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Educational Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology

Advance your professional expertise and expand your knowledge of teaching and learning. The online PhD in Psychology, Educational Psychology from Capella University is designed for those who want to conduct research, contribute ideas to the field, or teach at the college level.

Coursework is focused on learning, cognition, instruction, and development. This program can prepare you to pursue opportunities in fields such as higher education, corporate training, and instructional technology.

Understand the psychology of teaching

Study areas relevant to your career; focus on child and adolescent development, program evaluation and measurement, or psychology teaching and instruction.

Complementary coursework approach

Get direct, intensive experience with virtual residencies that enhance your online coursework and help you complete your program successfully.

Scholar-practitioner faculty

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

Classes start December 5

Use the code AUTUMN to waive the $50 application fee.

At a glance

  • Online
  • 7 Core courses
  • 9 Specialized courses
  • 25 max transfer credits
  • 3 Doctoral Project Development Seminars
  • Comprehensive exam
  • Dissertation

Reduce your tuition by $20,000

Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $20K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your doctoral degree.

What can you do with an PhD in Educational Psychology degree?

Your education can help you reach your professional and personal goals. Here are just some of the career options you could explore with your online educational psychology doctoral degree.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Adjunct or part-time psychology faculty
  • Psychometrician
  • Test administrator
  • Training and development director
  • Test and measurement specialist
  • Instructor of educational psychology
  • Researcher
  • Full-time psychology faculty
  • Test developer
  • Instructional designer
  • Learning specialist
  • Curriculum manager

Employment settings to explore

  • Social service agency
  • Government—local, state, federal
  • Hospital
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Community college
  • Educational services

*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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