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Get certified in learning and motivation

The Graduate Certificate in Learning and Motivation provides insight into contemporary understandings of human learning, development and motivation across a wide range of contexts. The certificate enhances degrees in education, business, communications, economics, health promotion, hotel and restaurant administration, human services, journalism and more and provides preparation for those who will teach after graduation. 


This program prepares you with a greater understanding of human learning and behavior. Topics include psychological needs, cognitive development, the social

nature of learning, the role of beliefs in motivation, critical thinking and complex cognitive processes. This 12-hour certificate can be earned entirely online. One course has a face-to-face section for those that prefer the classroom experience.



Required Courses (9 credit hours):

  • EPSY 5103 : Human Development
  • EPSY 5463 : Psychology of Learning
  • EPSY 5553 : Motivation in Educational Contexts

Elective (3 credit hours - select one of the following):

  • EPSY 5473 : Psychology of Adult Learning 
  • EPSY 5603 : Developmental Issues in Instruction
  • EPSY 5983 : Instructional Effectiveness in Higher Education


Admissions Requirements and Deadlines

  • Apply for admission through the Graduate College
  • Written Statement of Goals (1-2 pages)
  • A grade of “B” or higher for all courses counting toward the certificate


Oklahoma State University offers an affordable single rate for graduate students in online degree and certificate programs.

Cost details for in-state, online graduate students
Cost details for out-of-state online graduate students


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