Educational Psychology (EPSY)

Head of Department: Professor Scott Brown

Department Office: Room 119B, Gentry Building

For major requirements, see the Neag School of Education section of the Catalog.

1450W. Mind, Body, Health

Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

The role of the mind and its effects on subjective well-being (e.g., happiness, stress, depression, anxiety) and the physical body. The past history and current literature supporting the mind-body connection, assessment, and intervention. Implications for understanding mind body health relative to quality of life. CA 2.

2810. Creativity: Debunking Myths and Enhancing Innovation

Three credits.

Introduction to the science of creativity and to strategies for enhancing creativity in self and others. CA 2.

3010. Educational Psychology

Three credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100. Beghetto, Brown

The psychology of learning and teaching, and the study of the nature and development of children and adolescents.

3020. Peer Counseling

Three credits. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Focuses on the development of those communication skills which are necessary for effective peer and paraprofessional counseling. Several theories of interpersonal communication, experiential learning and self-psychology will also be covered.

3090. Field Study in Education

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor.

Active study through visitation and participation in educational and/or rehabilitation environments. Participation in appropriate lectures and seminars is required. Students must be prepared to provide own transportation.

3098. Variable Topics

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

3099. Independent Study for Undergraduates

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open only to juniors and seniors with appropriate background for the study of education. Students must present the instructor with a problem well laid out for investigation. May be repeated for credit with a change in content.

Designed primarily for qualified students who wish to extend their knowledge in some specialized area.

3100. Introduction to Exceptionality

Three credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100; open to sophomores or higher. Madaus

Considers the nature of exceptionalities as well as current policy and programs in the schools and community.

3110. Exceptionality

Two credits. Prerequisite: Open only to students in the Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s Teacher Preparation Program. Madaus

Overview of characteristics of students with exceptionalities and of educational programming for exceptional learners.

3115. Collaborative Program Planning in Special Education

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only to Special Education and Elementary Education majors. Freeman

Covers basic knowledge and skills related to collaboration with families, paraprofessionals, other teachers, and professionals from other disciplines, including specialized services for children with disabilities (EG, Health, Assistive Technology, Related Services). Introduction to library and computer resources for school leaders.

3125. Classroom and Behavior Management

Variable (2 or 3) credits. Prerequisite: Open only to students in the Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s Teacher Preparation Program. Simonsen

Overview of preferred practices for providing positive behavior supports for students with disabilities across a variety of classroom and other educational environments.

3130. Methods for Teaching Students with Disabilities

(Formerly offered as EPSY 4100.) Four credits. Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in Special Education Teacher Preparation Program. Coyne

Informs students of research-based methods and instructional formats for teaching students with disabilities. Integration of methods with clinical experiences.

3190. Directed Observation and Participation

Credits by arrangement, not to exceed three. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor; prior to registration, students must apply for Directed Observation. This course may be taken more than one semester. Coyne

Gives prospective professionals the opportunity to observe Special Education Teachers and/or Rehabilitation Specialists working with the handicapped. Students must be prepared to provide own transportation.

3230. Technology in Education

One credit. Prerequisite: Open to first year students in the teacher preparation program; open only to students in the Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s Teacher Preparation Program. Young

The use of educational technology in the education profession. Emphasis is placed on computer technology, software evaluation and instructional devices.

3235. The Resident Assistant

Three credits. Prerequisite: Instructor consent; open only to Resident Assistants.

Focuses on the development of college students as it relates to college residence hall life and the Resident Assistant position. Topics include leadership, community development, select (human) student development theories, and issues of social justice. Students will develop a working knowledge of human development theory for college students and associated practical applications.

3333. Introduction to Counseling and Psychoeducation

Three credits. O’Neil

Principles of professional counseling including therapeutic processes, roles and skills. How counselors help people solve problems is explored and students’ psychological growth and development is facilitated through psychological education.

3830. Individual Differences in Creativity

Three credits. Prerequisite: EPSY 2810.

Overview of how individual differences in a variety of psychological, educational, and demographic factors impact creativity. How these factors are measured and how they may interrelate.

3850. Creativity in K-12 Schools and Classrooms

Three credits. Prerequisite: EPSY 2810.

Overview of creativity as applied to educational settings. Historical overview of efforts aimed at promoting creativity in K-12 settings, contemporary insights from the creativity studies literature, and factors related to supporting creativity in educational contexts.

3870. Creativity Assessment and Research

Three credits. Prerequisite: EPSY 2810.

An overview of how creativity is measured, from divergent thinking to problem solving to ratings of creative work to self-assessments. Assessments will be used to conduct research or further the student’s understanding of the field of creativity.

4010. Assessment of Learning

Two credits. Prerequisite: Open only to students in the Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s Teacher Preparation Program.

Theory and practices of the assessment of learning.

4110. Advanced Foundations of Disability

Three credits. Prerequisite: open only to students enrolled in Special Education Teacher Preparation Program. Madaus

Provides students with knowledge and understanding of both the unique and common cognitive, academic, physical, cultural, social, and emotional needs and characteristics of individuals with various disabilities.

4115. Directed Student Teaching: Special Education

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open only to Elementary Education and Special Education majors. Application must be made to the Coordinator of Student Teaching for the fall semester prior to March 1; for the spring semester prior to October 1. Bartlett

Practicum experience with students with disabilities.

4120W. Fundamentals of Assessment in Special Education

(Formerly offered as 3120W.) Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open only to students enrolled in the Integrated Bachelors/Master’s program in Comprehensive Special Education. Lombardi

Introduction to assessment in special education focusing on current purposes, policies, and practices in schools.

4870. Capstone in Creativity and Innovation Sciences

Three credits. Prerequisite: EPSY 2810.

Advanced topics in creativity and innovation. Application of topics discussed in earlier courses to students’ primary academic and professional interests.

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