Overview

The Ed.S. degree in Educational Psychology is designed to prepare the student to be a practitioner with some research skills. The primary goal of the program is to provide a strong foundation in practice. There is a generalist approach with no specialization. The student who terminates his or her graduate education with the Ed.S. degree in Educational Psychology is most likely to be employed in public or private schools; however, teaching at 2 year and 4 year colleges is possible. In some circumstances, the Ed.S. degree in Educational Psychology may also lead to employment in business areas or research organizations.

Admission Requirements

The University of Alabama College of Education requires completion of a master’s degree for Ed.S. and doctoral students. The master’s degree may be completed at the University of Alabama or may have been completed at another accredited institution before application to the University of Alabama. The master’s degree may be in any field related to educational psychology.

Students who do not hold previous masters’ degrees may complete their master’s degrees as part of their graduate activities in the Educational Psychology Program. Students who wish to obtain Ed.S. degrees must complete their masters’ degrees before they can be officially admitted to the Ed.S. program.

Application Process

  1. Complete the Application Form.
  2. Pay the application fee. The application fee is $65 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents and $80 for international students. Please note that application fees are non-refundable. The application fee is waived for the following groups:
    • Veterans and current members of the US military (please email your DD 214 or current assignment orders to gradschool@ua.edu).
    • Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program students (please email gradschool@ua.edu for more details).
    • University of Alabama undergraduates applying to a graduate program in the same subject area. To qualify for this application fee waiver a student must have no time break between the undergraduate and graduate program and have an overall GPA of 3.0 or greater.
    • Applicants who have previously enrolled in Graduate School at The University of Alabama.
  3. Within 48 hours of completing steps 1 and 2 you will receive an email with your Campus Wide Identification (CWID) number. It is VERY important that you keep this number somewhere safe.
  4. Submit supporting documents and check application status by selecting Manage Documents.

Program Requirements

A major part of graduate training is successful participation in courses. Each subsequent level of graduate degree in the Educational Psychology Program builds on the preceding-level degrees. For example, the coursework requirements for the Ed.S. degrees include the M.A. degree requirements, plus additional requirements specific to the Ed.S. degree. The Ed.S. degree in Educational Psychology requires a total of 60 graduate credits, with 30 of these graduate credits beyond the M.A. degree in Educational Psychology.

In addition to the completion of M.A. level coursework, courses offered in the Ed.S. Program in Educational Psychology include:

  • BEP 600          Contemporary Educational Problems and Educational Psychology
  • BEP 601          Family, School and Community Relationships
  • BEP 641          Advanced Learning and Cognition
  • BEP 650          Psychology of Morality
  • BEP 655          Adolescent Psychology
  • BEP 661          Psychological Study of Learners
  • BEP 665          Motivation and Emotion in Education

Faculty Advisors

Each student is appointed a temporary faculty advisor upon initial acceptance into the program. Students may select permanent advisors after beginning coursework. Advisors assist students with planning coursework, registering for courses, and completing program planning records.  Advisors for Ed.S. students also approve the “Ed.S. Program of Study” form, which is filed with the Graduate School

Program Outcomes and Program Planning Records

All degree requirements in the Educational Psychology Program are carefully designed and sequenced according to program outcomes. Program outcomes are the areas of knowledge and skill students are expected to demonstrate upon successful completion of the coursework and other training activities.  Each student is required to maintain a Program Planning Record, a document that is used by the student and his or her advisor to monitor completion of all degree requirements.

Transfer of Credit and Use of Previous Graduate Work

Revise:  The University of Alabama allows students to transfer equivalent courses from other accredited institutions.   Credits may be transferred only if they were earned during the six-year period prior to admission to the program. Transfer of courses must be approved by the student’s advisor. The Dean of the Graduate School must also approve transfer of courses.  See Graduate School website for specific details and procedures.

Ed.S. Programs of Study

In addition to Program Planning Records, Ed.S. students are required to file official program of study forms with the Graduate School at the beginning of graduate study. These forms require students and their advisors to list the specific course requirements necessary for the student’s completion of the degree. This form should be completed by the student and advisor and sent to the graduate school during the student’s first semester of coursework.

Comprehensive Examinations

All degree students in the Ed.S. Educational Psychology Program are required to successfully complete written comprehensive examinations before the degrees will be granted. The examinations are completed independently on a “take-home” basis, and require students to integrate knowledge and skills obtained during coursework and other training activities. Students are allowed to take comprehensive examinations only twice.

Admission to Candidacy

As noted in the Graduate Catalog, admission to the Graduate School does not imply admission to candidacy for a degree. Admission to candidacy is contingent upon the recommendation of the student’s program and the approval of the graduate dean, after the student has met the formal requirements for candidacy for the degree and demonstrated sufficient preparation to pursue the graduate study and research required for the degree sought. Application forms are supplied by the Graduate School office.

The application for admission to candidacy for the Ed.S. can be filed with the Graduate School after 12 semester hours of graduate credit have been earned at the University of Alabama. It must be filed by the time of registration for the semester in which requirements for the degree are completed. Approval of admission to candidacy will depend on the quality of the student’s graduate work, the removal of any special conditions, and the certification of the program that the student is well qualified to continue work toward a degree.

Application for Graduation

Each candidate for a graduate degree must apply for graduation no later than the registration period for the semester of first term of the summer session in which degree requirements are to be completed. The “Application for Degree” form must be obtained from and submitted to the Graduate School.

Deadlines to Meet Degree Requirements

Each semester, the Graduate School publishes dates by which students must meet degree requirements, submit forms, and engage in other activities necessary for awarding of the degrees. Some of the deadlines occur early in the semester in which the degree will be granted; some of the deadlines occur in the semester before the degree will be granted. Graduate School deadlines are posted every semester on the Graduate School website. It is the student’s responsibility to review and meet all deadlines.

Graduation

Degrees are awarded during fall, spring, or summer semesters, and are awarded after the completion of degree requirements. The University of Alabama has only one official graduation ceremony, which is typically the second Saturday in May. All graduates from the previous summer, fall, and spring semesters are encouraged to participate in the May graduation ceremony.

For more information on these programs, contact Dr. Steve Thoma.