2017-18 Academic Catalog
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Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

(College of Education)
www.uni.edu/coe/epf

The Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations offers the following graduate programs and undergraduate minor. The specific requirements for these graduate programs and undergraduate minor are listed in the following order:

Minor

  • Educational Studies

Graduate Majors (M.A.E.)

  • Educational Psychology: Context and Techniques of Assessment
  • Educational Psychology: Professional Development for Teachers

Graduate Major (Ed.S.)

  • Specialist in Education: School Psychology

Minor Programs

Educational Studies Minor

The Educational Studies minor is intended for students who are interested in the intersection of learning, education and society. Coursework provides opportunities for students to study the learning process, the organization of schooling, its links to broader political and historical contexts, and the potential of educational systems to bring about social change. This interdisciplinary program is designed specifically for undergraduates not majoring in teacher education and is offered jointly by the College of Education, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the College of Business, and the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences. 

 The Educational Studies minor can be a valuable program addition for students pursuing careers in the social and behavioral sciences, law, social justice, or youth services. The minor is appropriate for non-teacher education majors who want to enhance their understanding of educational policy; for students who plan careers in fields where they might deal with issues related to educational institutions; and for students interested in a broad introduction to educational issues they have confronted as students as well as those they will confront as citizens and parents.

The Educational Studies minor is administered through the Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations and is under the supervision of the Educational Studies Advisory Committee. Curriculum requirements consist of one core course and a minimum of twelve credit hours of electives from the courses listed below.  Students may petition the Educational Studies Advisory Committee to add a relevant course not currently listed. For more information, contact the Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations office, Schindler 617, 319-273-2694, or the department web site www.uni.edu/coe/departments/educational-psychology-foundations.

I. Required
Please select at least one of the following (if course is selected as a required course, it may not be chosen as an elective course from below)3
Dynamics of Human Development
Schools and American Society
II. Electives12
Choose four courses from the following list of courses with at least one course from: Category A and one Course from either Category B or C.
Category A: Psychological/Development Perspectives
Dynamics of Human Development
Mental Health and Well-Being in the Classroom
Social Psychology in Educational Contexts
Psychology of Human Differences
Theatre in Education
Category B: Sociological/Historical/Philosophical Perspectives
Idea of the University
Risk and Resilience: Child, Family, School and Community Factors
Schools and American Society
History of Education
Philosophy of Education
Category C: Political/Economic/Policy Perspectives
Political and Ethical Issues in Education
Current Approaches to Multicultural Education
Topics in Public Policy
Interdisciplinary Study of Disability
Bilingual Education in the Public Schools
Total hours15
III. Practicum and Research Experience - (OPTIONAL, up to 6 hrs.)
Community Service: Academic Skills Achievement Center
EDPSYCH 4198 (200:198) Independent Study

Master of Arts in Education Degree Programs

Major in Educational Psychology: Context and Techniques of Assessment

This major is designed for students planning further graduate studies in educational or school psychology.

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should refer to their MyUNIverse Student Center To-Do list or contact the Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations for any other application requirements. Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at www.grad.uni.edu/admission.

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is required for admission to the program.

Only graduate courses (course number 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed. No exceptions will be made.

This major is available on the thesis and non-thesis options. A minimum of 35 semester hours is required for the thesis option and a minimum of 32 semester hours for the non-thesis option. A minimum of 15 hours 200/6000-level course work is required for the thesis option. A minimum of 12 hours 200/6000-level course work is required for the non-thesis option.

