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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
Special Education Programs


Master's in:

Special Education (Online)

M.Ed. / M.S. in Special Education (Online)

The online master’s degree in Special Education is intended for individuals with a solid background in education, behavior, disability, or related fields. A teaching certificate is not required, but teaching or clinical experience working with individuals with disabilities is highly desirable. Interested individuals should have a commitment to work in the field or pursue additional graduate training after receiving a degree. Additionally, the program works best for professionals who are self-motivated and can manage the rigor of a 36-credit hour, two-year fully online master’s program. Successful graduates of the program have been general educators, special educators, behavior coaches, administrators, counselors, and therapists.


Strong applicants are those who have:

  • Significant work with persons with disabilities
  • Significant work with culturally and linguistically diverse groups
  • Interest and/or experience in behavior analysis

To be admitted to a graduate program, you must apply to the department of Educational Psychology and Texas A&M University.

M.Ed. / M.S. in Special Education does not require GRE scores.

How to Apply


Degree: Master’s in Special Education
Degrees Offered: Master of Education, Master of Science
Minimum Credit Hours: 36
Delivery: Online

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Core Curriculum



EPSY 630 Single Case Experimental Design **
SPED 601 Assessment in School Settings **
SPED 602 Ethical and Professional Conduct in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis **
SPED 604 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis **
SPED 605 Leadership in Applied Behavior Analysis **
SPED 611:Multicultural and Bilingual Special Education
SPED 617 Adolescent Literacy for Students with Diverse Instructional Needs
SPED 628 Consultation in Special Education
SPED 630 Early Literacy for Students with Diverse Instructional Needs
SPED 632 Transition Education and Services for Individuals with Disabilities
SPED 642 Prevention, Support, and Intervention for Students with Emotional and Behavior Problems **
SPED 699 Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis **

** Coursework required for students seeking certification as Board Certified Behavior Analysts and the ABA graduate certificate. Additional requirements and information may be found at






Frequently Asked Questions



  • Is supervision of experience requirements offered?

    It is the responsibility of students to independently seek out supervision opportunities. TAMU does not provide supervision for practicum hours.

  • Statement of Purpose Essay – Apply Texas

    All applicants must complete the Apply Texas Essay, Statement of Purpose and explain the following:

      1. Why you applied to this program
      2. Academic background and training
      3. Potential for graduate study
      4. Research experience
      5. Other relevant professional experiences
  • I want/need a Graduate Assistantship/Fellowship – how do I apply?

    Please note that we cannot guarantee any financial assistance to any student. We will contact all admitted students about the process for applying for all available assistantships. This is a separate process from applying for admission. The department and programs will choose students to be nominated for Graduate Diversity or Graduate Merit fellowships. These fellowships are only open to U.S. citizens. Please do not ask to be nominated for one of these fellowships as the program will determine which students are competitive for these awards.

  • Can I send supplemental materials?

    You can send us anything you like, and will keep them in our application file. However, we will not upload these items to your file. If you want items such as a professional paper or resume included for review, you need to upload these items to the application as we cannot upload them on your behalf.

  • If I already have letters from my recommenders can I send those in?

    Yes, we will accept the paper letters, however we strongly prefer the electronic format provided as part of the online application, once you complete the Apply Texas Application through portal. If you have paper letters they must be sent directly to the admissions office in a signed and sealed envelope. Letters not received in a signed envelope will not be accepted. Letters can be mailed to:

    (U.S. Postal Service)
    Graduate Admissions Processing
    Office of Admissions
    Texas A&M University
    P.O. Box 40001
    College Station, TX 77842-4001

    Please make sure that you submit a Document ID Sheet along with any additional documents you submit.

  • Is there a form for completing letters of recommendation?

    Yes, this is part of the portal. There is an electronic form so you will need to type in the recommender’s email address and send it to them. You may want to contact the recommender to let them know the form will be coming electronically.

  • What are the typical program costs?

    The following website can help you estimate the cost of the program, including current costs of tuition and fees: Click here for the cost of attendance estimator

    Please note, you must update the program hours.

  • Can you guide me through the application process?
  • I live out of state. Do you accept out-of-state applicants?

    Yes, we accept in-state and out-of-state applicants.

  • Is there any opportunity for financial assistance?

    Yes, there are opportunities for financial assistance through the following departments: Office of Graduate Studies Financial Aid

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