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2012-2013 CSULB University Catalog

Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling

Programs - Master of Arts in Education

**The below information has been altered from the published version of the catalog. The listing for Master's Objective Track 2 has been removed. A list of differences in the online and published version of the catalog is available. **

Option in Educational Psychology

The Option in Educational Psychology is a research-oriented program designed for students and educators to develop their understanding of learning and development, testing and assessment, research, and program evaluation in education. This program offers a rigorous curriculum in these areas and requires that the student declare a "foundation" emphasis within the Option. There are two Tracks in this Option: Track 1 (MA, Option in Educational Psychology) and Track 2 (MA, Option in Educational Psychology plus School Psychology Credential Program). Admission to the MA, Option in Educational Psychology does not guarantee acceptance to the highly competitive School Psychology Credential Program. Visit the program website for program details (


The following are required for admission to the program:

  • 1. Baccalaureate degree in a behavioral science, education, or a related field.
  • 2. Minimum 3.00 overall grade point average in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units of coursework.
  • 3. Minimum score of 150 on the Verbal section of the Graduate Record Exam and 140 on the Quantitative section with a combined score of 300 overall.
  • 4. For international students whose primary language is not English, minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).


Candidates must apply separately to both the university and the program by posted deadlines. Applications should be submitted at the same time.

The application for Graduate Admission to the University is available online through Cal State Apply ( ). One complete set of official transcripts must be submitted with the university application. This set of transcripts will be used to determine grade point average eligibility. Failure to submit transcripts in a timely manner will result in a delayed review of the application.

A separate application to the Educational Psychology program for Track 1 or Track 2 must be submitted to the College of Education Graduate Studies Office (ED1-7). An application and directions can be downloaded at The program application does not require a set of transcripts.

Conditional Admission

Successful applicants are admitted to the program with Conditional admission status.

Advancement to Candidacy - Clear Admission

Students should advance to candidacy as early as possible. For advancement to candidacy (Clear Admission status), students must:

  • 1. Fulfill the campus Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
  • 2. Complete one of the following (or equivalent): EDP 301 or EDP 302.
  • 3. For Track 1 candidates, complete all of the following (or equivalent): EDP 305, EDP 419, EDSP 350.
  • 4. For Track 2 candidates, complete both of the following (or equivalent): EDP 405, EDP 419.
  • 5. Complete 6-9 units of core courses.
  • 6. Resolve all incomplete grades.
  • 7. Maintain a 3.0 grade point average in the prerequisites and in all core courses.
  • 8. Submit to the Graduate Studies Office an Advancement to Candidacy form signed by the program advisor.


Master's Objective

The degree objective requires a total of 33 units (not including prerequisites) made up of a 27-unit core and a 6-unit "foundation" that culminates in either (a) a master's thesis or (b) a written comprehensive examination.

1. Degree Core:

  • A. Take all of the following:
    • EDP 519 Quantitative Educational Data Analysis I (3)
      Prerequisites: EDP 419 or equivalent.
    • EDP 520 Quantitative Research Methods in Educ (3)
      Prerequisites: EDP 419 or equivalent.
    • EDP 541 Sem in Educ Measurement & Assessment (3)
      Prerequisites: EDP 419, 519, and 520 or equivalent.
    • EDP 595 Qualitative Research Methods in Educ (3)
      Prerequisites: EDP 400 or equivalent.
    • EDP 596 Program Evaluation in Education (3)
      Prerequisites: EDP 419 and 520, or equivalent.
    • EDP 604 Seminar in Human Development (3)
      Prerequisites: EDP 301 or 302, and EDP 400 or 419.
    • EDP 605 Theories of Learning, Cognition, Motivation, and Social Development (3)
      Prerequisites: EDP 301 or 302.
    • EDP 619 Quantitative Educational Data Analysis II (3)
      Prerequisites: EDP 519 or equivalent.
  • B. Take one of the following: EDSP 564 or 500/600 level elective (with program advisor approval)

2. Foundation

For the "foundation" culminating in a master's thesis:

  • Complete all of the above 27 units of core courses
  • Complete 6 units of EDP 698,Thesis

Students are strongly encouraged to complete EDP 696, Thesis Study (3 units) as a 500/600 level elective

For the "foundation" culminating in a written comprehensive examination:

  • Complete all of the above 27 units of core courses
  • Take 6 units of 500/600 level electives selected with the approval of the program advisor.


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