Required professional core
Educational Psychology:
EDPSYCH 6214 (200:214)Foundations of Instructional Psychology3
Measurement and Research:
MEASRES 6205 (250:205)Educational Research3
Professional Studies3 or 6
Thesis Option (6 hours)
Research
Non-Thesis Option (3 hours)
Readings
M.A.E. Practicum in Education and Psychology
Research
Context and Techniques of Assessment:
Educational Psychology:
EDPSYCH 4176/5176 (200:176g)Learning and Behavioral Problems in Education3
or SPED 4180/5180 Interdisciplinary Study of Disability
EDPSYCH 6240 (200:240)Introduction to School Psychology3
EDPSYCH 6280 (200:280)Psychological Consultation in Schools3
Measurement and Research:
MEASRES 6281 (250:281)Statistics and Measurement3
MEASRES 6282 (250:282)Individual Intellectual Assessment4
MEASRES 6283 (250:283)Academic Assessment and Intervention4
Literacy Education:
LITED 6238 (230:238)Advanced Assessment and Evaluation of Literacy Development3
Total hours for non-thesis option32
Total hours for thesis option35

 

Major in Educational Psychology: Professional Development for Teachers

This degree program is specially designed to fulfill the professional development needs of experienced teachers. The intent of the program is to enable participants to increase their knowledge base in content areas or to develop expertise in new content areas while sharpening their understanding and skills as classroom teachers. The program seeks to provide a course of study directly tied to teaching practice, in which course selection, student learning, and required research are organized around issues and problems which teachers view as important. The degree program provides ample opportunity for exploring the relationship between theory and practice, with a focus on improving student learning. The program presents a variety of opportunities for peer collaboration, development of strategies for implementing innovations in classroom practice, and thoughtful analysis of contemporary issues and problems facing teachers.

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should refer to their MyUNIverse Student Center To-Do list or contact the Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations for any other application requirements. Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at www.grad.uni.edu/admission.

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program.

Only graduate courses (course number 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed. No exceptions will be made.

This degree program invites participation from early childhood, elementary, middle school, and high school teachers. This major is available on the thesis and non-thesis options. A minimum of 36 semester hours is required for the thesis option and a minimum of 33 semester hours for the non-thesis option. The thesis or research paper is expected to explore a topic that will improve classroom practice and student learning. A minimum of 15 hours of 200/6000-level course work is required for the thesis option. A minimum of 12 hours of 200/6000-level course work is required for the non-thesis option.

Required professional core
Educational Psychology:
EDPSYCH 6214 (200:214)Foundations of Instructional Psychology3
Measurement and Research:
MEASRES 6205 (250:205)Educational Research3
Social Foundations:
SOCFOUND 4234/5234Philosophy of Education3
Research: xxxx:2993 or 6
Thesis Option (6 hrs)
Non-thesis Option (3 hrs)
Hours from each of the following three professional components areas (selected in consultation with advisor and requires approval of the Graduate Coordinator) - 21 hours minimum:
Component I: Advanced professional course work8-12
Component II: Theoretical-philosophical course work5-9
Component III: Advanced academic course work taken from one department8-12
On-campus cohort candidates should follow these three professional components when selecting coursework. However, online cohorts and non-cohort candidates may take the following seven courses (3 hours each) to fulfill the professional components:
Educational Psychology:
Learning and Behavioral Problems in Education
Current Approaches to Multicultural Education
Theories of Human Development
Educational Leadership:
Leading School Growth and Improvement
Elementary Education and Early Childhood:
Issues and Trends in Curriculum
Instructional Technology
Understanding Instructional Design
On-campus candidates are not precluded from using courses on this list to fulfill any or all of their professional component elective credit hours.
Thesis option total36
Non-thesis option total33

Specialist in Education Degree Program

The major in School Psychology at the University of Northern Iowa leading to the Specialist in Education Degree involves breadth of preparation as well as depth in a particular field of specialization.

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should refer to their MyUNIverse Student Center To-Do list or contact the Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations for other application requirements and detailed information on the School Psychology major. Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at www.grad.uni.edu/admission. For requirements concerning admission, program approval, candidacy, scholarship, residence, examinations, thesis, and graduation for the Specialist in Education Degree see the "Graduate Information" section of this University Catalog.

Only graduate courses (course number 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed. No exceptions will be made.

