M.Ed. in Ed Psych: Applied Developmental Science
Transform the lives of children and youth at the intersection of science and human development. The Educational Psychology and Applied Developmental Science (EP-ADS) Master's program provides strong faculty mentorship, hands-on learning and a 200-hour, six-credit internship experience.
The EP-ADS Master of Education (M.Ed.) program is housed in the Curry School's Educational Leadership, Foundations and Policy Department (EDLF). Our program is designed specifically for students who are interested in learning how developmental processes influence learning, performance and behavior in educational settings.
Coursework focuses on the development of children, youth and adults in their social contexts, takes a strength based approach to improving the lives of children and youth and relies on rigorous research design to examine questions relevant to practice and policy. We value the varied perspectives that come from students who have worked with children and youth in a variety of countries and programs.
- Advisors provide individual mentoring to students as they refine their interests and career goals; students work closely with their advisors to select courses, select a comprehensive exam topic and choose an internship.
- Internships in our program offer students the opportunity to learn about research and development from leaders and practitioners in the field. Students can conduct research at the Center for Advanced Study for Teaching and Learning (CASTL), the Youth-Nex Center to Promote Effective Youth Development or in other research organizations. They may also apply their knowledge and skills to work in community organizations or school districts.
- The program is rigorous: we will challenge students to think broadly about education so that they will be able to solve real-world problems, and to make a difference in the social contexts of children, youth and/or adults in their future work.
Students spend their days attending small classes, reading about engaging topics, reflecting and writing about contemporary issues in education, discussing research methods with other students and faculty and participating in research studies and programs designed to promote the positive development of children, youth and adults.
Our students work as educators, researchers, practitioners, and consultants, in settings such as schools, research and policy organizations, consultancies, academic research centers, community-based organizations, nonprofit youthserving, or health-related agencies.
Opportunities for Engagement in Research
Students who are interested in pursuing careers in research or academia can elect to join a research lab for the duration of their program. They learn about active research from their secondary advisor and contribute to data collection and analyses. These students often contribute to research products such as conference proposals for the Curry research conference or other regional or national conferences. Highly motivated students with strong writing skills may also contribute to writing empirical papers. Read about a recent paper written by one of our program graduates with the support of her faculty mentor.
Opportunities for Work with Children and Youth
Students who are interested in working in a school or youth program will intern for a local organization such as City Schoolyard Garden or SuperStarters Sports. Our part-time students who are practitioners will reflect on what they learn here as they try new strategies to motivate and engage youth in their classrooms or programs.
Students can choose an Applied Research or an Applied Professional emphasis when they begin graduate study in the Educational Psychology: Applied Developmental Science master’s program at UVA. Each track has different internship and course work expectations.
Learn more about the Educational Psychology and Applied Developmental Science Master's program.
“I've always wanted to be a part of a movement that was greater than myself, and I truly valued the unique opportunity EPADS program gave me to further develop my passion for Social Justice while supporting, encouraging and guiding me through my personal exploration in the field of Educational Psychology.”– Danielle Lewis '17
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What are our recent EP-ADS Master's alumni doing now? Read about how our program graduates are using the skills and knowledge they developed to make a difference in their communities.
January 15 for the first review of applications. Applications will be accepted until May 1 on a space-available basis. Accepted students begin the program in June (Summer semester).
Decisions will be released 8 weeks after the deadline.
Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all required materials are submitted by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be read and may be cancelled if left incomplete. Materials should be tracked using the checklist in the application.
Our program graduates have skills and knowledge that are useful in a variety of settings:
- research organizations or foundations that study complex problems in education
- university research centers
- non-profit or community organizations that work directly with children and youth
- educational settings such as school districts or charter schools
Recent graduates have been employed as research assistants or analysts at research organizations and universities, entrepreneurs, coordinators for community programs such as Computers4Kids, health and fitness coaches, an instructor at West Point, classroom teachers in alternative or charter schools or instructors for students with disabilities.
Obtaining a master's degree in EP-ADS can strengthen your application for doctoral programs by providing you with foundational course work and research experience. Recent graduates have entered doctoral programs in Educational Psychology/Developmental Science, STEM Education, Reading Education and School/Clinical Psychology.
The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php.