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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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EPSY offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Education 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.

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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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Dr. Glenda Byrns

Dr. Glenda Byrns

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Glenda Byrns earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Southwest Texas State University and a doctorate from Texas A&M University. She joined the faculty of the College of Education and Human Development in 2005.  Dr. Byrns has served in leadership capacities at the department and college level. As the program coordinator for the Undergraduate Special Education (SPED) Program, Dr. Byrns coordinated a state-mandated degree plan revision that required realignment of courses. When serving as the college’s coordinator for educator preparation, she authored the differential tuition for undergraduate teacher preparation proposal that helped to fund scholarships, travel-abroad programs, and supervision for students in field‐based experiences. Additionally, she facilitated the collection and organization of data for accreditation. Currently, she serves as the Special Education Division Chair and as the associate department head for academic affairs in the Department of Educational Psychology. Dr. Byrns teaches undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in both face-to‐face and online formats. SPED 630, a synchronous distance education course that Dr. Byrns teaches, has received Quality Matters (QM) designation. Additionally, Dr. Byrns has been recognized as a Texas A&M Exemplary Distance Educator. Every semester, she takes undergraduate SPED students to a day‐long internship in a large urban school district where they engage with students and teachers and observe educational supports. To advance the use of technology in classroom settings, Dr. Byrns distributes iPads to students in upper‐level SPED courses. Additionally, she developed iBooks for students’ use in flipped classes. Dr. Byrns received the Student Led Award for Teaching Excellence and was a Howdy Camp namesake.



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