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Educational Psychology-Applied Developmental Science

The Educational Psychology-Applied Developmental Science (EP-ADS) program focuses on improving the social and cognitive lives of children and adolescents.  EP-ADS students learn theory and engage in hands-on research experiences that examine how school and out-of-school settings influence learning and development.  Students engage in developing and evaluating interventions designed to support children and youth.  Coursework targets educational and applied developmental psychology as well as research design, methods and statistics.  EP-ADS faculty and students work together as close-knit teams, fostering a productive, engaging, and exciting learning environment.

Educational Psychology-Applied Developmental Science:

  • Is an interdisciplinary program.  Students understand the challenges facing children and youth that draws frameworks from education, psychology, education policy, and other areas in their work.
  • Provides rigorous research training.  Students are well-taught and mentored to develop expertise on designs and advanced data analytic procedures.
  • Takes a strengths-based approach.  Students understand the complex challenges that children and youth face in their homes, schools, after-school programs, and communities.
  • Is applied research that impacts education settings.  Many of the important research questions emanate from challenges that teachers, school administrators, communities and policy-makers face on a day-to-day basis.

See more about this program in our informational flyer

Student Spotlight

Holland Banse
M.Ed. Alumni, & Ph.D. Student
Educational Psychology-Applied Developmental Science

This is an applied program, and that means that we are not just doing research for the sake of doing research, we are looking for the best ways to apply that knowledge in classrooms.

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Student Spotlight

Jeff Kosovich
Ph.D. Student
Educational Psychology-Applied Developmental Science

The strong community is by far Curry's biggest strength. There is a lot for help and guidance and support available if you need it. They're also well connected with important people in the field

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Jordan Buckrop
Educational Psychology-Applied Developmental Science

[There is] a combination of learning more about children’s development in relation to learning and how practitioners can engage in meaningful and applicable research about educational practices

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.

Shannon Varga, Ph.D. Candidate, Educational Psychology-Applied Developmental Science

EP-ADS was the only program in which the advisor personally reached out to me to offer an open line of communication. With both the inviting conversations with students and faculty as well as the impressive organization of the program itself, it became clear to me that EP-ADS was a unique program unlike any other I was considering.

Melissa Stalega, M.Ed. Candidate, Educational Psychology-Applied Developmental Science

I chose Educational Psychology-Applied Developmental Science because of the structure of the program, which allowed me to incorporate my own interests in physical activity, nutrition, and overall wellness and see how these factors are related to development across the life span. I fell in love with the Curry School and all it has to offer including a faculty that is so eager to help motivate and guide you to reach your goals, as well as provide research opportunities to enhance the learning experience. Charlottesville truly is the happiest place on earth!

Kaitlyn Washburn, M.Ed. Candidate, Educational Psychology-Applied Developmental Science

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Affiliated Research and Programs

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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