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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 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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Doctorate in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in:

Bilingual Education


The 75-hour doctoral program in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Bilingual/ESL Education (BESL) 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. The program is led by trained and experienced faculty in bilingual assessment, curriculum development, research methodology, program evaluation, distance teaching formats, and instructional design.



The degree program includes the following course requirements:

  • Bilingual education core (27 hours)
  • Research and evaluation (15 hours)
  • Practica and internship (12 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)
  • 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/ESL Education (BESL)
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/ESL 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

Bilingual Education Core – 27 Hours

BIED 610 Bilingual Assessment & Monitoring Students 3
BIED 611 Dual Language Program Methodologies 3
BIED 612 Content Area Instruction for Bilingual Programs 3
BIED 613 Spanish/English Biliteracy 3
BIED 614 Bilingual Education Curriculum Development 3
BIED 616 Spanish for Bilingual and Dual Language Classrooms 3
BIED 619 Second Language Acquisition in Pre-K-12; Advanced Theory and Practice 3
BIED 620 Current Issues in Bilingual Education 3
BIED 632 Research in Second Language Education 3

Research and Evaluation – 15 Hours

BIED 615 Teacher Action Research 3
BIED 617 Evaluation of Programs with Bilingual and Language Minority Students K-12 3
EPSY 640 Statistical Analysis in Educational Research I (Prerequisite: EPSY 636) 3
EPSY 641 Statistical Analysis in Educational Research II (Prerequisite: EPSY 640) 3

Select one from the following (please consult with your committee chair)

EPSY 633 Qualitative Research Design and Data Collection 3
EPSY 637 Qualitative Grounded Theory Methodologies 3
EPSY 642 Meta-Analysis of Behavioral Research 3
EPSY 643 

EPSY 650

Applied Multivariate Methods 

Multiple Regression and Other Linear Models in Education Research


EPSY 656 Survey Instrument Development 3

Practica and Directed Studies- 12 Hours

BIED 683 Field Practicum Bilingual Research 3
BIED 683 Field Practicum in Grant Writing 3
BIED 683 Field Practicum in College Teaching/Supervision 3
BIED 685 Directed Studies 3

Electives – 9 Hours

The following are sample courses (please consult with your committee chair)

EDTC 608 Foundations of Distance Learning 3
EDTC 613 Integrating Technology in Learning Environments 3
EPSY 602 Educational Psychology 3
EPSY 625 Advanced Psychometric Theory 3
EPSY 651 Theory of Structural Equation Modeling 3
EPSY 652 Theory of Hierarchical Linear Modeling 3
EPSY 654 Longitudinal Data Analysis 3
EPSY 655 Item Response Theory 3
SPED 618 Induction to Professoriate Development in Higher Education 3
SPED 620 Bilingual Special Education 3
SPED 630 Reading for At-Risk and Disabled Learners 3
RDNG 620 Literacy and Language 3

Dissertation – 12 Hours Minimum

Dissertation credit hours are taken under BIED 691.

Any other coursework requires permission from the student’s committee.

*75 hours beyond a master’s degree; 96 hours beyond a bachelor’s degree (with an optional master’s degree)



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