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Master of Science in General Psychology, Teaching of Psychology Emphasis

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The MS in General Psychology with an emphasis in Teaching of Psychology prepares instructors for careers at community colleges or for adjunct/instructor-level positions at colleges or universities. The program provides both content knowledge to teach a variety of community college courses as well as skills related to pedagogy, adult learning needs, and the community college environment.

This is an online program. Requirements for the program include 30 credits of coursework, teaching apprenticeship, and comprehensive exams. Students take classes part-time; 6 credits in the Fall and Spring semesters and 3 credits in the summer for 2 years.

Program Summary
Teaching of Psychology MS Foundation Courses (18 hours)

The foundation courses satisfy demands in community college instruction, including General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychology and statistics/methodology.

The foundation courses not only provide students with content, but they also equip students with the skills and pedagogy to deliver that content in the classroom. Students with previous graduate training in these areas may test out of the content portion of the foundation courses but will still get the benefit of the pedagogy content in the delivery half of the course.

Assignments in these courses will link how material is developed and taught in community college courses, such as developing course goals and objects, course materials, and activities to highlight subject content. Additionally, students will be given the opportunity to gain skills in service areas typical of community college faculty.

Foundation Courses

PSY 668 Neuropsychology (3 credits)
PSY 800 Advanced Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
PSY 810 Developmental (3 credits)
PSY 820 Advanced Learning and Motivation (3 credits)
PSY 845 Experimental Methods (3 credits)
PSY 850 Inferential Statistics (3 credits)

Electives (6 hours)

Elective courses can be chosen to meet the specific needs of the student. These credits may be transferred in from other graduate courses or selected from FHSU courses such as:
PSY 685 Behavior Therapy
PSY 830 Ethics
PSY 812 Advanced Child Psychopathology
Course on Community Colleges (taught by an experienced Community College faculty member) about structure and processes of Community Colleges, working with Adult Learners, Advising Students, and integration of technology into the classroom

Apprenticeship (6 hours)

The teaching apprenticeship will provide students with the opportunity to put into practice the pedagogy and delivery skills learned in the foundation courses. The apprenticeship is divided into two parts (PSY 876 C) over two semesters. The first part of the apprenticeship requires students to develop a teaching portfolio to demonstrate their obtained skills as teachers. The teaching portfolio will include observing established instructors, developing a teaching philosophy, developing course materials (e.g., exams, assignments, and lectures), demonstrating professional correspondence skills with students and colleagues, lecturing to other students and FHSU faculty, and reviewing fellow students on lectures and course materials. The second part of the apprenticeship will provide students with classroom experience as a community college instructor (student procured) or as a virtual college teaching assistant for FHSU.

Comprehensive Exams

Near the end of their training, students will take the Subject GRE to demonstrate their grasp of the field of psychology. Students must pass with a score at or above the determined cut-off. Students will have three opportunities to take the Subject GRE (Sept, Oct, and April). Students can take the Subject GRE at any ETS approved site. Students are responsible for the testing fee.

Testing Out of Content

Students will be able to test out of course content by taking an online exam (for a fee to be paid by the student). The online exam will cover all six foundation courses. Students will receive individual subject area scores. If students’ subject scores meet or exceed the determined cut-off for the subject, students are exempt from taking the content half of the course but must take the teaching component of each course.

Program Contact Information

Dr. Janett Naylor-Tincknell, Director of Experimental Psychology
Department of Psychology
Fort Hays State University


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