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Study at One of the Most Research-Productive Departments at UConn

The Department of Educational Psychology continues to be one of the most productive departments at UConn in terms of research. Opportunities abound for Ph.D. students looking to begin their research careers and learn from some of the top educational psychology experts in the country.

The department offers five areas of concentration for Ph.D. students, including the No. 17-ranked special education program in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report.

Concentrations

The Ph.D. in Educational Psychology offers students a range of concentrations to choose from:

  • Learning Sciences (formerly Cognition, Instruction and Learning Technology) 
  • Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent Development  
  • Research Methods, Measurement, and Evaluation  
  • School Psychology  
  • Special Education  

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Plans of Study

The Department of Educational Psychology ordinarily admits full-time doctoral scholars. A Ph.D. student’s plan of study is developed between the Advisory Committee and the student. A suggested list of possible courses from which to choose for each concentration is provided.

Learning Sciences

Required Courses (Substitutions Allowed*): 

  • EPSY 5605 – Quantitative Methods in Research I  
  • EPSY 5610 – Applied Regression for the Education Sciences  
  • EPSY 6601 – Methods and Techniques of Educational Research  
  • EPSY 5510 – Learning: Its Implications for Education  
  • EPSY 5602 – Educational Tests and Measurement  
  • EPSY 5220 – Introduction to Educational Technology  
  • EPSY 5621 – Construction of Evaluation Instruments  
  • EPSY 5613 – Multivariate Analysis in Educational Research  
  • EPSY 5515 – Professional Seminar in Cognition & Instruction (2 credits)  
  • EPSY 5520 – Instructional Design  
  • EPSY 5530 – Theories of Learning, Cognition, and Instruction  
  • EPSY 5540 – Research Ethics in Education and Psychology (2 credits)  
  • EPSY 6560 – Instructional Psychology  
  • GRAD 6950 – Dissertation Preparation (15 credits)  

Recommended Courses (Substitutions Allowed*):  

  • EPSY 5230 – Web-based Learning  
  • EPSY 5195 – Distance Learning  
  • EPSY 5240 – Interactive Learning Environments  
  • EPSY 6230 – Advanced Educational Technology  
  • PSYC 5615 – Human Factors  
  • PSYC 5621 – Simulation and Training  
  • EPSY 6621 – Program Evaluation  
  • EDLR 5302 – Program Evaluation for School Improvement  
  • EPSY 6626 – Sampling and Survey Research Methods  
  • EPSY 6636 – Measurement Theory and Application  
  • EPSY 6637 – Item Response Theory 5  
  • EPSY 6611 – Logistic and Hierarchical Linear Models  
  • EPSY 6240 – Academic Motivation  
  • EPSY 6550 – Situated Cognition  
  • PSYC 5420 – Cognitive Development  
  • PSYC 5567 – Cognition  
  • PSYC 5572 – Sensation and Perception II  
  • PSYC 5575 – Introduction to Cognitive Systems  
  • EDLR 5203 – Adult and Experiential Learning  
  • EDLR 5201 – Influences on Adult Learning  
  • PSYC 5332 – Research Design and Test Construction  
  • PSYC 5702 – Field Research Methods  
  • PSYC 5130 – Causal Modeling in Social Psychology  
  • SOC 5201 – Social Research I  
  • SOC 5210- Applied Survey Design and Analysis  
  • SOC 5231 – Qualitative Methodology  
  • SOC 5753 – Methods of Population Analyses  

*Note: Course substitutions are permitted with approval from the student’s primary advisor and advising committee.  

Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent Development 

Required Courses for the Ph.D.  

Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent Development Required Courses (15 credits)  

  • EPSY 5850: Introduction to the Science of Creativity 
  • EPSY 6710: Conceptions of Human Potential 
  • EPSY 6730: Contemporary Issues in Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent Development 
  • EPSY 6770: Concepts in Curriculum and Instruction for Talent Development     
  • EPSY 6780: Affective Issues in Achievement and Talent Development 

Research and Other Required Courses (30 credits)  

  • EPSY 5510: Learning: Its Implication for Education or EPSY 5530: Theories of Learning, Cognition and Instruction (EPSY requirement)   
  • 2 of the following 3: EPSY 5605: Quantitative Methods in Research I; EPSY 5607: Quantitative Methods in Research II; EPSY 5610, Applied Regression Analysis (EPSY requirement; Gifted program students generally take EPSY 5605 and EPSY 5610)  
  • EPSY 6601: Methods & Techniques of Educational Research or EPSY 6651: Introduction to Methods for Causal Inference Using Educational Data (EPSY requirement)   
  • EDCI 6000: Qualitative Methods of Educational Research (Gifted program requirement)  
  • GRAD 6950: Dissertation Research (15 credits – UConn requirement)  

Additional Course Options for the Ph.D.  

