Masters Program Requirements

Introduction

The MS program in Instructional Psychology and Technology prepares students to assume professional positions in instructional design and evaluation or to pursue a doctorate in these fields. All M.S. students will be required to complete at least 6 credit hours each fall and winter semester to remain enrolled in the program.

 

The program requires 3 hours of Prerequisite credit, 19 hours of Core credit, 1 hour of Seminar credit, a minimum of 3 hours of Internship credit, 6 hours of Master's Thesis or 6 hours of Master's Project credit, and 7 hours of Specialization credit as approved by the student's advisory committee for a total of 36 hours. Students may specialize in Instructional Design and Production, Multimedia in Education, or Research and Evaluation.

 
    1. Entrance requirements:
      Submit a complete application, official transcripts, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores--verbal, quantitative, analytical; three letters of recommendation; and a letter of intent. See the Graduate Studies Catalog for university minimum GPA and TOEFL requirements. Note: The GRE must be taken two months in advance in order for the scores to reach the University by the admission deadlines.

 
    1. Entry Times
      Fall Semester and Summer Term.

 
    1. Application Deadlines:
      The application for admission deadline is January 2nd for both U.S. and international students.

 

Prerequisite Requirements

All students are required to take 3 semester hours of prerequisite courses. The following courses are recommended:

 
No.Course TitleCredit Hrs.
IP&T 510Scholarly Writing and Argumentation3
 

Prerequisite may be taken before or after admission to the M.S. program. However, if the class is taken after admission to the program, it should be completed during the first year.

 

Department Seminars

The Department holds a seminar each week during the Fall & Winter Semesters on Wednesday from 12 – 1 p.m. All students and faculty in the Department are expected to attend this seminar. Students may receive 0.5 hours of credit for participating in 80% of the seminar sessions during a given semester by enrolling in IP&T 690R. One hour of seminar credit (two semesters) is required for M.S. students.

 

Internships

The internship is a practicum under the supervision of a faculty member. The student performs work on a professional level for a client who may or may not be within the university community. The internship may or may not involve remuneration.

 

Each student may register for 1 to 3 hours of IP&T 599R credit during any given semester. Master’s students must complete a minimum of 3 credit hours of internship to graduate. Students should plan on working at least three hours per week for every hour of credit. Students may not register for more than 3 credit hours of internship per semester; although they may work more than 10 hours per week on an internship. A document describing the internship requirements in more detail is available from the Department Secretary.

 

Core Requirements

All M.S. students, regardless of area of specialization should receive broad training in Instructional Psychology and Technology. Breadth of training allows students to approach problems from several perspectives and increases their overall employability. In order to obtain this broad preparation it is strongly recommended that all students take the following core courses:

 
No.Course TitleCredit Hrs.
IP&T 520Foundations of Instructional Technology3
IP&T 564Instructional Design3
IP&T 629Introduction to Research3
IP&T 652Assessing Learning Outcomes4
IP&T 661Intro. to Evaluation in Education3
IP&T 651

IP&T 560
Statistics I: Foundations

Instructional Product Development
3

or

3
 

Substitutions may be made for any of the courses listed above upon written justification and approval of the advisory committee.

 

Specialization Credit

There are three fields of specialization for M.S. students: Instructional Design and Production, Multimedia in Education, and Research and Evaluation. Every student is required to take a minimum of 7 hours of graduate credit in an area of specialization. Specialization courses may be selected from the following lists of IP&T courses, courses from other departments, approved Minor courses, etc. These courses should be selected in accordance with the guidelines given (p. 4) for each specialization and must be approved by the students' advisory committee no later than the end of the second semester after admittance to the program.

