Program Options for EP-ADS Master's Program


Students can choose an Applied Research or an Applied Professional track when they begin graduate study in the Educational Psychology: Applied Developmental Science master’s program at UVA. Each track is described below. Many students are unsure about their career goals and may not yet know which track would be the best fit for them. These students can start out on a general track, choose a variety of courses as they begin the program, and then meet with their advisor to decide which track to follow as they complete their degree. 

Applied Research Track

Students in this track express a desire to contribute to conducting research and advancing knowledge in the field of applied developmental science in their career. They are interested in participating in systematic data collection and study that contributes to describing, explaining and/or optimizing developmental trajectories.

Job options for students who graduate from this track include work as research analysts (at organizations such as the American Institute of Research or Child Trends), research assistants at universities or data analysts for school systems. Students who plan to apply to doctoral programs that emphasize research should also select this track.

Course requirements for this track include:

6 credits in Educational Psychology

  • EDLF 7150 Educational Psychology
  • EDLF 7290 Seminar in Educational Psychology

9 credits in Developmental Science

Required:

  • EDLF 5020 Intro to Applied Developmental Science

Select at least one of the following two courses:

  • EDLF 5470 Motivation in Achievement Contexts
  • EDLF 5260 Cognitive Psychology and Education

Select at least one additional development course from the following options:

  • ELDF 5010 Child Learning and Development
  • EDLF 5011 Adolescent Learning and Development
  • EDLF 5160 Lifespan Development
  • EDLF 5260 Cognitive Psychology and Education
  • EDLF 5270 Adult Development and Aging
  • EDLF 5470 Motivation in Achievement Contexts
  • EDLF 5700 Race, Ethnicity and Diversity in Youth Development
  • EDLF 5711 Globalization, Childhood and Culture
  • EDLF 7200 Advanced Child Development (for those with previous experience with child development and research; instructor permission required; offered even years)
  • EDLF 7210 Advanced Adolescent Development (for those with previous experience with adolescent development and research; instructor permission required; offered odd years)

9 credits in Research Methods

Select one of the following two courses:

  • EDLF 7404 Qualitative Methods
  • EDLF 7180 Tests and Measurements

Select at least two more research methods courses from the following options:

  • EDLF 5310 Data Management for Social Sciences Research
  • EDLF 5500 Field Experiments
  • EDLF 5330 Quantitative Methods I
  • EDLF 7420 Quantitative Methods II: General Linear Models
  • EDLF 8310 Generalized Linear Models

Research Internship (6 credits)

Students will spend the year gaining hands-on research experience under the supervision of a research mentor. They will complete a 6 credit internship in research (3 credits in fall and 3 in the spring). Students in this track will be encouraged to submit a research proposal to the Curry Research Conference. Students may also have opportunities to contribute to work that leads to proposals at regional, national or international conference (e.g. SRCD, AERA, etc.)

Electives (3 credits) Select courses that align with your interests and career goals.

Applied Professional Track

Students in this track want to deepen their knowledge and skills and reflect on their own practices when working with children and youth. Knowledge and skills gained in the program will be applied to optimizing positive development for individuals and groups across cognitive, social-emotional, and physical domains. Students may select an area of concentration in their electives that allows them to focus on a specific population (e.g. students with disabilities or English language learners) or developmental range (e.g. early childhood or adolescents) of students.

Job options for students who graduate from this track may include: leaders of youth programs (e.g. academic, mentoring and/or recreational programs), educators (licensed teachers may return to/ remain in their classroom; others may choose to work in alternative schools such as Montessori or charter school settings), or entrepreneurs who develop new programs designed to foster healthy development.