Course work requirements for the Specialist in Education Degree are defined in terms of a three-year graduate program, including internship and work taken on the master's degree. A minimum of 68 semester hours beyond the bachelor's degree is required for completing the program.

The School Psychology major is open to students who hold a master's degree from an accredited graduate school, and who meet the requirements set forth below.

Major in School Psychology

Admission to the Ed.S. program in School Psychology requires an earned, accredited master's degree and a prior graduate preparation equivalent to UNI's M.A.E. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Context and Techniques of Assessment.

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is required for admission to the program.

Students with deficiencies will be notified prior to admission. Any deficiencies in the student's background will be added to the student's Ed.S. program requirements.

This major is available on the thesis option and non-thesis option.

For the thesis option, a minimum of 39 semester hours is required. For the non-thesis option, a minimum of 36 semester hours is required. A minimum of 15 hours of 2000/6000-level course work is required for either option. Successful completion of a final oral and written examination is required.

Required
Educational Psychology:
EDPSYCH 4232/5232Risk and Resilience: Child, Family, School and Community Factors3
EDPSYCH 6270Behavioral Interventions in School Settings 3
EDPSYCH 6272Systems Consultation 3
Measurement and Research:
MEASRES 6284 (250:284)Psychosocial Assessment4
MEASRES 6287Early Childhood Assessment and Intervention 3
Professional Studies:
EDPSYCH 6290 (200:290)Ed.S. Practicum in Education and Psychology5
EDPSYCH 6291 (200:291)Internship in School Psychology6
Special Education:
SPED 6260 (220:260)Special Education Law and Policy3
Counseling & Behavior Modification
One of the following:3
Counseling Children and Adolescents
Evidence Based Treatment
Thesis Option6
Research
Non-Thesis Option3
Monitoring Progress in Individuals and Groups
Total hours36-39

 

Educational Psychology Courses

EDPSYCH 2030 (200:030). Dynamics of Human Development — 3 hrs.

Students in this course will examine the social contexts of human development (0-18 years of age) and the theoretical and historical perspectives that inform our understanding of development. In particular cross-cultural lenses will be used to uncover the cultural nature of development. Implications of these perspectives for supporting the development of individuals across multiple domains (e.g., physical, cognitive, psychosocial) will be discussed. Examination of diverse viewpoints, theories, and methods of inquiry provide an avenue for students to develop skills in critical thinking and analysis and communicate their findings both orally and in writing. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

EDPSYCH 3109. Development and Assessment of Young Children — 3 hrs.

In-depth study of children's development and its assessment from birth through grade three. Emphasis on examining developmental differences among individual children and implications for developmentally and individually appropriate classroom practice. Prerequisite(s): EDPSYCH 2030 (200:030) or equivalent or consent of instructor. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

EDPSYCH 3148 (200:148). Learning and Motivation in Classroom Contexts — 3 hrs.

Examination of the influence of cognitive, motivational, and socio-cultural factors on students' learning in classroom contexts, with an emphasis on implications for classroom instruction and improved student achievement. Prerequisite(s): TEACHING 2017; EDPSYCH 2030 (200:030); or equivalents. Registration requires full admission to the Teacher Education Program. Must have a cumulative 2.50 or higher to enroll in this course. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

EDPSYCH 4116/5116 (200:116g). Psychology of Adolescence — 2 hrs.

Psychological concepts applied to adolescent intellectual, physical, and psychosocial behaviors; designed to improve understanding of, and relationships with, adolescents and their search for identity. Prerequisite(s): EDPSYCH 2030 (200:030) or equivalent; junior standing. (Variable)

EDPSYCH 4118/5118 (200:118g). Mental Health and Well-Being in the Classroom — 3 hrs.

Basic principles of mental health as they apply to the entirety of the educative enterprise. Focus on causative factors relating to the mental health of teachers and students, and ways of arranging classroom environments which maximize learning and minimize threat and self devaluation. Prerequisite(s): EDPSYCH 2030 (200:030) or equivalent; junior standing. (Variable)

EDPSYCH 4140/5140 (200:140g). Social Psychology in Educational Contexts — 3 hrs.

