This certificate offers a chance to enhance students' learning by knowledge of how to develop motivating learning environments. Many teachers and administrators have rich understandings of teaching strategy and content, but have had little opportunity to explore theoretical or conceptual knowledge of how students learn. In this certificate program, students have the opportunity to study rich concepts and theories that have been developed in the fields of motivation, instruction, and learning. Further, students will have the opportunity to study important issues in educational policy. These opportunities will explore past and modern conceptions of school reform.
Better understanding of how (and why) students learn in classrooms can lead to more focused and more effective instruction. Further, better understanding of student motivation in the social classroom environment can allow for the better design of classroom learning environments and help to determine when different instructional choices (individual, tutorial, small group or whole class) might be most useful. Studying educational policy and reform can help students to understand the issues of reform in terms of research and evidence rather than in terms of advocacy and "crises."
The University of Arizona College of Education offers rigorous academic programs with many nationally and internationally recognized faculty who conduct cutting-edge research, forge bold initiatives, and build community-based partnerships.
Must be a current University of Arizona graduate student
Contact department to apply.
Managing Department: Department of Educational Psychology
Point of Contact:
Name: Toni Sollars, Graduate Coordinator EDP
Address: Education 602, PO Box 210069
Phone: 621-7828, FAX 621-2909
Minimum number of units allowed: 12 units
Transfer units allowed: None UA NDS allowed: 6 units
Students who may use the Change of Program form: EDS, MA or PhD Educational Psychology (EDP)
How many units may transfer to a degree program? 12 at the discretion of the advisor
Required Courses: Number of units 12 (four of the following five courses)
EDP 502, (3), Motivation and Development in Classroom Learning
EDP 505, (3), Seminal Readings in Education and Educational Psychology
EDP 510, (3), Learning Theory in Education
EDP 514, (3), Psychology of Instruction
EDP 605, (3), Psychology Theory in Educational Practice
Are substitutions allowed for coursework? Yes
Notes: Up to 25% (3 units) of the required coursework may be substituted at the discretion of the advisor without special approval from Dean Horgan.