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"I became interested in the Educational Psychology - Applied Developmental Science program because the work that was being conducted by my mentor was in concert with my research interests and because of the interdisciplinary curriculum it offers its students. I realized it was the right program for me when I visited UVA during an internship and found that the people of Curry created a group dynamic that was unlike any other graduate program I visited; it was a community that was driven, structured, and supportive. I knew it was definitely an environment that I wanted to be in."
“I chose Educational Psychology - Applied Developmental Science because I fell in love with the program’s focus on development, the flexibility to incorporate my interest in Asian American identity and motivation in education, as well as the incredible professors that comprise this knock out team. In addition, the Curry School offers wonderful and frequent opportunities and resources to get involved with research, the faculty, and local community. Lastly? It doesn’t hurt that Charlottesville has an abundance of character and charm to boot.”
"I was drawn to the M. Ed. Educational Psychology - Applied Developmental Science program by the approachable faculty that are eager to share their interests and research with you, as well as help you achieve your goals. In addition, the program offers many engaging opportunities to get involved in the community and apply what you learn in the classroom."
The Educational Psychology and Applied Developmental Science (EP-ADS) program focuses on the social and cognitive lives of children and adolescents, the contribution of school and out-of-school settings on learning and development, and the development and evaluation of interventions designed to alter and improve developmental pathways. Course work provides content in educational and applied developmental psychology as well as research design, methods and statistics. Faculty members in the EP-ADS program facilitate a learning community among students to foster productive and engaging learning.
Limited English proficiency, poverty, inadequate access to social supports and health care, and the presence of developmental or acquired disabilities pose significant challenge to children and youth and prevent their success in school and life. The EP-ADS program takes a strengths-based approach to understanding such complex challenges to society. Research conducted in EP-ADS examines the ways in which school settings, after-school programs, and families hold the potential to promote resilience and reduce school failure.
Masters and doctoral students in the Educational Psychology - Applied Developmental Science program learn about schools, classrooms and other social settings as contexts critical to child and adolescent development. Research opportunities are available in relation to teacher professional development and teacher effects, preschool classroom quality, English Language Learners in early childhood, social and emotional learning interventions, youths’ perception of stigma, early childhood classroom quality, peer-mentoring programs, and positive youth development programs.
The Curry School of Education has several key, educationally-relevant research opportunities available.
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