Ph.D. in Education

The Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Education concentration in Educational Psychology seeks to advance the understanding of learning, cognition, and human development as these processes apply to educational processes and practices. The Educational Psychology Program is characterized by a strong theoretical and research orientation, the interplay of theory and practice, an interdisciplinary approach, and a commitment to service. Designed for students seeking to become professors or researchers in higher education, it is structured around the three areas of learning and conceptual processes, human development, and applied data analysis and research methodology.

See the Faculty Directory for a list of Educational Psychology faculty.

Program Requirements

College-Wide Proseminars

 
EDUC 8103 Contemporary Trends in Educational Research 3
EDUC 8104 Epistemology and Method in Educational Research 3

College-wide Research Method Courses

 
Select 15 credits minimum, including at least one course each in statistics, qualitative methods, and research design) from the following: 15
Crtical Understanding of Social Science Research  
Qualitative Res in Ed  
Introduction to Statistics and Research  
Qualitative Data  
Intermediate Educational Statistics  
Multivariate Statistics
 
Structural Equation Modeling
 
Multilevel Modeling
 
Growth Curve Modeling
 
Single Subject Design
 
Program Evaluation
 

Educational Psychology Concentration Courses

 
EPSY 8735 Proseminar in Learning 3
EPSY 8741 Proseminar in Human Development 3
Proseminar in Educational Psychology 3
Research Apprenticeship (6 credits) 6

College-wide Elective Courses

 
Select 3-12 credits 3-12

Culminating Courses

 
Select 6 credits overall including: 6
EDUC 9994 Qualifying Exam  
EDUC 9998 Proposal Writing  
Doctor of Education Dissertation (minimum of 2 credits)  
Internship: An internship in the form of a research apprenticeship is required.  

Total Credit Hours

45-54

Refer to the PhD in Education Program Requirements for additional details. Most courses are offered in the evening to accommodate working professionals. The length of time to complete the doctoral degree program varies depending upon the number of courses taken each semester. Students may matriculate in either part-time or full-time capacity (except during the Ph.D. residency period).

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