Department of Educational Psychology

Educational Psychology: EDP

Lower-Division Courses

EDP 304. Strategic Learning for the Twenty-First Century.

Explores a wide range of subjects in educational psychology that impact student learning, including theories of cognition and motivation, and applies them to academic work. Covers strategies to improve student academic performance. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Educational Psychology 304; 110, 210, 310 (Topic 1); 110, 210, 310 (Topic 4); 110, 210, 310 (Topic 5). Offered on the letter-grade basis only.

EDP 308. Statistical Reasoning and Literacy.

Introduction to statistical applications and their interpretation in daily life. Covers principles of gathering and analyzing data, and interpreting analysis results in order to critically evaluate findings reported in the media and social science research. Explores basic statistical analyses, and skills needed for informed research consumerism. Three lecture hours a week for one semester.

EDP 216, 316, 416. Intergroup Dialogue.

Group discussion of the definitions and implications of social identities. Topics may include gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, physical ability, and age. For each semester hour of credit earned, one lecture hour a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Educational Psychology 210 (Topic: Intergroup Dialogue), 210 (Topic 3), 310 (Topic 3), and 216, 316, 416. Offered on the letter-grade basis only.

EDP 118T, 218T, 318T, 418T. Selected Topics in Educational Psychology.

Issues, research, and topics of contemporary interest in various areas of educational psychology and the behavioral sciences that may vary from semester to semester. For each semester hour of credit earned, one lecture hour a week for one semester; additional laboratory hours may be arranged for some topics. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Topic 4: Myths and Mysteries of Memory. Educational Psychology 312 (Topic 4: Myths and Mysteries of Memory) and 118T, 218T, 318T, 418T (Topic 4) may not both be counted.
Topic 5: Introduction to Career Planning. Introduction to social science models of career development and perspectives of work as a culturally-mediated artifact of human society. Discussion of how social scientists use data about individual characteristics and jobs to help people optimize career choices. Group and individual project-based assessments will provide opportunities to apply learned concepts to students's own career planning.

Upper-Division Courses

EDP 350E. Introduction to Life Span Development.

Explores theories of personality, as well as research and literature on mental health and character development, applying principles and theories to the educative enterprise. Covers application of personality theory to the guidance of children and youth. Study of physical, social, and cognitive development in humans. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Educational Psychology 350E, 363M (Topic: Introduction to Life Span Development), and 363M (Topic 6). Prerequisite: Upper-division standing recommended.

EDP 350G. Adolescent Development.

Addresses contemporary adolescent development in relation to major transitions, contextual influences, and psychosocial tasks. Covers adolescent identity development, with focus on the education of adolescents. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Educational Psychology 350G, 363M (Topic: Adolescent Development), 363M (Topic 3). Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and six semester hours of upper-division coursework in education or behavioral sciences.

EDP 350L. Human Sexuality.

Taught from a psychological perspective with attention to the physiological, emotional, and relationship dimensions of sexuality. Presents factual information and promotes scholarly examination of social and personal factors in developing healthy relationships and sexual expression. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Educational Psychology 350L and 363 (Topic 3) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

EDP 352D. Introduction to Individual Counseling and Psychotherapy.

Nature of the counseling process, dynamics of behavior change, client-counselor roles and relationships; an experiencing of the group process as a basis for studying dynamics of individual and group behavior. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Educational Psychology 352D and 367 (Topic 1) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

EDP 352G. Multicultural Approach to Counseling and Psychotherapy.

An introduction to cultural diversity, cultural issues, cultural groups, and multiculturalism in counseling. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Educational Psychology 352G and 367 (Topic 2) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and completion of six semester hours of upper-division coursework in behavioral sciences.

EDP 352K. Mindfulness, Compassion, and the Self.

Subjects include mindfulness, self-compassion, well-being, and self-concept. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Educational Psychology 352K, 362 (Topic 8), and 362 (Topic: Mindfulness, Compassion, and the Self). Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and completion of three semester hours of coursework in behavioral sciences.

EDP 352N. Addiction Counseling and Theories.

Studies in biological mechanisms of categories of commonly abused substances and behaviors, as well as prevention and treatment approaches to addiction. Includes discussion of other forms of addiction, including food, sex, and internet, and addiction in diverse populations. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Educational Psychology 352N and 367 (Topic 3) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and completion of six semester hours of upper-division coursework in behavioral sciences.

EDP 354E. Psychology of Women.

