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Take an innovative approach to understanding the psychology of teaching and learning with the Capella University online PhD in Educational Psychology. Meet the demands of a profession alive with discovery in a program designed to help you think critically in response to psychological quandaries, carry out your role in accordance with the ethics of a trusted leader, respect individuality, embrace diversity, and communicate effectively and with confidence.

Choose your area of focus with an emphasis on child and adolescent development, program evaluation and measurement, or teaching and instruction.

The Building Blocks of Your PhD

In the PhD in Educational Psychology program, you will begin work on your dissertation immediately. Our curriculum begins with programs of research to help you determine your topic and incorporates credit-bearing dissertation research seminars with assistance blended into coursework. Expert faculty, research methodologists, and advisors provide the right assistance at the right time, when you need it. Each facet of your education builds on the others to take you seamlessly through your program and to your goal of a PhD.

View a sample course sequence to understand program timing and see how your coursework, dissertation research seminars, comprehensive exams, and dissertation all fit together.

To learn more about this program, request more information and we will match you with an enrollment counselor who specializes in your area of study.

Degree Outcomes

With your PhD in Educational Psychology from Capella, you'll learn to design, plan, and conduct research and evaluation to advance knowledge and practice in educational psychology and related disciplines. You'll also learn to apply scientifically established principles and knowledge from the study of human development and motivation to the practice of educational psychology. Discover specifically what you'll learn — and how you can apply it.

View full learning and career outcomes report for this program at

Career Outcomes

Common jobs with an online PhD in Educational Psychology include faculty position, educational activities director, learning systems manager, psychometrician or researcher. Potential workplaces include community college, military, government or school district.

To learn more, call 1.866.933.5902, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.