Peabody College adds master’s programs in world languages and cognitive psychology

Applications are now open for two new master’s degree programs being launched by Peabody College of education and human development. The master of education in World Languages includes an English as a Second Language (ESL) certification. The master of science in Cognitive Psychology in Context provides students with training in basic research on cognitive processes in real-world settings using behavioral and brain-based methodologies. Students may enroll beginning in fall 2022.

M.Ed. in World Languages

In a globalized world, educating students to be culturally and linguistically prepared is crucial. In fact, world language instruction has been consistently identified as an area of need for licensed teachers. The 31-34 credit-hour M.Ed. program was designed to prepare educators to meet the need for high-quality language instruction. The program invites students who hold a bachelor’s degree in one of the world languages (French, German, Latin, Mandarin or Spanish) to pursue licensure to teach in grades K-12 and to obtain an ESL endorsement as well.

“We are really excited to launch the World Languages program with ESL endorsement,” said Associate Professor of the Practice Heather Johnson, faculty director for the program. “Candidates who are accepted will engage in two years of coursework and fieldwork connected to the teaching and learning of world languages, as well as experiences that help them learn how to support multilingual and emergent bilingual students.”

A one-year master’s degree option is possible for those students who complete ESL endorsement coursework as undergraduates.

M.S. in Cognitive Psychology in Context

The master of science in Cognitive Psychology in Context focuses on how cognitive processes unfold in everyday contexts. The 36-hour program includes courses and graduate seminars in cognition, cognitive development, data management and quantitative methods, and related areas of study. Students also will have the opportunity to direct an independent research study in collaboration with Peabody faculty.

“The demand for students with master’s-level research in cognitive psychology is high,” said Maria Osina, faculty director of the program and lecturer in psychology. “The flexibly designed coursework and opportunities to partner with faculty on high-level research will give students an excellent foundation for pursuing a doctoral degree or future industry employment.”

Although most students will complete a thesis, the program includes an option to substitute a capstone project and presentation. The capstone option may be particularly well-suited for students who wish to pursue industry employment after graduation.

How to apply

Both programs are currently accepting applications with a priority deadline of Dec. 31. Visit the program pages hyperlinked above to learn more about application requirements, scholarship and financial aid opportunities, or to connect with program faculty and staff.