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Total program credits needed for graduation: 120

One academic quarter is 3 months. You will have a 3-week break between each quarter.

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.

Core Courses

40 course quarter credits.

PSY8002
Foundations of Theory and Practice for Doctoral Psychology Learners (5 quarter credits)
PSY7110
History and Systems of Psychology (5 quarter credits)
PSY7210
Lifespan Development (5 quarter credits)
PSY7411
Learning Theories in Psychology (5 quarter credits)
PSY7543
Ethics and Multicultural Issues in Psychology* (5 quarter credits)
PSY7615
Data analysis with SPSS (5 quarter credits)
PSY7625
Advanced Inferential Statistics** (5 quarter credits)
PSY7658
Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology** (5 quarter credits)

Specialization Courses

25 course quarter credits.

PSY7421
Cognitive/Affective Psychology (5 quarter credits)
PSY7626
Multivariate Statistics: Theory and Application* (5 quarter credits)
PSY7630
Qualitative Analysis (5 quarter credits)
PSY7635
Advanced Qualitative Analysis* (5 quarter credits)
PSY8100
Principles of Educational Psychology* (5 quarter credits)

Upon completion of all required course work:

PSY9919
Doctoral Comprehensive Examination* (5 quarter credits)

Learners must register for PSY9960 a minimum of four times to fulfill their Specialization requirements.

PSY9960
Dissertation Courseroom (5 quarter credits each)

In addition, choose one of the following recommended Educational Psychology concentrations or any four of the following listed courses:

For a program evaluation and measurement concentration:

PSY7610
Tests and Measurements (5 quarter credits)
PSY7660
Survey Construction and Administration** (5 quarter credits)
PSY8763
Program Evaluation* (5 quarter credits)
PSY8765
Testing and Assessment in the Workplace* (5 quarter credits)

For a psychology teaching and instruction concentration:

PSY8110
Teaching Psychology (5 quarter credits)
PSY8170
Principles of Instructional Design* (5 quarter credits)
PSY8130
Adult Learner in the Classroom (5 quarter credits)
PSY8361
Online Teaching in Psychology Practicum* (5 quarter credits)

For a child and adolescent development concentration:

PSY6010
Human Prenatal Development (5 quarter credits)
PSY6020
Topics in Child and Adolescent Development* (5 quarter credits)
PSY7220
Child Psychology (5 quarter credits)
PSY7230
Adolescent Psychology (5 quarter credits)

OR

Choose four from the following courses:

PSY6010
Human Prenatal Development (5 quarter credits)
PSY6020
Topics in Child and Adolescent Development* (5 quarter credits)
PSY7220
Child Psychology (5 quarter credits)
PSY7230
Adolescent Psychology (5 quarter credits)
PSY7610
Tests and Measurements (5 quarter credits)
PSY7660
Survey Construction and Administration* (5 quarter credits)
PSY8110
Teaching Psychology (5 quarter credits)
PSY8121
Cognitive Load Theory and e-Learning (5 quarter credits)
PSY8130
Adult Learner in the Classroom (5 quarter credits)
PSY8170
Principles of Instructional Design* (5 quarter credits)
PSY8361
Online Teaching in Psychology Practicum* (5 quarter credits)
PSY8763
Program Evaluation* (5 quarter credits)
PSY8765
Testing and Assessment in the Workplace* (5 quarter credits)

Two Elective Courses†

10 course quarter credits. Choose any graduate courses, excluding introductory and special topics courses, lectures, seminars, practica, internships, and any Capella-designated first course.‡

Additional Prerequisite Courses

Learners who enroll in this Specialization without the academic background needed to fulfill certain course requirements may be required to complete the following courses:

PSY7620
Inferential Statistics (5 quarter credits)
PSY7650
Research Methods (5 quarter credits)

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

**This course has a prerequisite that is not listed as a required course, which may increase the total number of courses needed to complete this Specialization. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for additional course prerequisites.

†It is recommended that learners without the academic background needed to fulfill certain course requirements use their elective courses to satisfy any two additional prerequisites.

Courses without a PSY designation may be worth fewer than five quarter credits. Learners must carefully plan their elective courses to ensure that total credit requirements for the degree are met. Special topics courses in the Harold Abel School of Social and Behaviorial Sciences can be used as an option to complete the total required credits needed for graduation.

Residency Requirement

To support your academic and professional success, residential colloquia provide learning and community-building experiences in a stimulating scholarly environment. For this specialization, you must complete three four-day colloquia (PSY-R8921, PSY-R8922, PSY-R8923).

What Can I Expect?

Most students take 1 to 2 courses at a time. One course typically requires 10 to 12 hours of study per week.

Courses are divided into 10 weekly units. Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

Learn more about online learning at Capella.

Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which can help save time and money. You can transfer up to 50 credits into this specialization.

Sign Up for a Free One-Week Mini Course

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Take an Individual Course

Whether you're completing continuing education credits, want to see if online learning is right for you, or are simply interested in a specific topic, you can enroll in many of Capella's online courses without committing to a degree program. We recommend speaking first with an enrollment counselor to discuss your goals and ensure the credits you earn now can be applied to a degree program later.

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Concentrations

If you have elective courses in your specialization, you may be able to use them to fulfill both your degree and concentration requirements at the same time. However, completing a concentration may extend your total credits beyond the requirements of your degree. Concentrations available for this specialization include:

  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Coaching Psychology
  • Consultation Psychology
  • Industrial Psychology
  • Organizational Psychology
  • Program Evaluation and Measurement
  • Psychology Teaching and Instruction

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.