Oct 24, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Counseling and Psychology in Education-Human Development and Educational Psychology (M.A., Ed.S., Ph.D.)


Admissions Information  

Degree Requirements for Master of Arts in Counseling and Psychology in Education - Human Development and Educational Psychology Specialization


The Master’s degree offers two options: Plan A, which requires a thesis, and Plan B, a non-thesis alternative. Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average throughout the program. For Plan B students, a final written comprehensive examination is required prior to graduation. Students in Plan A must successfully defend a master’s thesis. Students continuing toward a Ph.D. should complete Plan A.

Plan A (thesis): Total 33 credit hours


Plan B (non-thesis): Total 33 credit hours


Preliminary Examination


Upon successful completion of the first 9 credit hours of coursework, students will complete a preliminary examination.

Student Learning Outcomes (M.A.)


  1. Students will be able to explain and synthesize key information from human development.
  2. Students will be able to explain and synthesize key information from educational psychology.
  3. Students will be able to explain and synthesize key information in research and statistics.
  4. Students will demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills within educational roles.

Degree Requirements for Specialist in Counseling and Psychology in Education - Human Development and Educational Psychology Specialization


The specialist degree requires a minimum of 36 hours beyond the master’s degree in a related field. The requirements can be tailored to the student’s needs and career goals with the approval of their graduate committee.

Specialist in Education, Human Development and Educational Psychology: A minimum of 36 credit hours beyond a conferred master’s degree.


Note


- Master’s degree must include USD’s 15 credit-hour core or its equivalent.

Note


- As a culminating activity, students complete a six credit-hour research project EDER 888S  or EPSY 898S  6 cr hrs. This project will be designed to meet individual interests and needs and is guided by the student’s advisor.

- Upon successful completion of nine credit hours of coursework, students will complete a preliminary examination.

- A final defense of the research project is required before graduation.
 

Degree Requirements for Doctorate in Counseling and Psychology in Education - Human Development and Educational Psychology Specialization


Doctor of Philosophy, Human Development and Educational Psychology: Total 93 credit hours or a minimum of 60 credits hour beyond a conferred master’s degree.


  • Master’s degree or 30 credit hours master-level coursework
  • Education Psychology Doctoral core 30 credit hours
  • Supporting courses 15 credit hours
  • Dissertation 15 credit hours minimum

Note


- Upon successful completion of the first nine credit hours of coursework, students will complete a preliminary examination.
- The Ph.D. degree requires a minimum of 60 credit hours beyond the master’s Degree.
- Students may earn a master’s degree during completion of the Ph.D. requirements.
- Comprehensive examinations must be completed after a majority of the course work toward a PhD is completed, preferably in the final semester of coursework. 
- Two consecutive years are required in-residence, which means that during this time students must enroll in at least 6 credit hours of coursework, predominantly on campus or hybrid.
- Candidates are required to complete a specified core of courses covering human development, learning theory, measurement, statistics and research design.
- Students may take up to 9 dissertation hours prior to proposal.

Complete 9 hours in one area of emphasis:

Human Development Emphasis must complete 9 credits from the following courses:

Electives: 15 credit hours

Dissertation: 15 credit hours minimum


Note


- With the aid of their advisor and approval of their graduate committee, students can tailor their program to fit their areas of expertise and career goals. This is done through elective course work, independent studies and practicum experiences.

Student Learning Outcomes (Ed.S. and Ph.D.)


  1. Students will be able to explain and synthesize key information from human development.
  2. Students will be able to explain and synthesize key information from educational psychology.
  3. Students will be able to explain and synthesize key information from research and statistics.
  4. Students will demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills within educational roles.
  5. Students will conduct research within an area of expertise.

State Authorization - It Matters Where You Live


If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference the State Authorization webpage.

State Authorization