The Educational Psychology minor places students at the intersection of psychology and education, allowing them to gain the knowledge needed to improve learning, behavior and mental health. You can choose from a wide range of both education and psychology courses in this program, including children’s learning and development, theories of learning, careers in human services and foundations in education.

It is designed for students entering careers in education, counseling, early intervention, academic advising, research, and social services. Additionally, it provides support for graduate training in several fields including clinical or counseling psychology, social work or therapy, educational psychology, instructional psychology, school psychology, school counseling, speech and language therapy.


Minor Requirements

The Educational Psychology Minor should be planned with an advisor. To connect with an advisor, contact the Behavioral Sciences Division Office at 503-838-8344 or

The minor consists of 27 credits, of which at least 15 hours must be upper division. Students complete a required core, and then choose from elective options. Electives must include at least 6 hours of ED or SPED courses.

For a full description of each of the courses listed below, visit the course descriptions page.

Required Core Classes: 14 Credits

PSY 201 General Psychology 4
PSY 360  OR          PSY 390 Cognitive Psychology                              OR                                                        Theories of Learning 4
ED 200      OR          ED 220      OR          SPED 200 Foundations of Ed                                    OR                                                      Intro Early Childhood Education            OR                                                          Careers in Human Services 3
ED 481 Intro to ESOL & Bilingual ED 3

Electives: Minimum 14 Credits

Must include at least 6 hours of ED or SPED coursework.

ED 224 Creative Arts in Early Childhood Settings 3
ED 230 Children’s Literature in Diverse Classrooms 3
ED 231 Typical & Atypical Dev 3
ED 232 Health and Safety Practices in the Early Childhood Environment 3
ED 233 Applied Adolescent Learning & Dev 3
ED 240 Young Adult Literature in Diverse Classrooms 3
ED 242 Applied Child Learning & Dev 3
ED 245 Designing Early Childhood Environments 3
ED 248 Developmentally Appropriate Practices 3
ED 250 Inclusive Practices in Early Childhood Settings 3
ED 259 Special Education 3
ED 280 Infant & Toddler Dev. 3
ED 322 Early Child Motor Dev. 3
ED 342 Purposes of Play in Learning 3
ED 369 Critical Issues in Early Child 3
ED 383 Intro – Infant Mental Health 3
ED 385 Infant & Toddles Observation & Assessment 3
ED 419 Poverty Young Children & Families 3
ED 420 Global Perspectives Early Child 3
ED 472 Trauma Informed Practices 3
ED 473 Foundations of Social & Emotional Learning 3
PSY 310 Building Resilience in Children 4
PSY 311 Developmental Psychology 4
PSY 349 Intro to Behavior Modification 4
PSY 410 Mentoring I 4
PSY 411 Mentoring II 4
PSY 435 Theories of Personality 4
PSY 449 Psychology of Creativity 4
PSY 458 Language Development 4
PSY 463 Childhood Psychopathology 4
PSY 465 Motivation 4
PSY 480 Infancy and Childhood 4
PSY 482 Adolescence 4
SPED 418 Survey of Special Ed 3
SPED 447 Partnerships in Special Ed 3

Resources for Students Interested in Educational Psychology

The American Psychological Association (APA ) Division 15 Educational Psychology Webpage:  APA Division 15 | Bringing Educational Psychology to The World (

 The American Psychological Association (APA) Division 15 Psychology in Action Educational Psychologist:  Educational Psychology Promotes Teaching and Learning (

APA Division 15 Educational Psychology Podcast Series:  Podcast Series | APA Division 15 (

Psychology Today Educational Psychology Division 15 Blog:   PsychEd | Psychology Today

Interview with Educational Psychologist Dr. Ellen Mandinach:  Dr. Ellen Mandinach, Educational Psychologist (


Is a practicum or internship required for this minor?

No, a practicum is not required but it is encouraged as a great way to get real-world job experience and make connections in the field. Some courses within the minor include applied internship experiences (i.e., PSY 310 Building Resilience in Children; PSY 410 Mentoring I; PSY 411 Mentoring II). See your advisor for more information.

How would a minor in Educational Psychology help me?

The Educational Psychology minor provide students the ability to develop skills that are in demand across a range of settings working with diverse learners (Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016).  A list of possible employment opportunities is listed above.

My major is psychology. Can I minor in educational psychology?

Yes, any major can be combined with a minor in the educational psychology program.  However, if a class is used for the minor (e.g., PSY 201) it can’t also be used for the major.  In other words, students cannot “double-dip” or use the same course for your major and minor. Course substitutions are required for such classes. See your advisor for more information.

Do any of these classes have prerequisites?

Yes, some courses have prerequisites. There are prerequisites for most of the psychology courses which can be satisfied with taking PSY 201. Some psychology courses also require PSY 202. Some of the Education courses have prerequisites. See your advisor for more information.