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M.S.Ed. Child Psychology Courses

The faculty of the School of Education take pride in the curriculum they teach. Whether just beginning in the field of education as an undergraduate student or pursuing a graduate or doctoral degree, the coursework will prepare students to confidently and effectively make a difference in classrooms, school districts, and communities.

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
GREV 510

Statistics I

This course is an introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics addressed include: basic statistical and research concepts, graphical displays of data, measures of central tendency and variability, standardized scores, normal distribution, probability, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, sampling distributions, correlation, simple linear regression, t-tests, one-factor analysis of variance, and chi-square test. The SPSS for Windows computer software package will be used.

GPSY 662

Learning Disabilities

Students will learn to understand the history of diagnosis and programming for learning disabilities, and appreciate and apply the general assessment procedures for identifying learning disabilities.

GSPE 653

Autism Spectrum Disorders

This course provides a global perspective of Autism Spectrum Disorders and focuses on facilitating an understanding of the Autism Spectrum Disorders. This includes: the history, philosophical underpinnings of supporting students with ASD, current definition, assessments, and diagnostic criteria as well as the wide range of interventions and current strategies of support. The course provides guidance for identifying and matching specific support strategies to the individual with ASD’s challenges including specifically: language and communication; social understanding and social skills; special interests; sensory integration and movement issues; visual supports and cognitive functioning; and behavioral assessment and intervention/support planning. This course requires 5 hours of field related work.

GCNE 549

Multicultural Issues and Strategies in Counseling

This course is designed to increase learner awareness, knowledge and skill around the complexity of multicultural issues in professional counseling. The course intends to foster personal and professional growth, and knowledge of a variety of cultural contexts. The course will combine lecture, in class activities and discussion, out of class reading and assignments, film and learner presentation. Learners will be expected to examine their own cultural influences and biases within a safe and cooperative learning environment.

GPSY 694

Topics in Abnormal Child Behavior

Intensive study of causes and types of deviant behavior in children; emphasis on early recognition and possible remediation of major behavioral disorders of school-age children. Designed to meet the needs of School Psychology majors; others may enroll with permission of a member of the School Psychology staff.

GPSY 511

Psychology of Learning

Several theoretical mechanisms of learning and cognitive processing are examined. The goal of the course is to establish the practical utility of operant conditioning theory, social learning theory, and information processing theory.

GPSY 827

Classroom Discipline and Behavior Management

Handling discipline problems is one of the biggest fears facing teachers. This course will introduce you to a variety of models for managing misbehavior in the classroom. Learn practical strategies for positive classroom management and control.

GREV 500

Statistics in Behavioral Research

Skills necessary for critical analysis of quantitative research in the behavioral sciences are emphasized. The major goal is to understand and interpret the statistical analyses used to describe distributions and test hypothesis that are commonly used in empirical studies employing quantitative data.

GPSY 512

Psychological Testing

Introduction to basic principles of test theory, construction and measurement. Topics include reliability, validity, item analysis as well as other test construction considerations. Test interpretation focuses on standardized test scores and factor analysis. Survey of general ability tests, achievement tests, personality tests and interest inventories.

GPSY 619

Child and Adolescent Development

This course explores child development from conception through adolescence, surveying growth, adaptations, and developmental patterns in infancy, childhood, and adolescence with implications for academic, emotional, and social learning.