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Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology & Special Education

Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology

Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in Educational Psychology provides educators and non-educators with knowledge and perspectives on learning and development. By understanding the psychological processes that underlie learning, as well as the practices that support these processes, the developmental mechanisms that lead to individual differences, and the impact of motivation, students will gain deeper insight into the needs of developing learners.

Note that this certificate is for people who are not in the EPET Ph.D. program, and it is not required for admittance to that program.


To be considered for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Educational Psychology an applicant must:

  • have completed a bachelor’s degree.
  • submit the university application form and fee.
  • request official transcripts from all previous institutions of higher education.
  • provide results of a test of English language proficiency if English is not the first language.
  • complete the Intent to Enroll form on the program Web site (external applicants and MSU admitted graduate program students).

Applications are reviewed by faculty who look for indications of a high probability of success.

Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Educational Psychology

Students must complete the following courses (9 credits):

CEP 800 Psychology of Learning in School and Other Settings 3
CEP 801 Psychological Development: Learner Differences and Commonalities 3
CEP 802 Developing Positive Attitudes toward Learning 3