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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:

Research, Measurement, and Statistics

Ph.D.  in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Research, Measurement, and Statistics

The Ph.D. program in Educational Psychology with a emphasis in Research, Measurement and Statistics (RMS) focuses on a broad range of quantitative and methodological issues, including multivariate statistics, item response theory, generalizability theory, hierarchical linear modeling, structural equation modeling, time series analysis, growth modeling, and Monte Carlo study.

RMS faculty are leading scholars who have earned international recognition. They recently instituted Summer Statistics Workshops attract students and faculty from around the state and across the nation. RMS faculty not only engage in the development and application of cutting-edge quantitative research methods, but they are also committed to training the next generation of methodologists. Graduates with this specialization are in demand for higher education academic positions and school- and industry-based jobs in measurement and evaluation. RMS graduates hold positions at many major universities and research agencies.


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.

To be admitted to a graduate program, you must apply to the EPSY department and Texas A&M University.

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Program Details

Degree: Doctorate in Educational Psychology
Emphasis: Research, Measurement, and Statistics
Degrees Offered: Ph.D.
Credit Hours: minimum 72 hours

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Core Curriculum

Ph.D. Curriculum


EPSY 622*: Measurement and Evaluation in Education
EPSY 635*: Educational Statistics
EPSY 636*: Techniques of Research

CORE COURSES (3 credits each)

EPSY 625: Advanced Psychometric Theory
EPSY 633: Qualitative Research Design and Data Collection
EPSY 640: Statistical Analysis in Educational Research I
EPSY 641: Statistical Analysis in Educational Research II
EPSY 642: Meta-Analysis of Behavioral Research
EPSY 650: Multiple Regression and Other Linear Model in Educational Research
EPSY 651: Theory of Structural Equation Modeling
EPSY 652: Theory of Hierarchical Linear Modeling
EPSY 656: Survey Instrument Development


EPSY 691: Dissertation Research Hours (Minimum 13 credits)
Electives: RMS Courses **-(Minimum 24 credits)

RMS Related Electives

EPSY 631: Program Evaluation
EPSY 637: Qualitative Grounded Theory Methodologies
EPSY 643: Applied Multivariate Methods
EPSY 653: Advanced Structural Equation Modeling
EPSY 654: Longitudinal Data Analysis
EPSY 655: Item Response Theory
EPSY 690: Experimental Research Design in Educational Settings

  • Electives which have been offered in the last three years and have permanent numbering in the 2018-2019 Graduate Course Catalog. The course code is currently listed as EPSY 690 and will be changed to EPSY 639.

OTHER EPSY Electives

EPSY 630: Single Case Experimental Design
EPSY 634: Educational Neuroscience
EDTC 608: Foundations of Distance Learning
EDTC 654: Instructional Design-Technique in Educational Technology
EPSY 646: Issues in Child and Adolescent Development
EPSY 647: Lifespan Development
EPSY 673: Learning Theories for Education

  • Electives which have been offered in the last three years and which have permanent numbering in the 2018-2019 Graduate Course Catalog.

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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