Educational Psychology is an undergraduate degree program in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Foundations. This is a non-teaching major that leads to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in educational psychology but not certification as a teacher. It is generally referred to as the EPY major.
- Educational Psychology Undergraduate Handbook
- Educational Psychology Curriculum Guide
- Supporting Interest Areas Course List
You should consider educational psychology major if you are interested in working with people of various ages and in a range of settings. It is an appropriate major for those who want to work in helping professions but are not seeking to become a classroom teacher.
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.
You should consider educational psychology if:
- you enjoy helping and working with others,
- you want to understand why people think and act the way they do, and
- you seek enriching courses in human development, learning, and other topics relevant for applying psychology to teaching, coaching, counseling, and other professions. See career opportunities page.
You will complete the following as part of your 124-hour degree program:
- general education requirements (42 hours)
- educational psychology major requirements (70 hours)
- educational psychology major core (46 hours; C or better)
- educational psychology other requirements (6 hours)
- communication (3 hours)
- human/cultural/diversity (3 hours)
- supporting interest area area (18 hours)
- general electives (12 hours)
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. Daniel Gadke.
Educational Psychology Faculty
- Ty Abernathy, Ph.D. Associate Research Professor
- Anastasia Elder, Ph.D. Professor
- Donna Gainer, Ph.D. Instructor
- Kasia Gallo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
- Sareh Karami, Ph.D. Assistant Professor
- Tianlan (Elaine) Wei, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Program Coordinator
- Jianling Xie, Ph.D., Instructor
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?"
Minor in Educational Psychology
Students not majoring in educational psychology may wish to select a minor. An EPY minor provides students with a general background of psychological topics and principles as they relate to education. A minor consists of 18 hours of coursework in educational psychology. This includes 18 hours of EPY courses at the 3000 level or above.
For the 18 hour minor in EPY, students may choose to complete any 18 hours from the following approved course list:
EPY 2513, EPY 3063, EPY 3503, EPY 3543, EPY 4033,
EPY 4073, EPY 4313, EPY 4513, EPY 4553, EPY 4683.
Interested non-majors should speak with the undergraduate minor coordinator,
Dr. Elaine Wei (email@example.com), to formulate a suitable program of study.
Click here to download the Educational Psychology Minor Request Form.