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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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Department Head & Professor



The College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University (TAMU) invites applications and nominations for the position of Head and Douglas J. Palmer Chair for the Department of Educational Psychology (EPSY). The College of Education and Human Development’s mission is to enhance equity in educational achievement and health outcomes, to foster innovation and development, and to influence policy and practice.

About the department

The Department of Educational Psychology (EPSY) has six program areas and offers undergraduate degrees in Bilingual Education, Child Professional Services, and Special Education as well as graduate programs in Bilingual/ESL Education, Counseling Psychology, Creativity and Cognition, Developmental Sciences, Learning Design & Technology, Learning Sciences, Research Measurement and Statistics, School Counseling, School Psychology, and Special Education.

As one of four departments in the College of Education and Human Development, EPSY is currently home to about 300 undergraduate students, 400 graduate students, 49 faculty, and 32 staff members. EPSY is one of the largest producers of special and bilingual education teachers in the State of Texas. Students are prepared to become state and national leaders across a variety of disciplines, and high-achieving faculty members use their research to impact the lives of people in Texas and around the country, specifically in the area of child and adult psychology.

EPSY is also home to a number of centers, labs, institutes and programs including but not limited to the Center for Research and Development in Dual Language and Literacy Acquisition; the Center on Disability and Development; the Counseling and Assessment Clinic; the Telebehavioral Care Clinic; the Educational Research and Evaluation Laboratory, the Neurobiological Lab for Learning and Development, Aggie Achieve, the Coach To Communicate Autism Project, and the Youth Adventure Program. The departmental annual operating budget totals approximately $5 million with over $10 million in grant funding ($8 million external).


The Head serves as the chief academic, fiscal, and administrative officer for the Department. The Head is responsible for fostering faculty excellence in research, teaching, and service consistent with Texas A&M University’s Vision 2030 Strategic Plan and the CEHD College Strategic Plan; providing effective advocacy for the Department within the College, University, state, and nation; encouraging a positive, collegial climate; promoting local, state, national and international partnerships and outreach; and establishing a successful record of creating a positive climate for the recruitment, development, and retention of diverse faculty, students, and staff.


Candidates must possess an earned doctorate in a field related to any of the department’s academic programs; be eligible for tenure at the rank of full professor upon arrival with a significant leadership demonstration, distinctive and active record of research and scholarship, publications, and be recognized as a national leader in Educational Psychology or field related to one or more of the department’s academic programs. Candidates must possess a record of excellence in teaching, directing doctoral students, and developing innovative programs; an established record of obtaining extramural funding to support research and/or teaching; a record and/or demonstrated ability to provide creative leadership in the higher education setting; evidence of effective communication, organization, ability to manage and resolve conflict, and interpersonal skills; a strong commitment to an open and transparent faculty governance; ability to make ethical decisions; evidence of budgetary and management skills; and, a commitment to integrity, academic excellence, professional service, and the promotion of a positive climate of respect, diversity, equity and inclusion.

Application Process

The Interfolio application portal will open 19 October 2020 to accept nominations and applications. Review of applications will begin 12 January 2021. Applications should be submitted via Interfolio and include: (a) a letter of application summarizing the applicant’s qualifications, leadership skills, and vision for the department; (b) a philosophy of diversity, inclusion, and equity statement; and (c) an updated curriculum vitae that outlines academic and administrative accomplishments. Application materials must be submitted online.

Letters of inquiries and nominations can be addressed to:

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