Course Descriptions

Department of Educational Psychology

Professors M. J. Ash, L. T. Benjamin, M. R. Benz, M. Duffy, T. R. Elliott, E. T. Goetz, J. N. Hughes, R. M. Joshi, R. Lara-Alecio, J. F. McNamara, Y. N. Padron, D. J. Palmer, C. Riccio, C. R. Ridley, M. C. Sadoski, D. C. Simmons, B. Thompson, V. L. Willson (Head); Associate Professors F. A. Bonner, D. F. Brossart, M. D. Burke, L. G. Castillo, L. D. Cifuentes, J. C. Edwards, J. B. Ganz, S. Hagan-Burke, R. J. Hall, R. I. Parker, S. J. Pedersen, L. M. Stough, R. D. Zellner, D. Zhang; Assistant Professors J. Blake, L. J. Bowman-Perrott, A. J. Doss, Y. Goddard, J. E. Gonzalez, O.-M. Kwok, J. Liew, S. Pollard-Durodola, F. Tong, K. J. Vannest, M. Yoon; Clinical Professors C. J. Fournier, P. S. Lynch, W. A. Rae; Clinical Assistant Professors G. E. Byrns, A. L. McCormick, M. Walichowski; Lecturers J. E. Juntune, R. S. Woodward; Assistant Lecturers S. Acosta, K. Schmid

Educational Psychology
(EPSY)

102. Career Development. (1-2). Credit 2. I, II, S

Assists students in becoming more aware of their abilities, interests and values, with requirements of tentatively chosen careers and preparation programs, and with career decision processes; group and individual counseling, testing and independent study; designed for freshmen, sophomores and undeclared majors.

291. Research. Credit 1 to 4.

Research conducted under the direction of faculty member in educational psychology. May be repeated 2 times for credit. Prerequisites: Freshman or sophomore classification and approval of instructor.

320. Child Development. (3-0). Credit 3. I, II, S

Growth and development of the normal child from infancy to adolescence; implications of children’s cognitive, language and psychosocial development for success in academic and social interactions. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

321. Adolescent Development. (3-0). Credit 3. I, II, S

Characteristics of adolescent growth and development emphasizing behavior within secondary school setting; influences of prior development; home, family and community; peer group, as these affect school adjustment and success. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

430. Creativity Theories and Research. (3-0). Credit 3.

Theoretical base of creativity and the research methodologies used to study creativity. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

431. Personal Creativity and Giftedness. (3-0). Credit 3.

Personal giftedness and creativity and its inner-relativity with development, relationships, and learning. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

432. Creativity and Creative Problem Solving. (3-0). Credit 3.

Creativity research; historical background and application of the framework and tools of the Parnes/Osborn Creative Problem Solving Process. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

433. Lateral Thinking. (3-0). Credit 3.

Edward deBono’s theories and approach to creativity known as lateral thinking which is used throughout the world to increase creative thinking in individuals. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

435. Educational Statistics. (3-0). Credit 3. I, II, S

Statistical concepts and techniques and their application in behavioral sciences. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

459. Practicum in Educating the Gifted and Talented. (1-6). Credit 3.

Theory and strategies for instruction and guidance of the gifted and talented through a supervised experience in a laboratory setting with gifted and talented children and/or adolescents. May be taken two times for credit. Prerequisites: Approval of department head and instructor; junior or senior classification.

484. Field Experiences. Credit 1 to 6.

University-supervised experience in a professional employment setting related to specializations in guidance and special education. May be repeated to 6 hours total. Prerequisites: Approval of student’s advisor and department head.

485. Directed Studies. Credit 1 to 4. I, II, S

Research problems and readings in areas selected to supplement existing offerings; individual reports, oral and written, required. Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification; approval of instructor.

489. Special Topics in… Credit 1 to 4. I, II, S

Selected topics in an identified area of educational psychology. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

491. Research. Credit 1 to 4.

Research conducted under the direction of faculty member in educational psychology. May be repeated 2 times for credit. Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification and approval of instructor.