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Educational Psychology Specialization Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology

Harold Abel School of Psychology

Understand the Psychology of Teaching

Hone your professional expertise and dive deep into the psychology of teaching and learning. Capella’s online PhD in Psychology, Educational Psychology degree will help you think critically in response to psychological issues and carry out your role as a trusted, ethical leader. Upon graduation, you can pursue a career in teaching, higher education, corporate training, instructional technology, and many other fields—the possibilities are endless.

Choose an emphasis on child and adolescent development, program evaluation and measurement, or teaching and instruction.

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At a Glance

  • Online & In Person
  • 7 Core Courses
  • 5 Specialization Courses
  • 3 Dissertation Research Seminars
  • 4 Emphasis Courses
  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Dissertation

Classes Start September 10th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

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What You’ll Learn

Conduct Valid Research

Design, plan, and conduct research and evaluation methods to advance knowledge and practice in educational psychology.

Apply Your Knowledge

Apply scientifically established principles and knowledge from the study of human development and motivation to the practice of educational psychology.

Embrace Diversity

Integrate knowledge of individual differences and diversity in the development of curriculum and the use of instructional and measurement tools.

Understand Learning

Discern how humans learn, process, and communicate information to create knowledge.

Design with Purpose

Design curriculum, instruction, and assessment with established pedagogical, sociocultural, and psychological knowledge.

Channel Technology

Apply technology and computer-mediated communication and principles to the creation of instruction and learning.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Relevant, Real-World Learning

Get real-world skills. Our research in psychology course allows you to conduct research alongside Capella faculty.

Prepare to Teach

Our applied teaching track program helps you gain experience as a teaching assistant or tutor.

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty

Learn the latest in theory and practice from experienced doctoral faculty who are actively engaged in their professions.

Professionally Credible, Professionally Aligned

Capella’s PhD in psychology is competency-based, integrating common core psychology and research coursework with relevant and topical specialization content, providing alignment to the profession and an in-depth focus on your discipline.

Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one size fits all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it.  We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$530 per credit, 104 total quarter credits, 25 max transfer credits

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Scholarships for New Students

Capella scholarships, available for qualifying students, aren’t need-based and never have to be repaid.

10% Military Discount

Active-duty military service members, their spouses, and veterans could be eligible for a discount.

Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

Accredited & Respected

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Sample Courses

The online PhD in Psychology, Educational Psychology curriculum offers knowledge in learning, instruction, and research. Core coursework provides a foundation of the science of psychology, and specialization courses provide depth. 

Dissertation Research Seminar

Allows you to work extensively on your dissertation topic, methodology, literature review, and research plan from the beginning of your program. 

Support to Reach the Finish Line

Our doctoral curriculum is designed to give you dedicated support early in your program—so you can be confident in the steps to completing your degree.

Residency

Enhance the skills you develop in your program coursework through these intensive, onsite experiences with students and faculty.  

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
PSY7422 Learning Theories in Psychology
PSY7210 Lifespan Development
PSY7510 Psychology of Personality
PSY7520 Social Psychology
PSY8100 Principles of Educational Psychology

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  

Faculty

Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

Doctoral Advising

A doctoral degree takes special effort. It's why we offer expert support at every step to keep you moving forward toward your goal.

Dissertation Mentors

During your dissertation, you’ll be matched with an experienced mentor who will help you to succeed. 

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Move Forward in Your Career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online educational psychology doctoral degree.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Adjunct, part-time, or full-time faculty
  • Educational activities director
  • Educational psychologist
  • Instructional consultant
  • Learning systems manager
  • Program evaluator
  • Educational policy researcher
  • Psychometrician
  • Test administrator
  • Training and development director
  • Educational program director
  • Test and measurement specialist

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Educational consulting firm
  • Government—local, state, federal
  • Health care
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Military
  • Nonprofit organization
  • P-12 public/private school
  • Research organization
  • School district—local or state
  • State department of education
  • Test publisher
  • Training company

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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