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Educational Psychology Specialization Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology

Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Science


Total program credits needed for graduation: 104

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

Core Courses

44 quarter credits

PSY8002 Foundations of Theory and Practice for Doctoral Psychology Learners 5 quarter credits
PSY7115 Research Foundations of History and Systems of Psychology 5 quarter credits
PSY7868 Qualitative Design and Analysis 5 quarter credits
PSY8625** Advanced Inferential Statistics 5 quarter credits
PSY8658** Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology 5 quarter credits
PSY-R8925 PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 1 3 quarter credits
PSY-R8926* PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 2 3 quarter credits
PSY-R8927* PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 3 3 quarter credits

Choose one from the following five courses:

PSY7210 Lifespan Development 5 quarter credits
PSY7510 Psychology of Personality 5 quarter credits
PSY7520 Social Psychology 5 quarter credits
PSY7543* Ethics and Multicultural Issues in Psychology 5 quarter credits
PSY7610 Tests and Measurements 5 quarter credits

Choose one from the following two courses:

PSY8626* Multivariate Statistics: Theory and Application 5 quarter credits
PSY8635* Advanced Qualitative Analysis 5 quarter credits

Specialization Courses

45 quarter credits

Choose five from the following courses:

PSY7210 Lifespan Development 5 quarter credits
PSY7411 Learning Theories in Psychology 5 quarter credits
PSY7421 Cognitive/Affective Psychology 5 quarter credits
PSY7422 Motivation 5 quarter credits
PSY8100* Principles of Educational Psychology 5 quarter credits
PSY9001 Research in Psychology 5 quarter credits

Choose one of the following Educational Psychology emphases:

Child and Adolescent Development - 20 credits

PSY6010 Human Prenatal Development 5 quarter credits
PSY6020* Topics in Child and Adolescent Development 5 quarter credits
PSY7230 Adolescent Psychology 5 quarter credits
PSY8150 Exceptional Children in the Classroom 5 quarter credits

Program Evaluation and Measurement - 20 credits

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

Teaching and Instruction - 20 credits

PSY8110 The Psychology of Teaching 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

Comprehensive Exam

3 credits

Upon completion of all required courseworks:

PSY9919 Doctoral Comprehensive Examination 3 quarter credits


12 credits

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

PSY9960* Dissertation Courseroom 3 quarter credits each

*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.

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 Behavioral Sciences can be used as an option to complete the total required credits needed for graduation.

Residency Requirements

To support your academic and professional success, residencies provide learning and community-building experiences in a stimulating scholarly environment. For this specialization, you must complete three four-day residencies as part of the Dissertation Research Seminars (PSY-R8925, PSY-R8926, PSY-R8927).

What Can I Expect?

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.

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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 25 credits into this specialization.

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