Our society faces many critical educational issues, such as how to make learning meaningful and authentic, develop critical thinking skills and creativity in individuals of various ages, and effectively educate special populations, including minorities and gifted students. These issue fall under the purview of Educational Psychology, which is the study of human learning and motivation. It encompasses investigations of cognition and the brain, the influence of affect, goals, and interest on learning; the role of assessment in learning, the psychology of teaching, the effectiveness of instructional interventions, the relationship between cognition and technology, the social psychology of learning organizations, and methods for conducting educational research. It addresses such issues in school contexts, work contexts, and everyday contexts such as the home or museums. The M.A. and Ph.D. program at UNC prepares individuals to become leaders in addressing these issues. Students are trained in the art of reading, writing, and empirically researching such issues through course work and collaboration on research projects with faculty members. Our program is flexible and we help students design a course of study that best suits their needs. Faculty members take pride in mentoring students and building lasting professional relationships as both scholars and teachers. The new Teaching Applications MA is designed for classroom teachers and other educational professionals in a convenient online format.
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges