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The Department OF Educational Psychology

The Department of Educational Psychology (EPSY) is home to a variety of interrelated disciplines and degree options focused on human development and well-being in educational and community contexts. Our undergraduate programs prepare students to work with children and youth in a variety of community and school contexts. We also offer a range of professional master’s degrees geared towards professionals in schools, communities, and the corporate world. For those interested in doctoral studies we offer Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in Educational Psychology, Counseling Psychology, and School Psychology.

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Educational Psychology Programs



EPSY offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Education and University Studies, with one of three focuses.


Graduate Programs

The department of Educational Psychology offers a range of professional graduate degree programs.



EPSY offers a wide variety of online programs and courses to many the diverse needs our students.

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Undergraduate students have the opportunity to complete certificate programs while completing their degree requirements.


“I came to the conclusion that being a special educator is less about whom you teach and more about what you teach.”

– Stephanie Haetchen ’12
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Dr. Carly Gilson

Dr. Carly Gilson

Assistant Professor of Special Education


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Short Bio

Dr. Carly Blustein Gilson is an assistant professor of special education in the Department of Educational Psychology. She is the founding faculty director of Aggie ACHIEVE, an inclusive postseconsary education program and a comprehensive transition program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Dr. Gilson provides oversight for the Aggie ACHIEVE staff and leads the research and long-term vision for the program. She is the Principal Investigator of the Transition Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID) model demonstration grant from the U.S. Department of Education (Cohort 3, 2020-2025).

She received her Ph.D. in special education from Vanderbilt University. Her research interests include preparing adolescents and young adults with IDD for integrated employment and inclusive higher education; supporting individuals and families through school-to-work transition; and equipping strong educational team collaborations among secondary special education teachers and paraprofessionals. Prior to pursuing doctoral studies, Dr. Gilson worked as a special education teacher in Atlanta.

Dr. Gilson teaches courses in the special education undergraduate program and graduate programs. She is currently accepting doctoral students for fall 2022.

Research Interests

Collaboration and professional development for special educators
Competitive, integrated employment
Employment-related social skills
Inclusive higher education
Intellectual and developmental disabilities
Postsecondary education for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities
School-to-work transition

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