Masters (Applied Track)

Masters Degree

Developmental and Learning Sciences (Applied track)
Approved by the DLS Faculty, September 2017


The applied track Master’s Degree in Developmental and Learning Sciences (DLS) provides individuals with psychological knowledge that can be used in educational settings with children, adolescents, and/or adults. Students gain foundational understanding of a) cognition, learning, and instruction, b) development, and c) educational neuroscience, as well as basic methodological skills and practicum experience.


Core Courses (15 hours)

 EDPS 850 or 851: Child Psychology or Psychology of Adolescence (3)
EDPS 854: Human Cognition and Instruction (3)
EDPS 922: Mind, Brain, and Education
EDPS 960 or 966: Advanced Cognitive Psychology in Education or Psychology of Learning (3)
EDPS 961 or 962: Cognitive Development or Personality and Social Development (3)


Additional Coursework in Developmental and Learning Sciences
(at least 6 hours)

 At least two courses from the following:
EDPS 855: Teaching Learners to Learn (3)
EDPS 967: Motivation (3)
EDPS 869: Developmental Psychopathology (3)
EDPS 989: Psychology of Reading and Writing (3)
EDPS 921: Creativity and Talent Development (3)
EDPS 991: Applied Social Psychology (3)
EDPS 991: Lifespan Developmental Psychology (3)
Additional core courses from above list (beyond 15 hour minimum)
Other appropriate courses approved by the advisor


Methods (at least 6 hours)

 At least 3 hours of statistics (e.g., EDPS 859, EDPS 941, EDPS 942), and 3 hours of measurement (EDPS 870), evaluation, and/or research design/methodology (e.g., EDPS 800, EDPS 900a).


Additional requirements

  • Memorandum of Courses (to be completed in the first half of the program)
  • Applied courses appropriate for specialization or student goals
  • Education based practicum or other experience approved by advisor
  • Coverage of ethics and human diversity (may be included in courses)
  • Comprehensive exams


Total must be at least 36 hours (including at least 15 900-level).