Ph.D. in Psychology - Educational Psychology
Contribute to the field of education through independent, professional research. Deepen your understanding of key psychological theories affecting issues related to the learning experiences of both high achievers and individuals whose needs are more specialized. Explore how to apply these theories to teaching learners across their lifespan and researching student cognition, motivation, and development.
This specialization will prepare you for a career as a higher education faculty member, educational psychologist, researcher, program administrator, or consultant.
- 106 total quarter credits
- Courses (71 cr.)
- Elective courses (15 cr.)
- Dissertation (20 cr.)
- Ph.D. residencies (4 four-day sessions)
This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable.
- Foundations of Graduate Study in Psychology
- Educational Psychology
- Lifespan Development
- Research, Theory, Design, and Methods
- Human Motivation
- Culture and Psychology
- Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
- Theories of Learning
- Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior
- Psychology of the Exceptional Individual
- Tests and Measurement
- Ethics and Standards of Psychology
- Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis
- Writing a Quality Prospectus
- Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
- Dissertation I-IV
The Ph.D. in Psychology program will prepare you to use current theory and research to make valuable contributions to government, nonprofit, and private organizations. With your degree, you will have the ability to work directly with individuals at varying developmental levels, from infants to older adults, as well as diverse groups ranging from families to universities.
Settings in which you may practice can include mental health centers, government agencies, healthcare organizations, corporations, community agencies, social services, and schools. Your career options, depending on your specialization, may include a role as a:
- Director of career services
- Staff psychologist
- Political strategist
- Marketing director
- Human resources manager
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