Bachelor Of Science in Educational Psychology
Educational Psychology is an undergraduate degree program in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Foundations. It leads to a B.S. degree in educational psychology and is generally referred to as the EPY major.
Educational psychology is the science of learners and learning, including their differences and their development as they grow and change. These differences include changes that are biosocial, cognitive, and psychosocial. Educational psychologists are interested in areas that affect students' learning and achievement; such that they are interested in understanding motivation, individual differences in abilities; student exceptionalities, creative thinking, and personality. Educational psychology also involves learning the techniques of the scientific method that apply to our field -- using tests and measurements, statistics, and research methodology. Thus, educational psychology involves a wide range of topics about people, and your major courses are designed to help you learn about these topics while also helping you learn the methods in how knowledge is gained in the field.
Educational psychology is a Bachelor of Science degree program within the College of Education at Mississippi State University. It is designed for people who enjoy helping and working with others. It offers:
- a non-teaching major that does not lead to certification as a teacher (though it is possible to seek alternate certification upon graduation);
- enriching courses in human growth and development, learning, measurement, personality theory, exceptional populations, research methods, and psychology;
- a curriculum that prepares you to work in a number of different positions within many helping professions.
You should consider educational psychology if:
- you are a people person, but you do not want to be a teacher in K-12 settings;
- you are interested in working with people of all ages;
- you would like to work with individuals in challenging settings.
You will complete the following as part of your 124 hour degree program:
- a general education core of 48 hours
- a 43 hour curriculum in educational psychology
- and a concentration area that you choose (18-24 hours) which consists of support courses that complement the major and your career goals.
Planning for your B.S. Degree:
- To graduate from MSU, you will need 124 hours. "Hours" refers to courses that carry credits. For courses taken at MSU, you can usually tell by looking at the last digit of a course (for example, EPY 2513 would carry 3 hours of credit).
- You must have a 2.25 on a 4.00 scale to enter and graduate from the program.
- To finish the B.S. degree in EPY in four years with no summer school, you will need to take 15-16 hours each regular semester. If this is your first term at MSU and you've not yet taken a full load at a senior college, it would be a good idea to limit your first semester to 12 hours or 15 hours maximum.
- You may only transfer 62 hours from junior or community colleges.
- It is most important that you get to know your advisor and see that faculty member during preregistration times. Your degree program is your responsibility. Make sure your folder contains all transcripts. Keep your program up to date each time your visit your advisor.
Administratively, the program is located in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Foundations, P.O. Box 9727, Mississippi State, MS 39762. The phone is (662) 325-3426. The departmental offices are located on the fifth floor of Allen Hall. The Department Head is Dr. David T. Morse.
Educational Psychology Faculty
- Ty Abernathy, Ph.D. Associate Research Professor
- Anastasia Elder, Ph.D. Professor and Program Coordinator
- Donna Gainer, Ph.D. Instructor
- Kasia Gallo, M.S. Instructor, Advisor
- Nicole Leach, Ph.D. Assistant Professor
- Linda W. Morse, Ph.D. Professor
- David T. Morse, Ph.D. Professor, Department Head
- Tianlan (Elaine) Wei, Ph.D. Assistant Professor
There are many exciting jobs for graduates of the B.S. degree in Educational Psychology. You may view some of these work opportunities at "What Can I do With an Educational Psychology Degree?"