Students in this course learn to apply social psychological perspectives when interpreting educational situations and events. Through reading and discussion students map the influence of self-definition, motivation, relationships, and familial, school, and neighborhood contexts to educational outcomes. Students evaluate interventions based on social psychological principles and consider their role in educational and social transformation. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)

EDPSYCH 4151/5151 (200:151g). Approaches to Classroom Management for Secondary Students — 3 hrs.

Strategies and processes designed to create and maintain classroom management intended to nurture the atmosphere leading to increased academic achievement and personal development of adolescent students. Prerequisite(s): EDPSYCH 2030 (200:030); EDPSYCH 3148 (200:148); or equivalents; junior standing. (Variable)

EDPSYCH 4152/5152 (200:152g). Development of the Middle School Aged Child — 3 hrs.

Focus on the cognitive, physical, social and emotional development of the middle school aged child (ages 11 to 15). Examination of the contexts of the middle school child including the home, school, and peers. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)

EDPSYCH 4176/5176 (200:176g). Learning and Behavioral Problems in Education — 3 hrs.

Learning and behavior problems of students with focus on issues of identification, etiology, assessment, developmental changes, and intervention including consideration of personal, social, cultural, historical, and economic contexts. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)

EDPSYCH 4180/5180 (200:180g). Community Service: Academic Skills Achievement Center — 2-4 hrs.

Tutorial experience in multicultural school setting. Collateral seminar for sharing personal insights and discussion of core readings on cultural pluralism. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite(s): junior standing or consent of department head. (Fall and Spring)

EDPSYCH 4188/5188 (200:188g). Current Approaches to Multicultural Education — 3 hrs.

Comparison of alternative models of multicultural education and study of their application in school settings. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Spring)

EDPSYCH 4198 (200:198). Independent Study — 1-6 hrs.

(Variable)

EDPSYCH 4232/5232. Risk and Resilience: Child, Family, School and Community Factors — 3 hrs.

Examination of children's cognitive and psychosocial development within family, school and community contexts, socio-historical factors which impact children, families, schools and communities, and implications for elementary school curricula and pedagogy. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)

EDPSYCH 6214 (200:214). Foundations of Instructional Psychology — 3 hrs.

Study of factors involved in designing and implementing effective instructional environments. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

EDPSYCH 6224 (200:224). Adult Development and Learning — 3 hrs.

Overview of individual development from young adulthood through middle adulthood. Emphasis is breadth and range of individual growth and development during the adult years. Focus on psychological issues associated with social, emotional, and cognitive development, and adult learning and teaching. (Variable)

EDPSYCH 6235 (200:235). Theories of Human Development — 3 hrs.

Major theories of human development (e.g., psychoanalytic, cognitive, developmental, humanistic, and social learning theory). Includes study of noted theorists in each area and educational implications and applications of their work. Prerequisite(s): EDPSYCH 3109 or EDPSYCH 4116/5116 (200:116g). (Variable)

EDPSYCH 6240 (200:240). Introduction to School Psychology — 3 hrs.

Psychological services in schools; roles and functions of school psychologists; review of professional, legal and ethical standards and implications for practice. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MAE in Educational Psychology with Context and Techniques of Assessment Emphasis (School Psychology program). (Fall)

EDPSYCH 6270. Behavioral Interventions in School Settings — 3 hrs.

Overview of evidence-based interventions to address the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of students; using assessment data to develop student goals and monitor student progress; supervised practice developing, implementing, and monitoring interventions in the schools. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Ed.S. program in School Psychology or instructor permission. (Fall)

EDPSYCH 6272. Systems Consultation — 3 hrs.

Examination of the multiple systems involved in PK-12 education, the organizational change process, and the context of current educational practice and reform. Application of these concepts to various systems level issues. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Ed.S. program in School Psychology or instructor permission. (Spring)

EDPSYCH 6280 (200:280). Psychological Consultation in Schools — 3 hrs.

Overview of major theoretical models of consultation (including systems level consultation), an in-depth opportunity to develop behavioral consultation and intervention skills through an authentic referral, and an emphasis on professional accountability through monitoring the effects of intervention. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MAE in Educational Psychology with Context and Techniques of Assessment Emphasis (School Psychology program). (Spring)

EDPSYCH 6285 (200:285). Readings.

(Variable)

EDPSYCH 6288. M.A.E. Practicum in Education and Psychology — 1-3 hrs.

Practicum placement for first year graduate school psychology students. Placements coordinated with instructor of record. Class meetings and assignments required. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MAE in Educational Psychology with Context and Techniques of Assessment Emphasis or instructor permission. (Fall and Spring)

EDPSYCH 6289 (200:289). Seminar in Education and Psychology — 1-6 hrs.

May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite(s): consent of instructor. (Variable)

EDPSYCH 6290 (200:290). Ed.S. Practicum in Education and Psychology — 1-6 hrs.

Practicum placement for second year graduate school psychology students. Placements coordinated with instructor of record. Class meetings and assignments required. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Ed.S. program in School Psychology. (Fall and Spring)

EDPSYCH 6291 (200:291). Internship in School Psychology — 1-6 hrs.

Supervised off-campus field experience. May be repeated for maximum 6 hours. (Fall and Spring)

EDPSYCH 6299 (200:299). Research.

Prerequisite(s): consent of department. (Fall and Spring)

Measurement and Research Courses

MEASRES 3150 (250:150). Classroom Assessment — 2 hrs.

This course is an introduction to the purposes and development of classroom assessment with a focus on diagnostic, formative, and summative assessment. Additional course topics include assessment ethics, standards of quality in assessment, communication of assessment data, the use of assessment data to make instructional decisions, and standardized assessment. Prerequisite(s): TEACHING 2017; EDPSYCH 2030 (200:030). Registration requires full admission to the Teacher Education Program. Must have a cumulative 2.50 gpa or higher to enroll in this course. Physical Education majors may substitute PEMES 3174 (420:174) for MEASRES 3150 (250:150). Music Education majors will be waived from MEASRES 3150 (250:150). Prerequisite(s) or corequisite(s): TEACHING 3128; EDPSYCH 3148 (200:148). (Fall, Spring, Summer)

MEASRES 4181/5181 (250:181g). Educational Evaluation in Teaching — 3 hrs.

Principles of measurement and evaluation in the elementary, secondary, and postsecondary schools. Test construction techniques for written tests and performance tests, with norm-referenced and criterion-referenced interpretations; uses of teacher-made instruments and standardized tests. Prerequisite(s): EDPSYCH 3148 (200:148); MEASRES 3150 (250:150) or equivalent; junior standing. (Variable)

MEASRES 6205 (250:205). Educational Research — 3 hrs.

An introduction to research methods relevant to educational research with an emphasis on how these methods address the challenges of conducting research in applied settings such as schools. Course content includes a survey of major types of research designs (both quantitative and qualitative) and their associated approaches for minimizing bias, establishing validity, collecting data, and drawing conclusions. A primary goal of this course is to equip students with an understanding of basic concepts and tools so they can systematically locate, efficiently read and critically evaluate empirical research studies. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

MEASRES 6250. Descriptive Educational Research — 3 hrs.

Examination of theoretical and practical aspects of survey research including sampling, instrumental design and administration, and application of computer techniques to the analysis of survey information. Prerequisite(s): MEASRES 6205 (250:205). (Variable)

MEASRES 6260. Monitoring Progress in Individuals and Groups — 3 hrs.

Examination of models, data collection methods, analysis, and report preparation for educational single-case, small group, and program evaluations. Attention to application of intervention evaluation in school settings. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the School Psychology Ed.S. Program. (Fall)

MEASRES 6270 (250:270). Educational Program Evaluation — 3 hrs.

