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Motivating Learning Environments (Certificate NDP)  
Program Description

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."

Department/Academic Unit(s)

College of Education -

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.

College of Education  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Karen K Sesler
Graduate Program Coordinator
Karen K Sesler
Director of Graduate Studies
Mary M Mccaslin
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Lauren Joiner
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Must be a current University of Arizona graduate student

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Financial Aid
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Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

Contact department to apply.

International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

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.

Minor Requirements
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Last revised 13 Jun 2014