|Overview:||The M.S. 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: |
for a total of at least 39 hours of credit. Students may specialize in Instructional Design and Development, Educational Measurement and Statistics, or Research and Evaluation. Masters students should also make themselves aware of the department enrollment and progress policy.
|A high level of writing proficiency is required throughout the Masters program. A technical writing course or demonstrated competence is required as a prerequisite. One of the following courses is recommended:|
Prerequisite classes may be taken before or after admission to the M.S. program. However, if the classes are taken after admission to the program, they should be completed during the first year.
|The IP&T department holds a seminar each week during the Fall & Winter Semesters on Wednesday at 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm. All students and faculty in the Department are expected to attend this seminar. Students may receive 0.5 hrs. 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.|
|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. Masters 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. Consult the Internship Guide for information about how to find and register for an internship.
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, all students must take the following core courses*:
*Substitutions may be made for any of the courses listed above upon written justification and approval of the advisory committee.
There are three fields of specialization for M.S. students: Instructional Design and Development, Educational Measurement and Statistics, 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.
It is also recommended that students in all specializations consider taking IP&T 620 Principles of Learning.
A. Instructional Psychology and Technology Courses1. Design & Development Courses
(100 and 200 level courses may not apply towards the Masters Degree.) Recommended courses include, but are not limited to the following:1. Psychology
|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.|
|Four or more students with interest in a special, narrow topic of Instructional Psychology and Technology 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.|
A minimum of 6 hours of thesis credit, IP&T 699R, or project credit, IP&T 698R, is required for graduation. Students are required to complete their work on 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 student's ability to synthesize and practically apply information obtained from their courses, interships, and other experiences.
Once a student has decided on a thesis/project topic, the next step is to secure an IP&T faculty member as committee chair. The next step is to organize an advisory committee, the student must prepare a 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 online or from the department secretary.
To encourage, facilitate and monitor student progress in the program, the faculty has approved the following policies.
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