Educational Psychology (EDUCST-PH, PSY)

Department of Educational Studies
Specialization Curriculum
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Specialization leading to Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies

Program Requirements (15 hours)

Common Core (6 hours)

  • EDUCST 6891 Proseminar in Educational Studies (3)
  • EDUCST 6892 Educational Policy and Inequality in Social and Cultural Context: Integrating Research Traditions (3)

Research Core (choose three, 9 hours)

All PhD students in Educational Psychology are required to include in their program study at least 3 research methods/statistics courses at the 7000 level or higher. All students will complete ESQUAL 8280, and then they will select a quantitative sequence from the following list and consult with their advisor for additional options.

To satisfy the competencies needed to successfully complete the dissertation, Educational Psychology students typically complete research and methodology courses in excess of the minimums required by the Educational Studies program. Some students may need to take additional leveling coursework prior to beginning the research core if they do not have the requisite background.

  • ESQUAL 8280 Qualitative Research in Education: Paradigms, Theories, and Exemplars (3)

ANOVA Sequence:

  • ESQREM 7648 Univariate Experimental Design (4)
  • ESQREM 8648 Multivariate Experimental Designs (4)

Regression Sequence:

  • ESQREM 7651 Regression Analysis (4)
  • ESQREM 8658 Applied Multilevel Data Analysis (3)

Specialized Sequence:

Students, in consultation with their advisors, may design their own methodology sequence. To complete a specialized sequence, students must take three methodology course relevant to their research interests. Specialized research plans are approved by the Graduate Studies Committee.

Specialization Requirements (27 hours)

Educational Psychology Core (12 hrs)

  • ESEPSY 7402 Educational Psychology: Cognition, Learning and Instruction (3)
  • ESEPSY 7403 Motivation in Learning and Teaching (3)
  • ESEPSY 8403 Advanced Seminar in Educational Psychology (3)
  • ESEPSY 8404 Academic Writing in Education: Reviewing the Literature (3)

Advanced Seminar (choose three of five listed, 9 hrs)

  • ESEPSY 8402 Classroom Research on Student Motivation (3)
  • ESEPSY 8405 Advanced Seminar in Classroom Learning and Instruction (3)
  • ESEPSY 8406 Self-Regulated Learning (3)
  • ESEPSY 8407 Self-Efficacy (3)
  • ESEPSY 8408 Race, Ethnicity, & Multiculturalism in Education & Psychology (3)

Electives (choose a minimum of two courses listed, 6 hrs)

Consult with faculty advisor for alternatives

  • ESPHE 7414 Examining Knowledge, Truth, and Objectivity: Philosophy of Science for Educational Researchers (3)
  • ESEPSY 5401 Adolescent Learning and Development in School Contexts (3)
  • ESEPSY 7401 Controversies, Myths, and Dilemmas in Education (3)
  • ESEPSY 7404 College Teaching (3)
  • ESEPSY 7405 Cooperative Learning: Research and Practice (3)
  • ESEPSY 7406 Social Basis of Behavior in Education (3)
  • ESEPSY 8895 Seminars: Educational Psychology (3)
  • ESLTECH 7277 Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (3)

Research Apprenticeship (9 hours)

Consult with faculty advisor

  • EDUCST 8191 Research Apprenticeship: Educational Studies

Dissertation Requirement (6 hours)

Consult with faculty advisor

  • ESEPSY 8999 Dissertation or Thesis Research: Educational Psychology (minimum 6)

Minimum hours post-MA/MS: 57

Program Degree Department Email
Doctoral Educational Studies


Note: Students exact curriculum may vary depending upon program of study determined by student and advisor.