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Educational Psychology (EDP) Course Descriptions

EDP 5003  Psychological Learning Theories
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Provides a current and comprehensive overview of theory and research related to learning. Covers topics such as behaviorism, social cognitive theory, information processing, constructivism and motivation. Explores applications of learning principles in multiple contexts including classroom and virtual learning environments. Appropriate for students in all areas of graduate study.

EDP 5033  Human Development Across the Life Span
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Provides comprehensive overview of relevant research and theoretical frameworks of human development across the life span. Topics include cognitive, social, emotional, and sociocultural development as it exists in various contexts including schools, communities and families. Appropriate for students in all areas of graduate study.

EDP 5043  Classroom Management and Motivation
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
A detailed investigation of various theories and models of classroom management and motivation. Topics include behavior modification, assertive discipline, control theory, and the concept of the democratic classroom. (Same as C&I 5043. Credit cannot be earned for both EDP 5043 and C&I 5043.)

EDP 5053  Psychosocial Contexts of Learning
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Provides theory and research related to the “informal curriculum,” defined as those aspects of educational life that are separate from the traditional goal of academic achievement. Course allows students to explore personal beliefs about the goals of schooling and/or workplace learning.

EDP 5273  Child Development
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Course addresses classic and current conceptual methodological approaches to the social-scientific study of child development. Emphasis will include an examination of historical, theoretical, sociocultural and methodological issues central to child development.

EDP 5303  Principles and Techniques of Evaluation
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Introduces the study of assessment and evaluation, including classical test theory, principles of psychological and educational measurement (including methods of establishing evidence for reliability and validity), statistical and psychometric concepts, the development and selection of assessment instruments related to a range of psychological constructs, and techniques for interpreting and communicating evaluation results.

EDP 5313  Assessment and Evaluation for Educators
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Course addresses principles and techniques necessary to develop sound assessment tools and strategies for evaluating student learning. Primary course focus will be on the creation of objective and performance assessments, administration procedures, classroom evaluation and the role of testing, measurement and evaluation in instructional practice.

EDP 5333  Adolescent Development
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Course addresses classic and current conceptual methodological approaches to social-scientific study of adolescent development. Emphasis will include an examination of historical, theoretical, sociocultural and methodological issues central to adolescent development.

EDP 5343  Instructional Design Theory
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: IST 5003 or consent of instructor.
An investigation of theories, principles, and processes of instructional and digital learning design including their application to instructional product and curriculum development. (Same as IST 5343. Credit cannot be earned for both IST 5343 and EDP 5343.)

EDP 5603  Psychology of Human Motivation
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.
Explores the study of human motivation from a variety of approaches including educational, psychological and social-historical. The goal of the course is to help students develop foundational understandings of how various motivational theories relate to the teaching and learning processes in a variety of educational contexts.

EDP 6033  Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in School Psychology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Admission to the School Psychology program.
Review of historical foundations of school psychology; legal, ethical, and credentialing issues in school psychology; scholarly writing and library research skills; models of psychological service delivery; professional role and function of the school psychologist; professional standards and organizations in school psychology.

EDP 6103  Methods and Techniques of Inquiry I
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
This course covers strategies related to descriptive and experimental research, sampling procedures, and other research design concepts. This course also introduces the basic statistical topics used in behavioral research, thus students will focus on developing an understanding of basic descriptive and inferential statistics. Statistical topics covered include: frequency distributions, measures of central tendency, variability, standardized scores, probability, correlation, regression, and various analyses associated with reliability and validity. Students will use these concepts to read, interpret, and evaluate educational and psychological research.

EDP 6203  Methods and Techniques of Inquiry II
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: EDP 6103.
Building on concepts from Methods and Techniques of Inquiry I, this course covers strategies related to inferential statistics and experimental research, along with topics associated with program evaluation. While Methods and Techniques of Inquiry I focuses more on correlation designs and measurement topics, this course provides research design and statistical information for comparative and experimental research designs. Topics covered include sampling error, various t-statistics, one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA), factorial ANOVAs, and different experimental designs. Students will use these concepts to read, interpret, and evaluate educational and psychological research.

EDP 6233  Mental Health Services in the Schools
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: COU 5213.
This course will cover selected psychotherapeutic and comprehensive intervention approaches for treating childhood and adolescent emotional and behavioral disorders that interfere with learning. Topics include play therapy, solution-focused strategies, cognitive-behavioral techniques, group and individual therapies, case management, involvement of the family and other service providers, and crisis response. Emphasis will be placed on empirically-supported services within a school systemic framework.

EDP 6243  Assessment of Intelligence and Achievement
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: EDP 5303 or equivalent.
Examines educational and clinical applications of individual assessment; specific diagnostic measures of intelligence and academic achievement; supervised instruction in administration, scoring, and interpretation. Videotaping and direct observation of test administration is required for purposes of supervision and self-evaluation.

