Ph.D. in Education

Educational Psychology (concentration) Interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosophy in Education (Ph.D.) Program

Educational Psychology

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

Required Course Work

  • College-wide core seminars (6 semester hours)
    • Contemporary Trends in Educational Research (3 semester hours)
    • Epistemology and Method in Educational Research (3 semester hours).
  • College-wide research courses (Minimum 15 semester hours)
  • Disciplinary concentration courses* (0 semester hours: see list below.)
  • Research Apprenticeship (6 semester hours)
  • College-wide elective courses (3-12 semester hours)
  • Culminating Courses (6 semester hours overall; minimum 2 semester hours of ED 9999)
    • Qualifying Exam (ED 9994)
    • Proposal Writing (ED 9998)
    • Dissertation Writing (ED 9999)

Refer to the PhD in Education Program Requirements for details.

Concentration Courses* (9 S.H.)

  • Pro-seminar in Educational Psychology
  • Pro-seminar in Learning and Cognition
  • Pro-seminar in Human Development

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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