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Educational Psychology (ED 205)

This course provides an overview of contemporary educational psychology and human development as it applies to school settings. The course is designed to help the student gain an understanding of physical, cognitive, emotional, social and moral development of children and adolescents. Participants in this course are expected to develop a deep theoretical grounding in learning theory, human development and the acquisition of human proficiencies -- particularly social, cognitive, and scholastic. Participants survey and master two categories of theory: (1) theories learning and cognition -- how humans learn, acquire knowledge and make sense of their experience; and (2) instructional theory (teaching practice) -- how to best teach for understanding and learning achievement.

Educational Psychology is a course designed to introduce psychological principles, theories, and methodologies that inform teaching and learning for elementary school children. This course provides fundamental background knowledge for students ready to take more advanced courses in the School of Education.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Yun-Dih (Wendy) Chia-Smith is a Professor in the Department of Teacher Education, where she has been teaching since 2012. Dr. Chia-Smith received her B.S. in Psychology from National Chengchi University, Taiwan in 1991, and earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany in 2004. She taught at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis from 2007-2012. Dr. Chia-Smith’s research interests span from educational psychology, child development , science of learning, sport psychology and coach education. Her recent study on “The developmental psychobiosocial states on competitive badminton players” was rewarded a research grant from Badminton World Federation in 2017.

Introduction to Statistical Methods and Data Analysis (ST 110)

The discipline of statistics will be introduced while frequently using examples and data that relate to the human experience. Using statistical analysis, we will develop a deeper understanding of how we are products of our society and how, together, we form society.

Faculty Biography

With a PhD in Statistics from Iowa State University and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Loyola Maryland, Dr. Richard Auer brings a numbers side of things and a people side of things to his 36 year career as a stat professor at Loyola University Maryland.

Mentor Biography

Brian Loeffler is the Head Coach for the Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving team. He earned a Loyola undergraduate degree in Information Systems in 1991, and a MBA in 1994. Brian has coached Paralympic swimmers in the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Paralympic Games. He has worked at Loyola for 26 years, and has mentored hundreds of student athletes through the years.

Virtual Advisor

This course pairing is ideal for students interested in exploring an Education major or minor.   The statistics course satisfies a core requirement for Education majors.  


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