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Master of Arts in Educational Psychology

Master of Arts in Educational Psychology

The Master of Arts in Educational Psychology meets the academic requirements for New York State Professional Teaching Certification and has two distinct tracks that students can pursue.

The first track meets the academic requirements for application to Professional Certification in Childhood Education (grades 1-6) for candidates with initial teacher certification in this area. The second track meets the academic requirements for application to Professional Certification in Adolescent Education (grades 7-12) and is designed for candidates who possess initial certification in one of the Adolescence Education areas: History, Science (Biology or Chemistry), Mathematics, Languages (French or Spanish), and English. Also, the second track meets the academic requirements for initial and professional certification in Middle School Extension (grades 5-6). Upon completing the M.A. in Educational Psychology program, candidates applying for the Professional Teaching Certification in Adolescence Education will thus meet the master's degree requirements for Middle School Extension (grades 5-6).

Both tracks of the M.A. in Educational Psychology require the successful completion of 36 credit hours of coursework. 

In addition, in order to graduate with a master's degree, all teacher education candidates are required to complete, submit, and defend an electronic portfolio based on the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards as their capstone project. The electronic portfolio demonstrates the professional knowledge and skills candidates have developed across the program. This is a multimedia, standards-based document that is stored online. An early course, Content Area Assessment and Portfolio Development, (EPSY 506) prepares candidates to use the online Marist system for portfolio development. Candidates are required, in their last semester in the program, to participate in meetings throughout the semester in order to receive guidance and help to complete their electronic portfolio. Candidates will complete, submit, and defend their electronic portfolio in their last semester. Completion is recorded when the portfolio is passed. Passing the electronic portfolio is a requirement for the master's degree.

To qualify for the MA in Educational Psychology, a student must:

  • Complete all program requirements no later than five years after matriculation
  • Maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in graduate courses, as well as maintain appropriate dispositions associated with the responsibilities of a classroom teacher
  • Complete a total of 36 credits as prescribed in the curriculum requirements
  • Complete, present, defend, and pass an electronic portfolio to the satisfaction of the portfolio evaluation committee during the candidate's final semester


Marist teacher preparation programs at the Initial Certification and Advanced Certification levels are registered with the New York State Education Department (NYSED). Marist is a member of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP).


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Adriana Cella, '14, M.A.'15

Adriana Cella, '14, M.A.'154th-grade special education teacher, Queens, NYC 
While obtaining my masters, I also substitute taught during the day.  Although it was a lot of work, it gave me great experience, and I was able to practice the skills I was learning in my courses in real life situations. I feel very prepared in my current teaching position thanks to everything I have learned and experienced at Marist!