 

Specialization Courses:

A. Instructional Psychology & Technology Courses

 
    1. Development and Production Courses


      IP&T 655       Digital Interface Design


      IP&T 664       Advanced Instructional Design


      IP&T 665       Instructional Visual/Video


      IP&T 682       Project & Instruct. Resource Management


      IP&T 760       Advanced E-Learning Programming

 
    1. Research Courses


      IP&T 638       Research in Blended and Online Learning Environments


      IP&T 653       Qualitative Research 1


      IP&T 753R     Qualitative Research 2


      IP&T 750       Literature Synthesis and Review

 
    1. Evaluation and Measurement


      IP&T 730       Hierarchical Linear Modeling


      IP&T 747       Structural Equation Modeling


      IP&T 752       Measurement Theory


      IP&T 761       Advanced Evaluation in Education


      IP&T 789       Meta Analysis

 
    1. Other


      IP&T 657R, 667R,       Projects
           677R, or 687R


      IP&T 599R       Internships


      IP&T 693R       Directed Individual Study

 

B. Other Departments (Undergraduate courses may apply toward prerequisite requirements, but they may not apply towards specialization credit.) Recommended courses include, but are not limited to the following:

 
  1. Psychology


    Psych 520       Advanced Developmental Psychology


    Psych 531       Organizational Psychology


    Psych 550       Theory & Research in Social Psychology


    Psych 560       Learning Theory


    Psych 565       Motivational Psychology


    Psych 575       Cognitive Processes

  2. Statistics


    Stat 511         Statistical Methods for Research 1


    Stat 512         Statistical Methods for Research 2


    Stat 536         Modern Regression Methods


    Stat 666         Multivariate Statistical Methods


    Psych 501       Data Analysis in Psychological Research 1


    Psych 502       Data Analysis in Psychological Research 2

 

Students specializing in Instructional Design and Production may select courses from any of the options described before. However, it is recommended that students emphasize IP&T courses in Development and Production. It is also highly recommended that students consider taking IP&T 620 - Principles of Learning.

 

Students specializing in Multimedia in Education should select courses in Development and Production with an emphasis in Computer Production courses. Internships and the Master's Thesis should involve issues related to multimedia in education. . It is also highly recommended that students consider taking IP&T 620 - Principles of Learning.

 

Students specializing in Research and Evaluation should select specialization coursework from IP&T courses in Research, Evaluation, and Measurement.

 

Declared Minor

Students are free to take relevant coursework in any other department on campus as approved by their advisory committee. If a student wishes to declare a minor in another discipline, that student should contact the department concerned for information on requirements for a minor.

 

Special Seminars

Four or more students with interest in a special, narrow topic of Instructional Science may request that a faculty member sponsor a seminar in that special area. These seminars are associated with assigned IP&T credit. This credit may be used toward the fulfillment of the specialization requirement.

 

Master's Thesis/Project and Final Oral Examination

A minimum of 6 hours of thesis (IP&T 699R) credit or project (IP&T 698R) credit is required for graduation. M.S. students are required to complete their work with a Master's Thesis/Project and to give an oral defense of their thesis/project in a Final Oral Examination. Questions related to the Thesis/Project will test the students' ability to synthesize and practically apply information obtained from their courses, internships, and other experiences.

 

Once a student has decided on a thesis/project topic and identified a chairman and advisory committee, the student must prepare a thesis/project prospectus. The prospectus must be approved by the student's advisory committee and the department chair before the study may be conducted.

 

After the written thesis/project has been approved by the student's advisory committee in a preliminary oral exam, the student should make arrangements through the department secretary (a minimum of two weeks in advance) for the final Oral Examination.

 

A document describing the thesis/project requirements in more detail may be obtained from the department secretary.

 

Department Enrollment and Progress Policies

To encourage, facilitate and monitor student progress in the program, the faculty have approved the following policies:

 

According to the Office of Graduate Studies, students should submit a program of study by the third week of their second semester or term. A study list must be submitted before students will be allowed to register for the third semester or term.

 

Students may not register for internship, project or thesis credit without approval from their committee chair or sponsor.

 

All M.S. students will be required to complete at least 6 credit hours each fall and winter semester to remain enrolled in the program.

 

Once students are dropped from the program, they will have to apply to be considered for readmission in February and compete with new students for admission.

 

Readmission for students who have not completed any course work, projects, etc., for two years will be unlikely.

 

The five-year time limit for completing the master’s degree is strictly enforced.

 
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