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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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UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

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

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Graduate Programs

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

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ONLINE EDUCATION

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

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Certificates

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

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“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:

Developmental Sciences

PH.D. IN EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY WITH an EMPHASIS IN Developmental Sciences


The Program offers a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (EPSY) with an emphasis in Developmental Sciences. The study of Developmental Sciences adheres to the belief that psychological theory and empirical research can inform and improve education and human development by increasing our understanding of how people learn, develop, think, and solve problems.

Developmental Sciences scholars intertwine theory, teaching, and research methods to study and assess:

  • How people learn, adapt, and develop within their environmental contexts as they progress from infancy to adulthood.
  • How to identify the learning processes of the knowledge and skills needed to improve learning and social-emotional
    development.
  • The implementation of emerging research-based techniques into application within classrooms and outside school walls.
  • Learning and development outcomes, the effectiveness of instruction, and conduct and analyze research that extends our
    knowledge base of these processes.
  • The connection between cognition, social, and biological processes throughout development.

Our program focuses on mentoring scholars who develop theory, study new approaches, and use quantitative and qualitative
methods to conduct research, all with the goal of developing innovative real-world applications.

Curriculum


This program curriculum will build:

  • Understanding of how research impacts one’s area of interest
  • Awareness of ways creative thinking can provide a competitive advantage in problem-solving
  • Deeper understanding of learning and instruction

ADMISSIONS


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


The PhD Program in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Developmental Sciences is a part of the Learning Sciences Division (LS) which operates within the Department of Educational Psychology (EPSY) and the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at Texas A&M University.

Degree: Ph.D. in Educational Psychology
Emphasis: Developmental Sciences
Degrees Offered: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Credit Hours: minimum 64 hours

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