Doctoral Programs

The Department of Educational Psychology offers a range of Ph.D. programs geared towards preparing the next generation of interventionists, scholars, and innovation leaders. Graduates from our doctoral degree programs in School and Counseling Psychology are prepared to become licensed psychologists and/or pursue careers in higher education. Those majoring in Educational Psychology are admitted into in one of five emphasis programs, each of which is designed to foster expertise in their respective discipline areas. Graduates earning a degree in Educational Psychology often pursue careers as faculty in higher education, educational researchers, instructional designers, and technology specialists.

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

The Counseling Psychology doctoral program strives to prepare outstanding counseling psychologists who can advance theoretically-based, empirically-driven services that enhance the health and well-being of individuals and communities. Accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), the program espouses the scientist-practitioner model and recruits students from a range of diverse backgrounds.

Ph.D. in School Psychology

The School Psychology doctoral program prepares health service psychologists to meet the diverse needs of children, families, and school communities through research and practice. Graduates assume roles as practicing psychologists in a variety of settings and/or faculty in higher education. The program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in:


Bilingual Education

The EPSY doctoral degree program emphasizing Bilingual Education prepares graduates to assume careers in higher education as well as a range of leadership positions in schools and school districts focused on consultation and evaluation, teacher training and supervision, or coordination of programs for Bilingual Education and Dual Language Programming. 

Cognition, Creativity, Instruction & Development

The EPSY doctoral degree program emphasizing Cognition, Creativity, Instruction, and Development (CCID) focuses on the science of learning with an aim to understand how and why people learn and achieve their goals across the lifespan. Research-active faculty mentor and train students to use multi-method and multi-informant approaches, including neurophysiological and biobehavioral measures, naturalistic observations, and self-reports or interviews to understand learning and developmental processes in diverse populations and diverse contexts.

Educational Technology

The EPSY doctoral degree program emphasizing Educational Technology prepares graduates with expertise in how emerging technologies can address existing educational goals in innovative ways. Students apply instructional design models and learning and instructional theories to the design and implementation of technology-based educational materials.  The program of study also instills a strong skill set in research methods appropriate to the field.

Research Measurement & Statistics

The EPSY doctoral degree program emphasizing Research, Measurement and Statistics (RMS) focuses on a broad range of quantitative and methodological techniques, including multivariate statistics, item response theory, generalizability theory, hierarchical linear modeling, structural equation modeling, time series analysis, growth modeling, and Monte Carlo study. Graduates are prepared to assume roles research methodologists in a range of social science contexts and/or faculty in higher education.

Special Education

The EPSY doctoral degree program emphasizing Special Education is a full-time course of study that prepares students for academic positions in universities and research institutions. The program offers challenging coursework grounded in the field's most current evidence and the latest advancements in research methodologies. Doctoral students receive valuable research and teaching competencies that provide a competitive advantage upon graduation. All courses are designed to develop a strong background in research.