Course requirements for this track include:

6 credits in Educational Psychology

  • EDLF 7150 Educational Psychology
  • EDLF 7290 Seminar in Educational Psychology (1 credit each semester)

9 credits in Developmental Science

Required:

  • ELDF 5020 Intro to Applied Developmental Science

Select at least one of the following two courses:

  • EDLF 5470 Motivation in Achievement Contexts
  • EDLF 5260 Cognitive Psychology and Education

Select at least one additional development course from the following options:

  • ELDF 5010 Child Learning and Development
  • EDLF 5011 Adolescent Learning and Development
  • EDLF 5160 Lifespan Development
  • EDLF 5260 Cognitive Psychology and Education
  • EDLF 5270 Adult Development and Aging
  • EDLF 5470 Motivation in Achievement Contexts
  • EDLF 5700 Race, Ethnicity and Diversity in Youth Development
  • EDLF 5711 Globalization, Childhood and Culture
  • EDLF 7200 Advanced Child Development (for those with previous experience with child development and research; instructor permission required; offered even years)
  • EDLF 7210 Advanced Adolescent Development (for those with previous experience with adolescent development and research; instructor permission required; offered odd years)

6 credits in Research Methods

Select one of these two courses:

  • EDLF 7404 Qualitative Methods
  • EDLF 7180 Tests and Measurements

Select at least one of the following courses:

  • EDLF 5330 Statistics I
  • EDLF 7420 Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis
  • EDLF 8310 Correlation and Regression Analysis
  • EDLF 7402 Introduction to Program Evaluation
  • EDLF 7403 Survey Design & Instrument Construction
  • EDLF 7404 Qualitative Methods
  • EDLF 7180 Tests and Measurements
  • EDLF 7330 Single Subject Research

Internship (6 credits)

Students will participate in an internship over the course of 2 semesters (fall and spring) in a local organization. They will work under the direction of a supervisor who leads a program or non-profit organization for children or youth. Examples for internships include local organizations such as: City Schoolyard Garden, Ready KIDS, Boys and Girls Club, or the Young Women Leaders Program.

Electives (6 credits) Select courses that align with your interests and career goals.

Elective Suggestions for Students in Both Tracks

General Electives

  • EDLF 5470 Motivation in Achievement Contexts
  • EDIS 5080 Differentiating Instruction
  • EDIS 6800 Creativity and Problem Solving

International Perspectives on Education

  • EDLF 5711 Globalization, Childhood and Culture
  • EDLF 7605 Anthropology of Education
  • EDLF 7606 Comparative Education

Development Electives

  • EDHS 5040 Motor Development
  • EDHS 7245 Development and Psychopathology
  • PSYCH 8650 Social and Personality Development

Educational Policy

  • EDLF 5500 U.S. Education Policy
  • EDLF 6080 Education Policy

Health Promotion

  • EDHS 5500 Topics in Health Promotion
  • EDHS 5600 Contemporary Health Issues
  • EDHS 5630 Nutrition
  • EDHS 7431 Exercise Principles for Health, Fitness, and Chronic Diseases
  • EDLF 5490 Interventions in Physical Activity
  • EDLF 5700 Physical Activity and Public Health

Literacy and Language Development

  • EDIS 5210 Introduction to Language Development
  • EDIS 5221 Reading Development
  • EDIS 5222 Reading Development for Special Populations
  • EDIS 7700 Foundations: Reading Instruction
  • EDIS 7751 Literacy Leadership & Coaching

Cognitive Development

  • EDLF 5500 Cognitive Psychology of Education
  • EDHS 7040 Cognitive Linguistic Development
  • PSYC 7300 Advanced Cognition
  • PSYC 5260 Psychobiology and Memory

Students with Disabilities

  • EDIS 5000 The Exceptional Learner
  • EDIS 5222 Reading Development for Special Populations
  • EDIS 5500 Survey of Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • EDIS 5700 Positive Behavior Support
  • EDHS 7140 Autism and Related Disorders
  • EDIS 5740 Diagnosis and Remediation II: Grades 3 – 12
  • EDIS 5141 IEP and Transition Planning
  • EDIS 5040 Psychoeducational Assessment

Search EDLF, other Curry departments and other graduate programs at UVA for other options; most courses are not offered every semester.