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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 Interdisciplinary Studies 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.”

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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.

  • How do people learn, adapt and develop within their environmental contexts?
  • How do they develop as they progress from infancy to adulthood?
  • How do they learn the knowledge and skills they need in classrooms and outside school walls?
  • How and where do they use their knowledge and skills?
  • How do the environment and individual differences influence learning and development?
  • How can we best use emerging technologies to design educational experiences and environments that improve learning and social-emotional development?
  • How can we best assess learning and development, evaluate the effectiveness of instruction, and conduct and analyze research that extends our knowledge base of these processes?

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 DEADLINES


December 1, 2017

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
Emphasis: Developmental Sciences
Degrees Offered: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Credit Hours: 64

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Core Curriculum


Developmental Sciences Curriculum

PREREQUISITE COURSES (3 credits each)

EPSY 602*: Educational Psychology
EPSY 622*: Measurement and Evaluation in Education
EPSY 635*: Educational Statistics
EPSY 636*: Techniques of Research
EPSY 673*: Learning Theories

CORE COURSES (3 credits each)

EPSY 625: Advanced Psychometric Theory
EPSY 640: Experimental Design in Education I
EPSY 641: Experimental Design in Education II
EPSY 646 or EPSY 647: Issues in Child and Adolescent Development or Lifespan Development
EDTC 654 or EDTC 608: Instructional Design or Online Course Design
EPSY 633: Qualitative Research Design and Data Collection

One of the following Qualitative Research:

EDAD 623: Advanced Fieldwork Methods
EHRD 656: Narrative Analysis
EPSY 637: Qualitative Grounded Theory Methodologies
SOCI 624: Qualitative Methodology

OTHER COURSES

EPSY 691: Dissertation Research Hours (Minimum 12 credits)
Electives: (Minimum 16 credits)


Total: 64 credits

*Prerequisite course requirements may be waived for students who have comparable previous coursework or demonstrate requisite knowledge skills. Students who feel they meet these criteria should consult their advisor.

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