May 29, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Bulletin 
2023-2024 Academic Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Psychology PhD

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This doctoral program prepares individuals for educational psychology positions. It prepares college and university instructors, generally in the areas of human development, personality, learning and instruction, measurement, statistics and research design. Educational psychologists also work in schools, businesses, industries and various human-development settings.

Total Credits - 90+

Educational Foundations - 9

Research & Dissertation - 35+

Electives - 10

Choose 10 elective credits in consultation with academic advisor.

Admission Requirements

  • A master’s degree (or non-U. S. equivalent) from an accredited institution (NOTE: A master’s degree may be received en route to the doctoral degree; however, all master’s degree requirements must be met.)
  • Minimum graduate GPA of 3.30 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Students with a baccalaureate degree in psychology or a related field and an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 may be eligible to apply
  • GRE General Test from exam taken within five years. Required only for doctoral-level programs (Minimum score required 142/142/3.0)

Additional Admission Requirements

  • Transcripts of post-secondary coursework
  • Recommendations from two professionals for the MA; from three professionals for the PhD. Recommenders may be advisors, major professors and employers
  • Resume describing employment, research or special projects
  • Statement of Purpose reflecting your philosophical perspective, personal, professional and academic goals, and reasons for seeking the graduate program
  • Conviction Clearance and Background Check
  • TOEFL, IELTS or PTE (academic): Students whose language of education is not English must submit English proficiency test scores
  • Interview with a member of the Admissions Committee on campus or by phone

Additional Requirements for International Students

We are an international campus with a significant representation of international students. To learn more, please visit The Office of Graduate Enrollment reserves the right to request additional documents.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will demonstrate:

  • The ability to integrate a spiritual perspective into educational psychological practice and theory.
  • Knowledge and understanding of human development, and human learning across the life span.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the major theories of learning and motivation.
  • Competency in the planning and prescribing of teaching and curriculum strategies for students.
  • Knowledge of human behavior and behavior management techniques, and capacity to plan and implement classroom management procedures pertaining to the behavior of students.
  • The acquisition and mastery of a broad understanding of learning, and learning impairments.
  • Knowledge of federal and state special education laws and other legal aspects of the role of the educational psychologist.
  • Skills in the ability to consult, counsel, and collaborate with students, parents, school personnel, and appropriate outside personnel regarding mental health, behavior, and educational concerns utilizing psychology principles.
  • Knowledge of human growth and development in pupils with or without handicaps.
  • Knowledge of the organization and administration of local and state agencies and their services for pupils.
  • The ability to use current technology for supervision, assessment, and professional record keeping and consultation.
  • The ability to understand and interpret statistical data from research studies.
  • The ability to integrate data from tests and other measurement sources. Understand dynamics of research.
  • The ability to communicate research findings to parents, students and other professionals in a meaningful way.
  • The ability to provide psychological services to special populations including ethnic minorities, female students, learning disabled students, mentally challenged students, emotionally handicapped students, physically disabled students, and gifted students.
  • The ability to conduct evaluations and research in the area of educational and school psychology.
  • Understanding of ethical standards for the profession of educational psychology.
  • Ethical behaviors.

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