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This degree is a master of education in educational, school and counseling psychology with an emphasis in educational psychology and a focus in student learning and well-being (M Ed).The online masters degree in student learning and well-being from MU will help you apply learning theory, positive psychology, and social and emotional learning in your classroom. If you are a K12 teacher and want to advance your career increasing student learning and supporting the positive development of all learners, this may be the degree for you. 

This degree has potential benefits for:

  • Early childhood educators 
  • Elementary school teachers 
  • Middle school teachers 
  • Secondary school teachers 
  • And other educational personnel 

Course work covers:

  • Applying positive psychology to facilitate learning 
  • Building resiliency and optimism in children and adolescents 
  • Creating better instructional methods through data-driven decisions 
  • Developing a deeper understanding of the process of student learning 
  • Motivating at-risk studentsIncreasing learning by understanding and utilizing social emotional learning 

Note: The focus area name (e.g., student learning and well-being) will not appear on your diploma or transcript.

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education.
  3. If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.
  4. Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
  5. Personal statement (500 words total). Under the heading "Experience," describe experiences teaching, designing instruction and working with diverse groups. How have these experiences prepared you for graduate study? Under the heading "Career Objectives," describe your career objectives and how being accepted into MU's program will benefit your career aspirations.
  6. Résumé or CV.
  7. Three letters of recommendation. In the online application, you will need to supply names and contact details of three people who can attest to your professional competence, academic preparation and potential for graduate work. Graduate Studies will contact your references with instructions regarding the letters.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

To apply to this program:

This program accepts rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time. We recommend you submit your application at least six weeks before the beginning of the term in which you wish to start your course work.

Application Deadlines

July 1
December 1
April 15


  • *Research (3 credit hours)
  • ESC_PS 8020Overview of Research Methods3 Credits
  • *Psychological foundations (9 credit hours)
  • ESC_PS 7115 Human Learning3 Credits
  • ESC_PS 8330Motivating At-Risk and Diverse Students3 Credits
  • ESC_PS 7160Developmental Aspects of Human Learning3 Credits
  • *Measurement and evaluation (3 credit hours)
  • ESC_PS 8380Data-Driven Instructional Decisions3 Credits
  • *Human diversity (3 credit hours)
  • ESC_PS 8340 Cultural Backgrounds and Learning3 Credits
  • *Student well-being (15 credit hours, select any 5 courses)
  • ESC_PS 7200Positive Psychology3 Credits

    Positive psychology explores what is positive, creative, and fulfilling in human behavior. It is the scientific study of well-being and flourishing: what people do right. This course will examine cornerstones and key concepts such as emotions, engagement, relationships, strengths, virtues, meaning, and purpose. Proven as a very effective application in the realms of organizations, governments, businesses, education, counseling, etc., it is best originally understood by applying it to oneself.

  • ESC_PS 8370Social Emotional Learning3 Credits

    The development and support of social emotional learning will be examined for K-12 age students. The course is both theoretical and application based and is appropriate for all levels of graduate students. Research strongly supports the importance of social emotional regulation in increasing and supporting academic achievement and well-being. Specific topics covered in the class include: the integration of SEL with related prevention approaches, SEL and student-teacher relationships, SEL in connection with PBIS, and accountability in SEL programs. Graded on A-F basis only.

  • ESC_PS 8430Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders in Youth3 Credits

    The course will include on overview of normal development and an investigation into specific deviations in intensity, frequency, and/or duration of normal development which impact the individual in his or her home, school, and community.

  • ESC_PS 8435Wellness Management for School Personnel3 Credits

    The current climate in schools places considerable demands on teachers and other school personnel. Often, those working in schools find themselves under enormous stress and pressure. In this course, school personnel will examine a variety of topics related to both identifying and effectively dealing with these pressures. Topics include communication skills, dealing with challenging individuals in the school system, recognizing and effectively managing stress, and recognizing burnout and re-energizing. The course will provide an overview of the research on these topics, as well as numerous effective strategies to deal with these pressures. Students in the course will have opportunities to apply learned strategies to real-life situations in the schools. Graded on A-F basis only.

  • ESC_PS 8445Building Resiliency and Optimism in Youth3 Credits

    Examines risk and resiliency processes during childhood and adolescence. Focuses on defining resilience; sources of risks and protective factors within families, schools, and communities; prevention programs targeting early, middle childhood and adolescence. Promotion of one's own resilience and well-being discussed. Special topics include strengths-based models of resiliency, resilience and family difficulties, violence and maltreatment, poverty, dropout, and school/community-based prevention and intervention.

  • ESC_PS 8455Bully and Youth Violence: Prevention and Reduction3 Credits

    This course is a survey of current issues in bullying and youth violence with an emphasis on applications in the school environment. The course will present effective strategies for bullying and violence prevention within the school and in collaboration with the community at large. Students are encouraged to apply the course concepts to their work environment and develop tools for future practice in schools and other youth-serving settings. Graded on A-F basis only.

  • ESC_PS 8465Vital Issues in School Mental Health3 Credits

    The course is highly individualized in that students, as a group, will choose the specific topics to be covered. Readings and assignments have three foci: 1) improve understanding of each issue within a broader context of public mental health policy, prevention, intervention, and maintenance; 2) deepen student knowledge of the topic from practice and research-based sources; and 3) enable students to deal more effectively with those issues within relevant settings. Topics may include, but are not limited to: school dropout, substance use, self-injury/cutting, relational aggression, management of extreme behaviors, homelessness, divorce/death, eating disorders, pregnancy, ADHD, and many others. Graded on A-F basis only.

  • ESC_PS 8470Preventions and Interventions in School Mental Health3 Credits

    This course explores the role that educators and school mental health professionals play in promoting, prevention and early intervention practices for mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders in youth and considers the basic steps for designing, implementing and evaluating evidence based interventions.

  • ESC_PS 8475Proactive Behavior Management3 Credits

    This course provides a framework to a prevention-focused model of classroom support and behavior management. Prevention is less time-consuming in the long run and leads to more opportunities for learning and social engagement because discipline problems are not interfering with teaching. This course will include evidence based strategies to structure proactive learning environments that promote students' academic skills and competencies as well as their social and emotional development. Graded on A-F basis only.

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $367.60
  • Fees: $65.77
  • Total: $433.37
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1102.80
  • Fees: $197.31
  • Total: $1300.11
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $367.60
  • Fees: $65.77
  • Total: $433.37
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1102.80
  • Fees: $197.31
  • Total: $1300.11
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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