does not lead to a teaching license.

Undergraduate minors

Minor in applied psychology in educational and community settings (APECS)

Enrich your major degree, working with learners across the lifespan (children, youth, and adults).

Educational psychology research minor

Conduct research to help improve educational outcomes and lives, and gain valuable research experience critical to narrowing your interests and school search.

Undergraduate classes

American Sign Language (ASL) classes

Learn American Sign Language (ASL), one of the fastest growing languages in the United States and the indigenous language of the Deaf community. ASL is a natural, visual, non-spoken language with its own distinct grammatical structure.

Non-degree seeking classes

As you consider your education options for fall 2020, you may feel unsure about commiting to a school or degree. Why not earn credits now to apply to a degree later? Taking these courses will ground you in an understanding educational psychology. You'll take with you in your future studies or career--be it education, your community, the business world, or other organizations.

Certificates

Online autism spectrum disorder (ASD) certificate

Prepare to assist children and youth with ASD and their families with this fully online ASD certificate.

Learning sciences post baccalaureate certificate

Shape your teaching and research through better understanding of how people learn. As a student in our new learning sciences certificate program, you’ll study learning theories, methodologies, designs, and evidence-based practices central to teaching and conducting research that supports the learning process.

Talent development and gifted education certificate

Develop, implement, and supervise programs to teach gifted and talented students in K-12, postsecondary schools and other settings with a certificate in talent development and gifted education.