Dr. Joyce Juntune, Instructional Associate Professor from Texas A&M University, joins us today to discuss their online Master's in Educational Psychology program.
1. Can you tell us about your online master’s program(s) offered at Texas A&M University?
This is an online MEd program designed to bring together critical information in the areas of creative thinking, learning, and measurement. This is a 36 credit hour program. At the end of the program, students will produce a portfolio which includes a researched “pro” / “con” paper on an issue of interest to them as well as several applications to a field of interest tied to the content covered in the courses taken during the program of study.
2. How long does a typical master’s program take at Texas A&M University? What is the maximum and minimum time of completion?
This is not a cohort program, so students can start any semester and move through at the pace that works for them. The timeline for completing the course has to do with the number of credits a student can complete in a semester. This degree is 36 credits. Most students take 2 - 3 courses (6-9 credits) per semester. It could be done in two years with 2 courses per semester which is reasonable.
3. What do you think makes Texas A&M University’s online Master’s in Educational Psychology program stand out from other programs offered by similar schools?
As a MEd program, the focus is heavier on application than on research. However, the students in this program also take some research courses as we want them to be able to read, understand, and apply research.
4. Does your online Master’s in Educational Psychology program offer any concentrations or dual enrollment opportunities?
The focus in this program is Cognition and Creativity.
5. How important would you say accreditation is when choosing a Master’s in Educational Psychology?
Accreditation of the institution offering the degree is very important. However, of pursuing the degree is only for your own learning, then accreditation will not matter.
6. What kind of student characterizes your ideal candidate in the master’s program (i.e. personality traits, background, interests, career aspirations, etc.)?
We have learned that applicants need a strong enough GRE scores or GPA in stats and writing courses to show they can do the work required in these courses at a graduate level. It is also important for there to be a match between a student's goals and the program's purpose.
7. What are your class sizes for courses in the online master’s degree program?
The class sizes range from 20 – 50 students per class.
8. What are the advantages to earning a Master’s in Educational Psychology degree in general and where are you seeing employer demand for this degree?
Though the degree does not connect to a specific job—the program content will help one be better at the job you choose. You will be able to bring new ideas to a situation, solve problems more creatively, and see things from a new perspective.
9. Is your university linked with any Government, Applied, or Industrial Partnerships to provide internships or practicum experiences for enrolled students?
No—this program does not have internships.
10. Does Texas A&M University offer job placement for students who graduate with a Master’s in Educational Psychology?
11. What types of financial aid packages are available for students in psychology? Are there any fellowships, grants and scholarships available?
Students are urges to contact the financial aid office of the university to explore the many types of financial aid available to them.
12. Are graduate students enrolled in the online Master’s in Educational Psychology program offered assistantships for teaching or research?
13. Do you have any advice for students enrolling in a master’s program for the first time?
Go slowly. If students have not participated in online classes, before, they need to adjust to how online learning works and how to seek assistance in a course sooner rather than later.
14. What do you enjoy most about your position at Texas A&M University?
The opportunity to work with students and develop learning opportunities for the student and myself.
For more information on the online Master’s in Educational Psychology program offered at Texas A&M University visit them online.
Thank you Dr. Joyce Juntune, for sharing and participating in this piece.
That concludes our interview!
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