Graduate College of Education and Psychology

Dr. Ross Sherman, Dean


The mission of the College of Education and Psychology is to provide a positive environment that fosters the acquisition of knowledge and skills. The mission is individually and collectively realized through a community of scholars that contributes to knowledge through scholarly inquiry; organizes knowledge for application, understanding and communication; and provides leadership and service. Additionally, the College is committed to affirming and promoting global perspectives, cultural diversity, and respect for individual differences as a means of enhancing learning, service and scholarship.


  • Provide candidates who have earned bachelors’ degrees preparation for initial teaching certificates
  • Provide candidates with academic programs and study leading to advanced professional certifications in a range of educational fields.
  • Provide candidates with academic programs and study leading to licensure and certifications in psychology and related fields.
  • Prepare candidates with strong academic and professional graduate level foundations for further study at the doctoral level.
  • Prepare graduates who have the ability to play significant roles in their chosen professional field.

Graduate Programs

The College of Education and Psychology offers graduate course work leading to completion of Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Education degrees, and certification programs. Program options available within each degree are as follows:

Master of Arts

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

School Counseling

Master of Science

Clinical Psychology

Master of Education

Curriculum and Instruction

Educational Leadership


Special Education

Certification Programs

Post-Baccalaureate Initial Teacher Certification 

Initial certification at the EC-6, 4-8, 8-12, and EC-12 levels. (See General Degree Requirements)

Post-Masters' Certification Programs

Principal, School Counseling, Educational Diagnostician, Reading Specialist, and Master Reading Teacher

Superintendent Certification

General Degree Requirements



Prospective graduate degree students in the College of Education and Psychology must meet specific admission requirements of the selected program. Students with inadequate undergraduate preparation in a chosen program may be required to complete deficiencies. The following are the general procedures for fulfilling degree requirements for Master of Arts, Master of Science, and Master of Education degrees. Specific academic requirements are described in program sections on subsequent pages of this catalog.

  1. Apply for admission to the program of choice at  Requirements for program admission will be those in effect at the time the application is submitted.
  2. Gain admission to the selected degree program.
  3. File a degree plan during the first semester after admission to the degree program. Complete required semester credit hours of approved graduate work.
  4. Maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in all courses applied toward the degree, and a grade point average of at least 3.0 in the academic major. No course with a grade below "C" may be applied toward fulfilling degree requirements.
  5. Complete requirements for comprehensive examinations, if required.
  6. Complete thesis requirements (if applicable) by following guidelines available in The Graduate School.
  7. File for graduation prior to the published deadline by completing the procedures in “Filing for Graduation” in the Graduate Policies and Programs section of this catalog.