EDP 6263  Behavioral Assessment and Intervention
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: EDP 5003 and EDP 5303 or equivalent.
Examines behavioral learning theory and operant conditioning principles; overview of behavioral assessment strategies with an emphasis on the systematic observations of behavior and interviews; functional behavior assessment and applied behavior analysis as systematic assessment-intervention approaches to behavior modification; and specific behavior intervention approaches for use with children and adolescents.

EDP 6293  Consultation in the Schools
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: EDP 6103 and EDP 6203.
Examines the role of consultation within the practice of school psychology, major theoretical models of consultation, specific approaches to service delivery, and ethical issues related to consultation. This course also includes methods of evaluating consultation outcomes at the individual student level, in addition to methods of program evaluation. Requires the application of theoretical material to case studies.

EDP 6343  Advanced Psychological Assessment
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: EDP 5303 or equivalent, and EDP 6243.
Theory and application of specific instruments and techniques, including administration and scoring. Emphasis on analysis, interpretation, and integration of intelligence, achievement, emotional, behavioral, and personality assessment results for diagnostics as well as treatment planning. Casework is required.(Formerly EDP 6323. Credit cannot be earned for both EDP 6323 and EDP 6343.) (This course is not equivalent to COU 6323 Advanced Psychological Assessment.)

EDP 6423  Development of Girls and Women
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Course examines the theoretical approaches of development for girls and women. Focus will be placed on feminist theories and development, socialization of women, and sociocultural factors contributing to prevalent disorders among females (anxiety and phobias, eating disorders, dealing with violence and abuse, coping with stress, etc.).

EDP 6643  Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: EDP 5033, EDP 5273, or EDP 5333.
Course addresses DSM classification to discuss major emotional and behavioral disorders experienced by nonadult populations. Current state of knowledge with regard to the characteristics, etiological factors, and developmental outcomes of psychological disorders of childhood and adolescence will be considered.

EDP 6703  Clinical Neuropsychology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: EDP 5303 or equivalent, EDP 6243, and EDP 6833.
Review of brain-behavior relationships and biological substrates of behavior; physiological bases of neuropsychological constructs such as executive function, attention, perception, memory, learning, emotions, and behavior; review of selected neurobehavioral and genetic disorders in children, with emphasis on cognitive, behavioral, and emotional sequelae of these disorders. Includes coverage of relevant neuropsychological assessment methods.

EDP 6733  Multicultural Assessment and Intervention
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: EDP 5303 or equivalent, EDP 6643, and EDP 6833.
Course provides theory and research related to assessment and intervention needs found with cultural diversity. Structured as a seminar, discussions include professional issues, trends, testing and assessment issues, intervention theories and techniques with regard to multiculturalism and cultural diversity.

EDP 6833  Practicum in School Psychology
3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Completion of Practicum Form indicating required coursework has been completed, and consent of instructor.
Supervised field-based experience in approved public school and mental health settings in school psychology. Supervision provided by on-site supervisors and university faculty. Emphasis is on orientation to school settings; learning the role of the school psychologist within the larger context; evaluation of psychological and academic difficulties; consultation with parents and teachers; and direct counseling interventions with students. May be repeated for up to 6 hours credit.

EDP 6891  Field Experience in Behavioral Analysis
1 hour credit.
Supervised field-based applied research experience in approved school and clinic settings. Emphasis is on orientation to behavior analysis in applied settings, learning the role of a behavior consultant within larger systems, implementation and evaluation of behavioral interventions for students struggling with problem behaviors. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit.

EDP 6943  Internship in School Psychology
3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Completion of Internship Form indicating required coursework has been completed, and consent of instructor.
Full-time, supervised field-based experience in approved professional employment settings in school psychology. Supervision provided by on-site supervisors and university faculty. Students will complete a minimum of 600 clock hours of clinical work per semester, during which they will integrate and apply knowledge gained through coursework and begin to develop a professional identity. Can be taken only when all other required coursework in the School Psychology program has been completed. May be repeated for up to 6 hours credit.

EDP 6951,3  Independent Study
1 or 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission in writing (form available) of the instructor and the student’s Graduate Advisor of Record.
Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. For students needing specialized work not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. May be repeated for credit, but no more than 6 hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to the Master’s degree.

EDP 6961  Comprehensive Examination
1 hour credit. Prerequisite: Approval of the Graduate Program Committee to take the Comprehensive Examination.
Independent study course for the purpose of taking the Comprehensive Examination. May be repeated as many times as approved by the Graduate Program Committee. Enrollment is required each term in which the Comprehensive Examination is taken if no other courses are being taken that term. The grade report for the course is either “CR” (satisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination) or “NC” (unsatisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination).

EDP 6973  Special Issues
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
An organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. Special Issues courses may be repeated for credit when topics vary, but no more than 6 hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to the Master’s degree.

EDP 6991  Independent Study in School Psychology Internship
1 hour credit. Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in EDP 6943 and consent of instructor.
Independent reading, research, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. This Independent Study is restricted to students currently enrolled in Internship in School Psychology, and may involve the detailed analysis of a critical problem, issue, or research question related to the professional practice of School Psychology. May be repeated for credit, but no more than 6 hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to the Master’s degree.

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