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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.

FROM OUR FORMER STUDENTS


“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:

Special Education

PH.D. IN EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY WITH EMPHASIS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION


The Special Education (SPED) doctoral program is a full-time course of study that prepares students for academic positions in universities and research institutions. The program offers challenging coursework grounded in the field’s most current evidence and the latest advancements in research methodologies. Doctoral students receive valuable research and teaching competencies that provide a competitive advantage upon graduation. All courses are designed to develop a strong background in research.

The program consists of extensive coursework in cutting-edge research design and statistical methodologies. Students receive specialized coursework in special education practices and related issues. Additional core competencies are designed to enhance student competence in grant writing, research and college teaching.

Faculty research projects are supported by external funding sources from a number of federal, state and local entities. The array of research projects within the program provides opportunities for doctoral students to collaborate and gain valuable grant management and collaborative research experience. Students also have opportunity to conduct their own original research through coursework. Students present at national conferences and publish in high-quality journals.

WHY THE SPED DOCTORAL PROGRAM?


Doctoral students enroll in full-time coursework. They engage in research and teaching experiences to prepare them for careers in academia. The program offers:

●      A collaborative cohort model

●      Challenging coursework

●      Latest advancements in research methodologies

●      Valuable research and teaching competencies

SPED 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.

 

SPED Admissions

The doctoral program committee uses the criteria below to assist in evaluating prospective student applications. Applicants are encouraged to use this as a guide in determining whether to apply to the program and in assembling their application packets.

REQUIRED CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION TO DOCTORAL PROGRAM

  • Agreement to engage in full-time doctoral studies
  • Prior experience working with individuals with or at risk of disabilities
  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in a related area (e.g., special education, curriculum and instruction, bilingual education, psychology)
  • Fit with Texas A&M University’s doctoral program (professional goals are compatible with program goals)
  • Career goal of obtaining position in higher education or educational research setting

PREFERRED CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION TO DOCTORAL PROGRAM

  • Teacher certification or instructional experience in school settings
  • Already earned Master’s degree in related field
  • Area of interest aligned with available SPED faculty

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Deadlines for submitting an application to the Special Education Doctoral Program are December 1 and April 1. Those accepted into the program begin the following fall semester.

Note applications submitted by the December 1 deadline are given priority and may be subject to more funding opportunities.

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APPLICATION QUALITY INDICATORS

ACADEMIC POTENTIAL

  • GRE/Related Predictor
  • GPA/Transcripts
  • Previous degrees
  • Prior scholarly accomplishments (e.g., peer-reviewed publications, conference presentations)

PERSONAL STATEMENT AND FIT WITH PROGRAM

  • Interest in educational research
  • Awareness of SPED doctoral program goals
  • Knowledge of the field of special education

PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL EXPERIENCES

  • Research experiences
  • Publication/scholarly presentation experiences
  • Experiences with linguistically/culturally diverse populations
  • Experiences working with individuals with disabilities
  • International experiences
  • First in family to attend college
  • Relevant alternative educational experiences

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

  • Letters speak to applicant’s scholarly potential (rather than clinical)
  • Letters are provided by supervisors/advisors (rather than peers/friends)

Letters from individuals in higher education settings are preferred.

Program Details


Degree: Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (EPSY)
Emphasis: Special Education (SPED)
Degrees Offered: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

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Funding Opportunities


  • The majority of doctoral students in special education currently receive funding including tuition and a monthly stipend.
  • Funding options include teaching or supervision graduate assistantship (GAs), federal leadership training grants and federal research grants.
  • Competitive university level awards are available for students who qualify based on academic credentials and relevant experience.
  • All student applications are reviewed to determine funding matches that align with student interests, interest, professional goals, and skills.

Because funding opportunities are competitive, students who apply by the December timeline are most often successful in securing funding.

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