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The Department OF Educational Psychology

The Department of Educational Psychology (EPSY) is home to a variety of interrelated disciplines and degree options focused on human development and well-being in educational and community contexts. Our undergraduate programs prepare students to work with children and youth in a variety of community and school contexts. We also offer a range of professional master’s degrees geared towards professionals in schools, communities, and the corporate world. For those interested in doctoral studies we offer Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in Educational Psychology, Counseling Psychology, and School Psychology.

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Educational Psychology Programs



EPSY offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Interdisciplinary Studies and University Studies, with one of three focuses.


Graduate Programs

The department of Educational Psychology offers a range of professional graduate degree programs.



EPSY offers a wide variety of online programs and courses to many the diverse needs our students.



Undergraduate students have the opportunity to complete certificate programs while completing their degree requirements.


“I came to the conclusion that being a special educator is less about whom you teach and more about what you teach.”

– Stephanie Haetchen ’12
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Educational Psychology

Aggie Achieve

Aggie Achieve

Aggie ACHIEVE (Academic Courses in Higher Inclusive Education and Vocational Experiences) is a four-year inclusive higher education program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to expand their interests and prepare for employment in the community. Aggie Achieve students will live on campus, participate in TAMU classes, join clubs and organizations, prepare for inclusive employment, and integrate fully into student life at Texas A&M University. Peer supports called ACHIEVEmates are current TAMU students that will help students accomplish the goals of the program and build relationships with them. This program is the first of its kind in Texas and is set to have its first cohort start in Fall 2019.

Aggie ACHIEVE will provide an inclusive and immersive college education for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and equip them for employment in the community.

– Dr. Carly Gilson, Assistant Professor of Special Education


Young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities likely share the same aspirations as their peers without disabilities, including attending college. Young people with IDD miss powerful learning experiences when college is out of their reach.

Aggie ACHIEVE will be Texas’ first inclusive, certificate-based, four-year postsecondary education program with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Aggie ACHIEVE is designed to serve young adults who recently completed high school and received special education services under the diagnosis of intellectual disability. This program will recruit students whose goal is to attend college and who are interested in being employed within their community.

Aggie ACHIEVE students will have access to campus and community life mirroring that of their peers at Texas A&M University. They will be able to:

  • Pursue active membership in clubs and student organizations that align with their interests.
  • Be part of orientation events and campus programs.
  • Have the traditionally available supports of their peers.

These students will also gain new, lifelong relationships with faculty, staff and peers on campus.

Transforming the Future

Aggie ACHIEVE will expand opportunities for Texas A&M students to form sustained relationships and shared experiences with individuals with IDD and provide a foundation for a more inclusive campus community.

Offering an inclusive program such as Aggie ACHIEVE holds great promise for both those with IDD and Texas A&M students who will go on to key corporate, community and civic leadership roles around the country after graduation.


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