CLEP® Educational Psychology Review

How the course works...
After signing up for the course through Bliss Projects, Inc., you will need to purchase your course materials.  The required item for this course is an access code for MyLabSchool, powered by CourseCompass, for Educational Psychology: Theory and Practice, 8th edition, by Slavin.

Once you have your access code, you will sign in to the website.  There, you will have access to the CLEP® Exam Review Online: Psychology course. 

You may sign in to the course anytime and work at your own pace.  However, in order to make significant progress in completing the review of all topics, you should plan to spend ~10-15 hours/week studying the materials.  You may work at a slower or faster pace - it's completely up to you!

What is included in the course materials...

  • An electronic college level textbook:  Educational Psychology: Theory and Practice, 8th edition, by Slavin.
  • Videos, simulations, biographies and Explore! enhancements. 
  • Case studies
  • Career Center (Lesson and portfolio builder by Allyn & Bacon, Prepare for the Praxis exam, Resume writing guide, ready-to-use lesson plans)
  • News Feeds: Articles relevant to education from the NY Times.
  • A personalized study plan which indicates areas of content mastery and those in need of further study
  • Pre- & post- test exercises which are submitted electronically and graded with immediate electronic feedback.


  1. Introduction to Educational Psychology:  What makes a good teacher?, role of research, the teacher-decision maker, research methods
  2. Theories of development:  Piaget's view of cognitive development, educational implications,  view of development, Vygotsky's view of cognitive development, classroom applications, Erikson's view of social development, educational implications, Kohlberg's view of moral development
  3. Development during childhood and adolescence: Physical development, language acquisition, developmentally appropriate practice in day-care, preschool, and kindergarten programs, physical, cognitive and socio-emotional development in middle childhood, physical, cognitive and socio-emotional development in adolescence, self-esteem, social relationships, emotional development, the problems of adolescenc
  4. Student diversity: The role of child-rearing, community and economic factors, ethnicity and race, bilingual education, gender differences, theories of learning styles, multiple intelligences
  5. Behavioral theories of learning: Pavlov and classical conditioning, Skinner and operant conditioning, Thorndike and the Law of Effect, implications for classroom managment, modifying behavior, modeling and observational learning
  6. Cognitive theories of learning:  Memory, brain based research, forgetting and remembering, information processing, study strategies, cognitive teaching strategies to help students learn
  7. The effective lesson: Learning objectives, planning a lesson, communicating the lesson, assessing the lesson, research on direct instruction, concept learning, the role of discussions
  8. Constructivist approaches to instruction: Constructivism, top-down processing, cooperative learning, discovery learning, self-regulated learning, scaffolding, learner-centered principles, constructivsit methods in content areas, research on cooperative learning methods, problem-solving approach, teaching creative problem solving, critical thinking
  9. Meeting individual needs:  Grouping and tracking models, forms of mastery learning, research on mastery learning, individualizing instruction, using technology, computer-assisted instruction, early intervention programs, after-schol and summer school programs
  10.   Motivation: What is motivation?, theories of motivation, learned helplessness and attribution theory, teacher expectations and achievement, classroom managment strategies
  11.   Effective learning environments: Time on task, classroom rules, beginning of the year practices, managing misbehavior, preventing serious behavior problems
  12.   Exceptional learners: Types of exceptionalities, mental reterardation, learning disabilities, ADHD, speech and language impairments, emotional disorders, autism, gifted students, public law and IDEA, inclusion, IEPs, adapting instruction to meet special needs
  13.   Assessing student learning:  Educational planning, the role of evaluation, formative and sumative assessment, norm-reference and criterion-referenced evaluations, types of assessments
  14.   Standardized tests:  Purposes of, types of standardized tests, interpretation of scores, issues of validity, reliability and bias

The College Board sets the curriculum for the CLEP® Educational Psychology Exam.  Please visit the College Board's website to view the most up-to-date curriculum for the CLEP® Educational Psychology Exam

Course materials...
Access code for MyLabSchool, powered by CourseCompass, Educational Psychology: Theory and Practice, 8th edition, by Slavin.

This course costs less than a typical college course, but more than a review book.  This is because with this course (and purchase of course materials) you have access to a college level textbook, tutorials, videos, interactive homework and assessments and learning resources.