Educational Psychology: Applied Developmental Science
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.