Examination of models, data-gathering methods, analysis, and report preparation for educational program evaluation; attention to application of evaluation research to specific school and non-school settings. Prerequisite(s): MEASRES 6205 (250:205). (Variable)

MEASRES 6281 (250:281). Statistics and Measurement — 3 hrs.

Application of statistical principles to research in school psychology. Topics selected from correlational analysis; reliability and validity; analysis of variance; sampling; chi-square, t, and F distributions. Emphasis on statistical inference and basic measurement principles. (Summer)

MEASRES 6282 (250:282). Individual Intellectual Assessment — 4 hrs.

Administration, scoring, and interpretation of widely used scales of intelligence. Consideration of cognitive assessment issues, including conceptualizations of intelligence, racial and ethnic bias, and applications in school settings. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MAE in Educational Psychology with Context and Techniques of Assessment Emphasis program (School Psychology program). (Fall)

MEASRES 6283 (250:283). Academic Assessment and Intervention — 4 hrs.

Ecological approach to academic assessment and intervention; discussion of curriculum-based and standardized measures, ethical considerations and measurement principles; and introduction to academic interventions. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MAE in Educational Psychology with Context and Techniques of Assessment Emphasis program (School Psychology program). (Spring)

MEASRES 6284 (250:284). Psychosocial Assessment — 4 hrs.

Assessment of socio-emotional development of individual students, including interpretation and dissemination of results; ethical considerations and measurement principles. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Ed.S. in School Psychology program. (Fall)

MEASRES 6285 (250:285). Readings.

(Variable)

MEASRES 6287. Early Childhood Assessment and Intervention — 3 hrs.

In-depth study of the young child, birth through age 8, with a focus on development, assessment, intervention, and mental health. Prerequisite(s): admission to the Ed.S. program in School Psychology or instructor permission. (Spring)

MEASRES 6289 (250:289). Seminar in Evaluation and Research.

(Variable)

MEASRES 6299 (250:299). Research.

Prerequisite(s): consent of department. (Variable)

MEASRES 7310 (250:310). Advanced Qualitative Methods in Educational Research — 3 hrs.

Seminar-style course to increase understanding of qualitative research approaches. Focus on mentoring of dissertation projects. Prerequisite(s): INTDEPED 7303 (190:303); INTDEPED 7314; INTDEPED 7316; consent of department. (Variable)

MEASRES 7330. Advanced Quantitative Research in Education — 3 hrs.

Seminar-style course intended to increase understanding of and ability to carry out quantitative research approaches. Focus on mentoring dissertation projects. Prerequisite(s): INTDEPED 7303 (190:303), INTDEPED 7314, INTDEPED 7316, INTDEPED 7389 (190:389). (Variable)

Social Foundations Courses

SOCFOUND 3119 (260:119). Schools and American Society — 3 hrs.

This course analyzes the history, sociology, political economy, and philosophical foundations of K-12 education. Its focus is on the societal issues that impact student learning and classroom practice and the political processes that impact public education and the teaching profession. It is designed to cultivate critical thinking about themes pertaining to public schooling through an interdisciplinary lens. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

SOCFOUND 4134/5134 (260:134g). History of Education — 3 hrs.

This course explores the historical development of the American public education system. Emphasis is placed on the shifting societal and political aims of public education over time; their relationship to broader shifts in American society and politics; and the controversial issues and social movements that have driven educational change. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)

SOCFOUND 4234/5234. Philosophy of Education — 3 hrs.

This course will survey various approaches and theories of educational philosophy. This will entail questioning common sense assumptions about education, schooling, knowledge, teaching and learning. Through a careful reading of foundational and contemporary texts, students will consider a number of critical issues related to education broadly and the establishment of schooling more specifically Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)

SOCFOUND 6299 (260:299). Research.

Prerequisite(s): consent of department. (Variable)