Study of women's experiences, issues, and behavior in the context of psychological theory and research. Integrates several sub-disciplines of psychology, including physiological, personality, developmental, social, abnormal, and applied psychology. Explores a variety of topics relevant to psychology of women, including theories of women's personality, gender socialization, sex differences, victimization, oppression, and motherhood. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Educational Psychology 354E, 362 (Topic: Psychology of Women), 362 (Topic 10), and Women's and Gender Studies 345 (Topic: Psychology of Women). Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

EDP 354G. Psychology of the African American Experience.

Same as African and African Diaspora Studies 374D (Topic 11). Examination of the psychology of people of African descent using an African-centered liberatory model. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: African and African Diaspora Studies 374D (Topic: Psychology of the African-American Experience), 374D (Topic 11), Educational Psychology 354G, 362 (Topic: Psychology of the African-American Experience), 362 (Topic 9: Psychology of the African-American Experience).

EDP 354J. Psychology of Race and Racism.

Same as African and African Diaspora Studies 372D (Topic 1). Review of the history and evolution of the construct of race as a psychological and social phenomenon. Multidisciplinary but primarily social-psychological approach: in addition to readings from psychology, ideas in the areas of anthropology, sociology, and biology will be discussed. Emphasis on theoretical and conceptual approaches toward understanding the psychology of racial thinking. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: African and African Diaspora Studies 372D (Topic 1), 374D (Topic: Psychology of Race and Racism), Educational Psychology 354J, 362 (Topic 6: Psychology of Race and Racism), 362 (Topic: Psychology of Race and Racism). Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

EDP 354L. Community Leadership on the College Campus.

Issues and topics of interest in various areas of college leadership. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Additional prerequisites may vary with the topics.

EDP 358D. Emotional and Behavioral Disorders.

Covers theory and research on several mental disorders with a critical perspective on how social structures and assumptions influence the way they are conceptualized and treated. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Educational Psychology 358D and 363 (Topic 5) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and completion of three semester hours of coursework in behavioral sciences.

EDP 358F. Educational Neuroscience.

Explores the interactions between neurobiological processes and education, examining how cognitive neuroscience can inform and guide educational practice, as well as how the impact of the educational experience on brain development and functioning can increase understanding of functional neural systems. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, additional laboratory hours may be arranged. Only one of the following may be counted: Educational Psychology 358F, 369K (Topic: Educational Neuroscience), and 369K, 469K (Topic 10). Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and completion of six semester hours of upper-division coursework in behavioral sciences.

EDP 371. Introduction to Statistics.

Measures of central tendency and variability; correlation and regression; probability and statistical inference; analysis of variance; nonparametric statistics. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with additional laboratory hours to be arranged. Only one of the following may be counted: Educational Psychology 371, Mathematics 316, Statistics 309 or Statistics and Data Sciences 301. A student may not earn credit for Educational Psychology 371, Mathematics 316, Statistics 309 or Statistics and Data Sciences 301 after having received credit for any of the following with a grade of at least C-: Statistics and Data Sciences 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 328M, Statistics and Scientific Computation 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, or 328M.

EDP 176T, 276T, 376T, 476T. Topics in Educational Psychology.

Issues, research, and topics of contemporary interest in various areas of educational psychology and the behavioral sciences. For each semester hour of credit earned, one lecture hour a week for one semester; additional laboratory hours may be arranged for some topics. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Prerequisites may vary with the topic.

Topic 3: Disability and Culture in Education. Examination of the culture of disability in the educational context. Explores language and terminology around disability; history of ableism (discrimination/prejudice), the role of accommodations and access in defining disability and inclusion, perceptions of disability over time, identity development for individuals with a disability, diversity and difference of language within disability groups.
Topic 5: Documentary Film and Inquiry: Honors. Focus on student creation of short video documentaries on their chosen topics. Documentary projects will also be the vehicle for exploring methodological issues in relation to qualitative methods and the use of media as a tool. Covers elements that make documentaries effective as a means for communicating ideas and issues. Educational Psychology 376T (Topic 5) and 369K (Topic: Documentary Film & Inquiry) may not both be counted. Additional prerequisite: Upper-division standing.
Topic 7: Pediatric Psychology. Explanation of biological, psychological, and social foundations of pediatric conditions, as well as lifespan health conditions related to development in childhood. Explores pediatric health disparities, the intersection of psychology and public health, research methods used in the field of pediatric psychology, and assessment and intervention with children and families. Additional prerequisite: Upper-division standing; six semester credit hours of coursework in behavioral sciences; consent of instructor.

EDP 379L. Research in Educational Psychology.

Supervised research experience in educational psychology. Individual Instruction. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing, completion of twelve semester hours of upper-division coursework in behavioral sciences, and consent of instructor.