Educational Psychology and Research, M.Ed.

Program Description

The M.Ed. in Educational Research requires the completion of 36 graduate hours. The coursework is designed to provide students with a set of research skills applicable to a variety of areas within education. Specifically, these skills include the critical reading of research, the use of statistical techniques, and the construction, selection, and interpretation of cognitive tests. Course work in this degree includes core requirements that are part of the Ph.D. degree in educational research. Students with a baccalaureate degree who are interested in pursuing doctoral work in educational research are encouraged to enroll in the M.Ed. in Educational Research.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to produce research (e.g., journal articles, evaluation reports) that is relevant to and advances the knowledge base in their field of study.
  2. Students will be able to use skills in a wide variety of entry level positions in educational administration.
  3. Students will be able to apply educational research and educational psychology systems to address problems of practice.

Specialized Competencies

  • Students will demonstrate a general knowledge of Research Principles and Design Issues in Educational Research.
  • Students will demonstrate a general knowledge of Measurement and Assessment Issues in Theory and in Practice.
  • Students will demonstrate general knowledge of Statistical Procedures and the Interpretation of Results of Various Designs.
  • Students will demonstrate an expertise in the Development and Presentation of Research that Includes Purpose, Methods, Results, and Conclusions
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of Ethics, Fairness, and Professionalism as Related to the Field of Educational Research.


Requirements and deadlines for admission to this degree program are described on the Application Requirements by program list on the USC Graduate School’s website.

Degree Requirements (36 Hours)

EDPY/EDRM Foundation Courses (15 Hours)

Course Title Credits
EDPY 704The Field of Educational Psychology3
EDRM 700Introduction to Research in Education3
EDRM 710Educational Statistics I3
or EDRM 705 Applied Educational Statistics I
EDRM 711Educational Statistics II3
or EDRM 706 Applied Educational Statistics II
EDRM 720Educational Measurement3
or EDRM 721 Constructing Cognitive Instruments
Total Credit Hours15

Educational Psychology Courses (9 Hours)

Course Title Credits
Select three of the following:9
Human Growth and Development
Growth and Development: Childhood
Growth and Development: Middle Childhood and Adolescence
Basic Processes: Cognition
Learning and Instruction (or an EDET course focused on Learning and Instruction as approved by advisor)
Motivation and School Learning
Total Credit Hours9

Research and Measurement Courses (6 Hours)

Course Title Credits
Select two of the following:6
Qualitative Inquiry
Mixed Methods Research
Research and the Statistical Packages
Design and Analysis of Educational Surveys
Classroom Assessment Methods
Program Evaluation
Total Credit Hours6

EDPY/EDRM Elective Courses (6 Hours)

Elective course is selected with assistance from the student’s advisor.

Comprehensive Assessment

Successful completion of a masters comprehensive assessment.