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


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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.



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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Doctorate in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in:

Bilingual Education


The 75-hour doctoral program in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Bilingual Education (BIED) prepares graduates for university and leadership positions in the field of education, including consultation and evaluation, teacher training and supervision or coordination of programs. A combination of coursework, practica, program competencies and the final dissertation ensure both the breadth and depth of training. Faculty trained and experienced in bilingual curriculum development, distance teaching formats and instructional design leads the program.

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The degree program includes the following course requirements:

  • Bilingual education core (24 hours)
  • Research and evaluation (15 hours)
  • Practica and internship (15 hours)
  • Specialization/cognate electives (9 hours)
  • Dissertation (12 hours minimum)


Besides seminar-based learning, the doctoral program develops competencies across the following areas through practica:

  • College teaching (mentored and supervised)
  • Field supervision (of bilingual education practitioners)
  • Research — planning, executing, writing, presenting and submitting two studies for publication prior to dissertation
  • Program assessment evaluation (planning, executing and writing)
  • Grant writing (co-writing and submitting)


December 1 for the following fall semester

* An alternate application deadline of April 1 is available for the Educational Psychology Ph.D. programs. Note that applications submitted by the December 1 deadline will receive priority in the review process and may have access to more funding opportunities.

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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Program Details

Degree: Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (EPSY)
Emphasis: Bilingual Education (BIED)
Degrees Offered: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Credit Hours: minimum 75 hours

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Core Curriculum

The Ph.D. in educational psychology in bilingual education is designed with considerable flexibility within the core requirements and areas of specializations outlined. A total of 75 hours of approved coursework, practica, professional internship, independent study, seminars and research credit beyond the master’s degree is required. Alternative courses or proficiency may be substituted with committee approval for the five required components listed below.

Ph.D. Curriculum

Required Courses

Bilingual Education Core – 24 Hours

BIED 610 Bilingual Assessment & Monitoring Students
BIED 611 Dual Language Program Methodologies
BIED 612 Content Area Instruction for Bilingual Programs
BIED 613 Spanish/English Biliteracy
BIED 614 Bilingual Education Curriculum Development
BIED 616 Spanish for Bilingual and Dual Language Classrooms
BIED 620 Current Issues in Bilingual Education
BIED 632 Research in Second Language Education

Research and Evaluation – 15 Hours

BIED 617 Program Evaluation – 3
EPSY 630 SingleUCase Research – 3
EPSY 640 Experimental Design in Education I (Prerequisite: EPSY 636) – 3
EPSY 641 Experimental Design in Education II (Prerequisite: EPSY 640) – 3
EPSY 690 Theory of Hispanic Populations – 3

Practica and Internship – 15 Hours

Choose from among the following:
BIED 683 Field Practicum Bilingual Research – 3
BIED 683 Field Practicum in Grant Writing – 3
BIED 683 Field Practicum in College Teaching – 3
BIED 683 Field Practicum in Supervision – 3
BIED 684 Professional Internship in Bilingual Education – 6

Specialization/Cognate Electives – 9 Hours

The following are sample courses:
SPED 620 Bilingual Special Education – 3
SPED 628 Consultation Theory and Techniques – 3
SPED 630 Reading for AtURisk and Disabled Learners – 3
EDTC 608 Foundations of Distance Learning – 3
EDTC 613 Integrating Technology in Learning Environments – 3
EHRD 673 Introduction to Distance Learning – 3
EHRD 671 Management of Distance Learning Systems – 3

Dissertation – 12 Hours Minimum

Dissertation credit hours are taken under EPSY 691
Any other coursework requires permission from the student’s committee



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