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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 (Ph.D.) 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 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)

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

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.

Our 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 gone into roles such as:

  • General educators
  • Special educators
  • Behavior coaches
  • Administrators
  • Counselors
  • Therapists

Admissions Deadlines

Summer admission: February 15

Strong applicants have:

  • Significant work with persons with disabilities
  • Significant work with both 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.

The master’s program in Special Education does not require GRE scores.

How to apply

Program Details

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. Learn more about certification requirements.




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Lisa Bowman-Perrott

Associate Professor

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Wen-Hsuan Chang

Assistant Professor

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Florina Erbeli, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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Melissa Fogarty

Clinical Associate Professor and Associate Department Head

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Alyssa Henry

Assistant Professor

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Marcia Montague

Clinical Assistant Professor

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Julie Thompson

Associate Professor

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Laci Watkins

Associate Professor

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Erinn Whiteside

Clinical Assistant Professor

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Dan Zhang

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professor

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Funding Opportunities

We offer funding opportunities for special educators working in schools in the Brazos Valley region through Project SUCCESS.

Frequently Asked Questions



  • List of Bachelor Degree Equivalencies

    Please view a brief List of Bachelor Degree Equivalencies by Country. If you do not find your country listed and are unsure of your degree equivalency, please contact the Office of Admissions at

  • Can my Application fee be waived?

    Yes. This fee may be waived only in exceptional cases for low-income applicants and McNair Scholars. To receive the waiver, you must submit an awards letter from your current school’s financial aid office showing the award of a Pell Grant. Your Student Aid Report (SAR) from a current FAFSA can also be submitted to show financial need. McNair Scholars must submit a letter from their McNair Program Director verifying their status as a McNair Scholar in good standing to receive the fee waiver. Submit this information to the Academic Affairs Business Office and include your major of interest and term of application. Waiver of application fee is not available for international students.

  • 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

    All applicants must complete the 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.

  • How do is submit my letters of Recommendation?

    The GraduateCAS online application includes a Recommendations section where you must add your recommenders’ information. Once you have saved the recommendation requests, GraduateCAS will contact each recommender via email to request the completion of the recommendation form and letter of recommendation. We require three letters of recommendations and they must be submitted directly by recommenders through the electronic system.

  • What are the typical program costs?

    Check out the cost of attendance estimator.

    Please note, you must update the program hours.

    For a better understanding of your total cost of attendance (COA), please visit our cost and tuition rates webpage ( This webpage will provide you with an opportunity to review estimated COA information for undergraduate, graduate and professional students, as well as other resources such as the tuition calculator and billing and fee explanations.

  • 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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