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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. Monica Neshyba

Dr. Monica Neshyba

Clinical Associate Professor


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A Ph.D. graduate in Curriculum and Instruction: Bilingual and Bicultural Education at UT Austin, Monica Vasquez Neshyba has been involved in education for twenty years in various roles, including bilingual (Spanish/English) tutor, elementary teacher, bilingual curriculum coordinator, English as a second language/sheltered instruction strategist and English language learner assessment coordinator for central Texas school districts. She has also served as a program specialist for the Texas Education Agency in the Division of Student Assessment – Department of English Language Learners. In 2010-2012, she taught graduate courses for the online Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program for the University of Southern California.

Dr. Neshyba received her B.A. in Spanish from UT Austin and a M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Texas State University. She has presented at various local, state and national conferences on a variety of topics concerning English learners, including literacy, second language acquisition, gifted and talented education, and cultural and linguistic diversity. Dr. Neshyba’s dissertation focused on how a high school mariachi class (offered as a course) can serve as a conduit for students’ expression of identity and hopes to continue to research classrooms in various contexts as safe spaces for linguistic and cultural expression.

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