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  • Educational Psychology Graduate Degrees

    Educational Psychology: Learning and Cognition

    USNWR Best Online Programs badgeRanked as one of the top 20 Educational Psychology graduate programs in the country, Florida State’s Learning and Cognition program is designed for students and professionals interested in the application of cognition, learning, and developmental theories. Our students come from many backgrounds to apply Learning and Cognition in research, classroom, government, or organizational settings. You will find that our program is highly individualized, providing the flexibility to select the training that meets their needs. Our program provides an excellent grounding in research and our students have close working relationships with faculty who are nationally and internationally known for their research expertise. We offer degrees in this program at the master’s (online and on-campus) and doctoral levels. Read more about the research and teaching interests of the four Learning & Cognition faculty members by clicking on their names below:

    • Dr. Susan Losh – science literacy and pre-service teacher beliefs
    • Dr. Beth Phillips – early childhood education and the intersection of self-regulatory and literacy development
    • Dr. Alysia Roehrig – teacher professional development and fostering students’ literacy development
    • Dr. Jeannine Turner – student and teacher motivation for learning and the study of emotion in educational contexts

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    In order to meet minimum program admission requirements, an applicant must have:

    • For application to the master’s degree program: A bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA – An earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution, with a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor’s degree.
    • For application to the doctoral degree program: A graduate degree with at least a 3.3 GPA – Applicants for PhD programs must have an earned graduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution, with a minimum 3.3 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA).
    • GRE test scores – Official test results are required from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The Educational Testing Service (ETS) does not retain scores longer than five years. If your test scores are older than five years, you may have to retake the test to have official scores sent directly to FSU from the testing agency. If you have the official report that was mailed to your home address for older scores, then FSU will accept that report. FSU Institution Code: 5219.

    Target Scores:
    Verbal – 50th percentile (with preference given to those at 75th percentile or above)
    Quantitative – 20th percentile (with preference given to those at 35th percentile or above)
    Analytical – 3.5

    • Language proficiency test scores International applicants whose first language is not English, and who have not studied in an English-speaking country for at least an academic year, must submit language proficiency test scores.

    Target Scores:
    TOEFL (paper-based) – 575
    TOEFL (internet-based) – 90
    IELTS – 6.5
    MELAB – 80

    • Transcripts Applicants must submit an official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college and/or university attended to the Office of Admissions:

    Florida State University
    Office of Admissions
    282 Champions Way
    P.O. Box 3062400
    Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

    For this program, the following supporting documents must be uploaded to the Admissions Application Portal:

    • Personal Statement (1 required) The personal statement should describe you purpose for pursuing a degree, qualifications, and long-term career goals and should be no more than 3 pages in length.
    • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
      • Letters of recommendation should be written by persons who are in a position to comment on the likelihood of your success within the department.
      • Learning and Cognition program applicants are encouraged to submit at least 2 letters written by faculty
      • International students may, if they wish, substitute Confidential Report forms for letters of recommendation.
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae (1 required)
    • Writing Sample
    • Unofficial Transcripts Include transcripts from all colleges attended. Uploading a copy will expedite the review process, though you must still send official copies to the Office of Admissions.

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    Priority Application Submission Deadlines

    • Summer and Fall admission: February 15
    • Spring admission: October 1

    We strongly recommend that PhD applicants complete their applications early (by Dec 15) to be considered for fellowships beginning in the following Fall semester.

    Final Application Submission Deadlines

    • Summer admission: March 1
    • Fall admission: July 1
    • Spring admission: November 1

    These are the final University deadlines by which all application materials must be received for applications to be reviewed.

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    An important focus of our educational psychology program is on developing the reflective researcher and practitioner- someone who critically assesses their own practices by acquiring the knowledge of how to study learning and behavior systematically.

    The master’s degree is designed for students and professionals interested in learning, cognition, development and group processes in a variety of contexts, such as the classroom at any level, government, private enterprise, nonprofits, and other organizational settings. For example, you may be a teacher, a supervisor concerned with adult learning processes to develop employees who are prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century workplace, or a professional who develops training seminars.

    Students who complete their doctorates in our program become university faculty or independent researchers in government or private industry settings.

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