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Educational Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology

Be a force for positive change in education and professional learning environments. The online PhD in Psychology, Educational Psychology program from Capella University is designed for those who want to solve real-world challenges in education and learning design, develop innovative strategies to enhance learning and shape policy and practice to make a lasting impact.

Coursework is focusing on cognition, motivation, learning science and the psychology of teaching.

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 July 8

Apply today with no application fee.

At a glance

  • Online
  • GuidedPath
  • 7 Core courses
  • 7 Specialization courses
  • 3 Virtual residencies
  • 4 Dissertation courses
  • 84 Total quarter credits (24 Max transfer)

Reduce your tuition by $5,000

Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $5K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your doctoral degree. Eligibility rules and exclusions apply. Connect with us for details.

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

Your education can help you reach your professional and personal goals. Here are some of the jobs and employment settings to consider with a doctoral degree in educational psychology.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Curriculum designer
  • Curriculum specialist
  • Digital learning specialist
  • Instructional design manager
  • Instructional systems designer
  • Learning design manager
  • Learning strategist
  • Program director
  • Training program manager

Employment settings to explore*

  • Colleges, universities and professional schools
  • Community colleges
  • Educational support services
  • Elementary and secondary schools
  • Research and development in the social sciences and humanities

*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.