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GRADUATE STUDENTS

M.Ed. in Gifted, Creative, and Talented Studies

Ordinarily, students in Educational Psychology and Research enroll in the M.S. program that includes a thesis option. There is, however, a non-thesis Master’s program designed for students committed to classroom teaching and other professional positions. The non-thesis Master’s program is considered a terminal degree. Students who wish to pursue a combined Master’s/Ph.D. program should enroll in the thesis Master’s program. General program descriptions for both M.S. options are illustrated below.

This program has rolling admission. Incomplete applications are not reviewed.

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Students can choose the thesis or non-thesis option for their degree. Students intending to pursue a Ph.D. should select the thesis option. Both programs require at least 15 graduate-level credit hours in education at Purdue University. Graduate students in Educational Psychology or Gifted Education cannot include on their plan of study courses in which they earned a grade lower than a “B”.

Plan of Study: Thesis Option

The thesis option normally requires a minimum of 24 credit hours of graduate courses, plus 6 credit hours of graduate thesis work. This includes departmental foundations (3 hours), primary area core requirements (13 hours), a specialization (9 hours), a related area (6 hours), and 6-12 hours of thesis credit. Areas of specialization and related areas are planned cooperatively by the student, the advisor, and the advisory committee.

I. Departmental Foundation Requirement

EDPS 53300 – Introduction to Educational Research I: Methodology (3)

II. Primary Area Core Requirements

EDPS 53000 or one of the following three courses in educational psychology (3):

  • EDPS 53600 – Achievement, Motivation, and Performance
  • EDPS 53700 – Prose Learning and Retention
  • EDPS 53800 – School Learning and Instruction

One of the following two courses in measurement (3):

  • EDPS 50500 – Career Theory and Information
  • EDPS 53100 – Introduction to Measurement and Evaluation

Four credits of enrollment in one or more of the following variable credit seminars (4):

  • EDPS 63100 – Applied Educational Research Design Seminar
  • EDPS 63200 – Seminar in Research Procedures in Education
  • EDPS 63300 – Seminar in Educational Psychology

One of the following two statistics courses (3):

  • PSY 60000 – Statistical Inference
  • STAT 50100 – Experimental Statistics I

III. Primary Area Specialization

Three (3) Gifted, Creative, and Talented courses(9)

  • EDPS 54000 – Gifted, Creative, and Talented Children
  • EDPS 54200 – Curriculum and Program Development in Gifted Education
  • EDPS 54500 – Social and Affective Development of Gifted Children

IV. Related Area

Two electives by advisement from an area of study outside of educational psychology (6)

V. Thesis Credits

Multiple enrollments in EDPS 69800 (Research MS Thesis) are expected while working on the thesis. Typically, students take 6-12 hours of EDPS 69800 credit for a masters degree. (6+)

Total Credits: 37+

Plan of Study: Non-Thesis Option

The non-thesis option requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate courses, typically 33 or more hours in most programs. This includes departmental foundations (3 hours), primary area core requirements (15 hours), a specialization (9 hours), and a related area (6 hours). Areas of specialization and related areas are planned cooperatively by the student, the advisor, and the advisory committee.

I. Departmental Foundation Requirement

EDPS 53300 – Introduction To Educational Research I: Methodology (3)

II. Primary Area Core Requirements

EDPS 53000 – Advanced Educational Psychology (3)
One of the following two courses in measurement (3):

  • EDPS 53100 – Introduction to Measurement and Evaluation
  • EDPS 53200 – Measuring Educational Achievement

Four credits of enrollment in one or more of the following variable credit seminars (4):

  • EDPS 63100 – Applied Educational Research Design Seminar
  • EDPS 63200 – Seminar in Research Procedures in Education
  • EDPS 63300 – Seminar in Educational Psychology

A graduate-level course in development by advisement (3)
EDPS 59000 – Individual Research Problems (3)

III. Primary Area Specialization

Three (3) Gifted, Creative, and Talented Courses (9)

  • EDPS 54000 – Gifted, Creative, and Talented Children
  • EDPS 54200 – Curriculum and Program Development in Gifted Education
  • EDPS 54500 – Social and Affective Development of Gifted Children

IV. Related Area

Two electives by advisement from an area of study outside of educational psychology (6)
Total Credits: 34

Supplemental Program Information

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Creating an Advisory Committee

All Master’s Degree students select an advisory committee of at least three (3) faculty members in consultation with their major advisor. More than 50% of the committee members must be from the West Lafayette campus.

Completing the Thesis and Establishing an Examining Committee (Thesis Option)

The culmination of a thesis Master’s involves completion of a research project under the guidance of a faculty committee. Generally, this phase of the program takes 1-2 years. The first step in the thesis process is the development of a written research proposal in consultation with the advisor and committee members. The thesis committee must include at least four members, and more than 50% must be from the West Lafayette campus. The thesis proposal consists of a critical review of the literature providing a theoretical rationale for the study, research questions/hypotheses, and proposed methodology for investigating those questions/hypotheses. The student submits drafts of the thesis proposal to his/her advisor and the advisor determines when the proposal is ready to present to the committee. At that time, the student schedules a proposal meeting with all committee members. The purpose of the proposal meeting is for the student to (a) present his/her thesis proposal, (b) provide a rationale for the study, (c) engage in a discussion with the committee members, and (d) obtain an agreement with the committee about the final study. All committee members participate in the proposal discussion. If a member cannot be present at the meeting, he/she provides feedback to the student’s major advisor. The approved thesis proposal, with a cover sheet signed by all committee members, is filed in the Graduate Studies Office, School of Education. After the proposal is approved, students complete their research and write their thesis in consultation with their advisor and committee members. After the advisor determines the written thesis is ready to present to the committee, the student must appoint an examining committee (usually the same as the advisory committee) and schedule a thesis defense. Prior to submitting the formal request for appointment of the examining committee, students must have received formal approval for their thesis. Also, note that students must be enrolled during the session in which an examination is held. The final examining committee must be composed of at least four members of the graduate faculty and may be identical to the advisory committee. More than 50%of the committee members must be from the West Lafayette campus. To schedule the thesis defense, the major advisor submits a Request for Appointment of Examining Committee Form at least three (3) weeks prior to the desired examination date.

Graduation

Students are responsible for ensuring that all graduate school deadlines are met in time for their proposed date of graduation.

Faculty

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Clinical Assistant Professor, Associate Director of the Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI) & High-ability Certificate/Licensure Advisor Educational Psychology & Research MethodologyEducational Studies
Work Phone: (765) 494-7252 Website: Vita

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