The Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations provides undergraduate and graduate courses in the psychological and social foundations of educational practice. These courses support the preparation and continuing development of teachers and human-service professionals such as school psychologists, counselors and school administrators. Courses taught by the department include those in the areas of human development, learning and motivation, school psychology, measurement and research methods, and the history, sociology and philosophy of education. Faculty members conduct a broad array of research related to these topics. In addition, many participate in scholarly activities at the local, national and international levels. Some provide related professional services related to their field of expertise.
The department oversees one undergraduate minor in Educational Studies. This interdisciplinary program is designed for non-teacher education majors who are interested in understanding the intersection of learning, education and society.
In addition to undergraduate teaching responsibilities, many faculty are actively involved in one or more of the department's graduate programs: M.A.E in Educational Psychology: Professional Development for Teachers; and Ed.S. in School Psychology.