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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 (Ph.D.) degrees in Educational Psychology, Counseling Psychology, and School Psychology.

Program Areas to choose from

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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
Special Education Programs

Educational Psychology

Vision & History

Vision & History

EPSY was established in 1969, during the creation of the College of Education. These individuals have served at the level of department head:

  • Dr. Jeffrey Liew 2022-present (Interim)
  • Dr. Fuhui Tong 2020-2022
  • Dr. Shanna Hagan-Burke 2016-2020
  • Dr. Victor L. Willson 2008-2016
  • Dr. Michael R. Benz 2004-2008
  • Dr. Victor L. Willson (Interim) 2003-2004
  • Dr. Douglas J. Palmer 1995-2003
  • Dr. Patricia Alexander (Interim) 1994-1995
  • Dr. Bruce Thompson 1992-1994
  • Dr. Michael J. Ash 1984-1992
  • Dr. Christopher Borman 1979-1984
  • Dr. Arthur J. Roach, Jr. 1971-1979

EPSY has developed a strong national recognition for its research and academics, and has established a high level of collegiality both within the program areas and across the department for its faculty, staff and students.

Strategic Plan

EPSY strives to promote and maintain collaborative teaching and research activity within the department and across the College and University. The 1977 Strategic Plan established a four-fold plan for the college in the areas of international activity, diversity, technology and high impact research and instructional programs.

International Activity

  1. Enhance faculty activity in relation to international programs.
  2. Increase international learning opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.
  3. Seek additional resources for faculty and students.
  4. Seek quality international students to enhance programs.


  1. Improve electronic communication between students and faculty.
  2. Increase use of technology in course offerings.
  3. Improve access to technology for students and faculty.
  4. Increase usage of technology for continuing education.

High Impact Research and Instructional Programs

  1. Faculty involvement and documented impact of their instructional, research and service efforts.
  2. Increase faculty involvement in extramural funding activities.
  3. Accreditation of programs.
  4. Increase quality of graduate working in higher education settings in positions of leadership.

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