Counseling and Educational Psychology

Ph.D. in Learning and Developmental Science-Specialization in Educational Psychology

Degree Requirements (90 cr.)

Major Requirements (36 cr.)
Required Course (3 cr.)
All doctoral students are required to take the following course:
  • P601 Educational and Historical Foundations of Psychology (3 cr.)
Students are expected to acquire basic knowledge in the Core Areas of Learning and Developmental Sciences listed below by taking at least one three-credit course from each area below.  Basic knowledge in these spheres is tested in qualifying examinations.
Human Development (3 cr.)
Select at least one course from the following:
  • P513 Gerontology:  Multidisciplinary Perspectives (3 cr.)
  • P514 Life Span Development: Birth to Death (3 cr.)
  • P515 Child Development (3 cr.)
  • P516 Adolescent Development (3 cr.)
  • P517 Adult Development and Aging (3 cr.)
  • P518 Social Aspects of Aging (3 cr.)
  • P622 Social Development (3 cr.)
  • P623 Child Development (3 cr.)
  • P624 The Biology of Behavior: Implications for Educational & Clinical Practice (3 cr.)
  • P625 Family Processes (3 cr.)
Learning (3 cr.)
Select at least one course from the following:
  • P540 Learning and Cognition in Education (3 cr.)
  • P544 Applied Cognition and Learning Strategies (3 cr.)
  • P545 Educational Motivation (3 cr.)
  • P566 Social Psychology in Education (3 cr.)
  • P590 Independent Study or Research in Educational Psychology (3 cr.)
  • P600 Topical Seminar in Learning, Cognition & Instruction (3 cr.)
  • P640 Thinking and Learning in Social Contexts (3 cr.)
  • P650 Topical Seminar in Educational Psychology (3 cr.)
Foundations in Education (9 cr.)

Doctoral students are required to take courses outside their major and minor areas to obtain alternative theoretical perspectives to their studies. These courses may be taken in areas such as the history, philosophy or sociology of education, curriculum theory, and other social sciences. Students are allowed to take no more than six credits in the same area.

Other Courses in the Major (18 cr.)

In addition to the 18 hours required above the student will work with their advisor to select 18 additional hours to meet the minimum needed.

Inquiry Core Requirements (15 cr.)

The Inquiry component emphasizes methodological skills which provide a basis for conducting original research. The following three courses are required:

  • Y521 Methodological Approaches to Educational Inquiry (3 cr.)
  • Y502 Intermediate Statistics Applied to Education (3 cr.)
    (Must be taken concurrently with Y500)
  • Y527 Educational Assessment and Psychological Assessment (3 cr.)

Select two courses from the following:

  • H510 Foundations of Educational Inquiry (3 cr.)
  • H601 Historical Inquiry in Education (3 cr.)
  • Y535 Evaluation Models and Techniques (3 cr.)
  • Y603 Statistical Design of Educational Research (3 cr.)
    (Must be taken concurrently with Y500.)
  • Y604 Multivariate Analysis in Educational Research (3 cr.)
    (Must be taken concurrently with Y500.)
  • Y611 Qualitative Inquiry in Education (3 cr.)
  • Y617 Psychometric Theory (3 cr.)
  • Y627 Seminar in Educational and Psychological Measurement I (3 cr.)
  • Y635 Methodology of Educational Evaluation (3 cr.)
  • Y750 Seminar in Inquiry Methodology (3 cr.)
Minor Requirements (12 cr.)

The minor must have integrity in its own right and must complement the major. The minor field must demonstrate wholeness within itself and contribute to the student's overall doctoral program. Minors are generally formulated within a single program area. However, an interdisciplinary or individualized minor is also possible. Interdisciplinary or individualized minors require a written description of the minor's underlying theme along with a rationale for each course's contribution to that theme through the Minor Justification form. This form should be submitted and approved by the Graduate Studies Office before enrolling in the minor courses.

Students will select a minor field of study to complement their major in educational psychology. The minor serves to develop students’ substantive area of interest. Major area courses may not be used in the minor.

Elective Requirements

Elective courses are chosen to fill out the major and to contribute to the integrity of the student’s program. These courses are taken in the student’s area of interest, within or outside the department, to fulfill the total program requirement of 90 credit hours.

Early Inquiry Experience

To satisfy the program requirements, the student must carry out an independent research project as an early inquiry experience. The resulting research report must be read and approved by the major members of the program of studies committee. This project must be completed before advancing to candidacy and is expected to be completed in the first three years. A master’s thesis can be considered but must meet the same approval process.

Dissertation Requirements (15 cr.)
  • P795 Dissertation Proposal Preparation (3 cr.)
  • P799 Doctoral Thesis in Educational Psychology (12 cr.)

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