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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 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.

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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. Shanna Hagan-Burke

Dr. Shanna Hagan-Burke



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Dr. Shanna Hagan-Burke earned her Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Oregon and currently serves as Professor and Head of the Department of Educational Psychology. Her research interests include functional analyses of challenging behavior, positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS), and early literacy. She has been awarded more than $5.6 million dollars in competitive external grants, serving as the lead PI or Co-PI on eleven external grants awards. Her work investigating relations between academic performance and problem behaviors has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (2013, 2014) for its contributions to the fields of early reading intervention and early childhood education. She currently directs a doctoral training grant focused on the preparation of scholars with dual expertise in academic and behavioral supports (Project ABS). Dr. Hagan-Burke has 17 years of experience working with state-level behavioral support initiatives (Alabama, Georgia, and Hawaii Departments of Education) and their systemic efforts to meet the needs of students with challenging behaviors. She was a member of the Texas Education Agency’s Response to Intervention (RTI) Guidance Committee and served as the lead author developing their RTI framework for social behaviors. Dr. Hagan-Burke has a strong commitment to both undergraduate and graduate teaching and in 2015 she was awarded an Eppright Professorship for undergraduate teaching excellence at Texas A&M University.

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