University of Tennessee Knoxville Online  Master of Science in Educational Psychology

Why University of Tennessee Knoxville? 

This online Master of Science in Educational Psychology offered by this large public research university in Knoxville, Tennessee is seeking candidates.Results from standardized tests are not necessary for your application. There are no prerequisite courses that students must have finished in their undergraduate program. Students must have completed their undergraduate program with a minimum GPA of 2.7. The university’s College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences oversees the program’s administration.

Program Snapshot

University Name University of Tennessee Knoxville
Location Knoxville
State Tennessee Grade A-
Name of Degree Master of Science in Educational Psychology
School or Department Administering Program College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences
Credits 36
Cost per credit $775.00
Tuition for Entire Program $27,900.00
Test Requirements none
Minimum GPA 2.7
Prerequisite Courses and Skills none
Campus Visit Required? no
Typical Time to Complete 6 semesters
When Can Students Start the Program? Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Concentrations Adult Education; Applied Educational Psychology
Synchronous classes yes
Required Courses
  • Introduction to Educational Research
  • Survey of Educational Psychology
  • Motivation in Learning
  • Adult Learning in Social Context
  • Program  Planning in Adult Education
  • Adult Learning
  • Facilitating Change in Educational Environments
  • Non-Western Perspectives on Teaching and Learning
Does the Program Include a Capstone? No
Does the program include a practicum or internship? No
Other Features that Make the Program Unique high graduation/retention; synchronous courses offered M-Th; strong and friendly relationships; required comprehensive exam; required course on non-Western approaches
Program Objectives (quoted directly from the program)
  • Concepts, principles, techniques, and models of educational psychology that facilitate teaching and learning across age groups
  • How to create effective classroom environments
  • Human development, learning principles, assessment, and educational intervention
  • Adult learning and development, adult education research, and the teaching of adults
  • How to become a reflective practitioner and leader who promotes adult learning in a global context
Program Description The program’s 36 credits can be completed within 6 semesters, and does not include an internship. No capstone is required. Students can specialize within 2 concentration areas: Adult Education and Applied Educational Psychology.  Students learn concepts of educational psychology to facilitate teaching and learning. 

What will I Learn?

Educational psychology is the branch of psychology concerned with the learning process, including cognitive processes, the learning environment, the relationship between teachers and learners, the process of lifelong learning, and other topics. Educational psychologists are employed by schools, universities and colleges, community organizations, research centers, testing providers, consulting firms, and other employers.

Graduates of this program are equipped to facilitate teaching and learning across age groups. They learn how to create effective classroom environments by applying concepts in human development, cognitive psychology, assessment, and other techniques. Graduates can expect to be reflective learners and practitioners who are effective communicators and researchers.

Students start the curriculum by learning fundamental concepts in classes suchSurvey of Educational Psychology, Motivation in Learning and Adult Learning in Social Context.  Students deepen their understanding through coursework in Program  Planning in Adult Education,  Adult Learning, Facilitating Change in Educational Environments and Non-Western Perspectives on Teaching and Learning. Students who take Introduction to Educational Research leave with foundational skills.

Students can choose to specialize in one of the following concentrations: Adult Education or Applied Educational Psychology. 

How much will the program cost?

Students finish their degree within 6 semesters and pay $775.00 per credit for a total of 36 credits, or just under $27,900.00 for the entire degree.

How does the program fit into my life?

Students complete this program within 6 semesters of intensive study. All courses are taught synchronously in the evenings: students must attend classes at a specific time.  Students can start the program in the Fall, Spring or Summer semesters. Students move through the program in a cohort, taking the same courses in the same order. 


This well-respected program boasts a high retention rate with many successful graduates. Strong and friendly relationships are a cornerstone of the program’s culture, which fosters connection through synchronous courses offered Monday-Thursday evenings. 

This program offers less flexibility than peer programs, because the curriculum proceeds according to a lockstep model, in which all students in a cohort take the same courses in the same order. Applicants may be attracted by the distinctive required course on Non-Western approaches to Teaching and Learning.