PH.D. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Cognition, Creativity, Instruction, & Development

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The Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a specialization in Cognition, Creativity, Instruction, and Development (CCID) program focus is on increasing an understanding of learning and development.


This program curriculum will build an:

  • Understanding of how research impacts one's area of interest
  • Awareness of ways creative thinking can provide a competitive advantage in problem-solving
  • Deeper understanding of learning and instruction

The Program offers a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with specializations in Cognition, Creativity, Instruction, and Development.

  • How do people learn, adapt and develop within their environmental contexts?
  • How do they develop as they progress from infancy to adulthood?
  • How do they learn the knowledge and skills they need in classrooms and outside school walls?
  • How and where do they use their knowledge and skills?
  • How do the environment and individual differences influence learning and development?
  • How can we best use emerging technologies to design educational experiences and environments that improve learning and social-emotional development?
  • How can we best assess learning and development, evaluate the effectiveness of instruction, and conduct and analyze research that extends our knowledge base of these processes?

Students select committee members and develop a degree plan, which must be submitted for approval. Applicants must follow all departmental admission requirements.

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CCID study is based on the Apprentice Scholar model, in which students become immersed in developing a rich understanding of what we know and in exploring and discovering what has yet to be learned. CCID students participate on research teams designed to advance our understanding of these issues, and in the development of applications based on theory and research in the learning sciences.

Through our program, students can acquire the knowledge, skills, and experiences they need to become university faculty, researchers, or leading professionals in schools, business, and industry. The CCID program enables students, through the guidance of faculty mentors, to build an individualized program of study that meets their individual needs and professional objectives.

Ph.D. students and faculty in CCID focus on development, cognition, and how they are influenced by environments such as their home, neighborhood, cultural community, and school or place of work, including the virtual environments provided by emerging technologies. The environments in which learners develop and function affect what they learn, how they learn, and how they use what they learn. Understanding these processes can help us develop environments in which children and adults can learn more effectively and live more enriched lives. CCID graduate students develop expertise in learning theory, human development, instructional design, and emerging technologies.

The CCID concentration is interdisciplinary, meaning that CCID students have the opportunity to benefit from the diverse knowledge bases and perspectives offered by different academic disciplines within the department and college and across the university in areas such as psychology, sociology, and computer science.

CCID Faculty