Possible Additional Research Courses  

  • EDLR 6052: Qualitative Methods of Educational Research II (Gifted program recommendation)  
  • EPSY 5621: Construction of Evaluation Instruments (Gifted program recommendation)  
  • EPSY 6611: Hierarchical Linear Modeling  
  • EPSY 6615: Structural Equation Modeling  

Possible Additional Gifted Education Courses (based on students’ background and interests)  

  • Students should enroll in EPSY 5710: Introduction to Gifted Education and Talent Development (online course) if they enter the program without a strong gifted background.  
  • Students should enroll in EPSY 5720: Developing Schoolwide Enrichment Programs (summer course) or the free online SEM course if they enter the program without a firm understanding of the Schoolwide Enrichment Model.  
  • Students who anticipate accepting a position that involves training teachers in gifted education may wish to enroll in some of the following courses: EPSY 5740: Strategies for Differentiating the Grade Level Curriculum (fall on campus, summer online); EPSY 5750: Enhancing Creativity in the Classroom (summer on campus even years); EPSY 5760: Improving Students’ Thinking Skills (spring online); EPSY 5780: Social and Emotional Components of Giftedness and Talent Development (fall online).  
  • Research Methods, Measurement, and Evaluation

Competency 1: Research Methodology and Quantitative Expertise (24 credits or 8 courses)  

Courses for which students may test out:  

  • EPSY 5601: Introduction to Educational Research Methods*  
  • EPSY 5605: Introduction to Quantitative Methods I*  
  • EPSY 5607: Introduction to Quantitative Methods II*  

Required:  

  • EPSY 5610: Applied Regression Analysis  
  • EPSY 5613: Multivariate Analysis in Educational Research  
  • EPSY 6601: Methods and Techniques of Educational Research  
  • EPSY 6611: Hierarchical Linear Models  
  • EPSY 6619: Advanced Modeling Using Latent Variable Techniques  
  • EPSY 6651: Methods for Causal Inference from Educational Data  
  • EPSY 6655: Advanced Methods for Causal Inference from Data  

*Expected (equivalent or competency exam required to be waived) but do not count towards 24 credits in this area  

Competency 2: RMME: Theories, Methods and Models (21 credits or 7 courses)  

  • EPSY 5602: Educational Tests and Measurements  
  • EPSY 5621: Construction of Evaluation Instruments  
  • EPSY 6621: Program Evaluation  
  • EPSY 6194: Advanced Program Evaluation  
  • EPSY 6636: Measurement Theory and Application  
  • EPSY 6637: Item Response Theory  
  • EPSY 6638: Advanced Item Response Theory  

Competency 3: Theories of Educational Psychology (3 credits)  

  • EPSY 5510: Learning: Its Implications for Education**  

** Students may request to have this requirement waived if they have taken a graduate-level Educational Psychology or Learning course from another university and earned a B or better.  

Additional Coursework (12+ credits)  

Students must take a combination of elective courses and independent study/practica which total at least 12 credits. At least 3 of these credits must be from coursework and at least 3 of these credits must be from independent study/practica.  

Dissertation Research (15 credits)  

Students must also register for 15 credits of dissertation research.  

School Psychology

Discipline-Specific Knowledge:  

  • EPSY 5455 – History and Systems of Psychology  
  • EPSY 5194 - Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior  
  • PSYC 5140 - Foundations of Neuropsychology  
  • EPSY 5318 - Human Growth and Development  
  • EPSY 5194 – Advanced Social Psychology or EPSY 5570 – Current Topics in Social Psychology or EPSY 6750 – The Social Psychology of Stigma  
  • EPSY 5430 – Child Psychopathology  
  • EPSY 6601 - Methods and Techniques of Educational Research  
  • EPSY 5605 - Quantitative Methods in Research  
  • EPSY 5610 - Applied Regression Analysis  
  • EPSY 6651 - Introduction to Methods for Causal Inference Using Educational Data  

Profession-Wide Competencies:  

  • EPSY 5199 - Doctoral Seminar: Research in School Psychology   
  • EPSY 5408 - Ethics in Educational and Professional Psychology  
  • EPSY 5420- Roles and Functions of School Psychologists  
  • EPSY5450 - Issues in Cultural Diversity  
  • EPSY 5404 – Social Emotional Behavioral Assessment  
  • EPSY 5403 - Intellectual Assessment  
  • EPSY 5425 - Procedures in Academic Assessment  
  • EPSY 5445 - Counseling in School Psychological Practice  
  • EPSY 5405 - Applied Behavior Analysis  
  • EPSY 5440 – Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Intervention in Schools  
  • EPSY 5435 - Academic Intervention  
  • EPSY 5194 - Crisis Prevention & Intervention  
  • EPSY 5406 - Consultation   

Advanced Integrated Concentration (AIC) credits, including a minimum of 9 additional credits as approved by the major advisor.  

EPSY 6494 - Doctoral Practicum in School Psychology for a total of 18-24 semester hours across 6-8 semesters.  

EPSY 6491 - Doctoral Internship in School Psychology for a total of 12 semester hours.  

GRAD 6950 - Doctoral Dissertation Research (at least 15 credits must be included in the plan of study).  

Special Education

Each student will plan an individualized plan of study that includes required courses, recommended courses, and may include practicum and fieldwork opportunities.  

Required Courses  

Doctoral Seminars (12 Credits):  

  • EPSY 6194: Four doctoral seminars are required. These are designed to provide in-depth exploration and discussion of current topics in special education such as law and policy, issues relating to persons with behavior disorders and learning disabilities, literacy, theory and academic writing. These can be taken out of sequence, and occasionally, in a different program with the advisor’s approval.  

Research Methods (9 Credits):  

  • EPSY 5605: Quantitative Research Methods I (3 credits)  
  • EPSY 5610: Regression (3 credits) and/or EPSY 5607: Quantitative Research Methods II (3 credits)  
  • EPSY 6601: Methods and Techniques of Educational Research (3 credits)  

Learning Theory (3 Credits):  

  • EPSY 5510: Learning (or the equivalent; 3 credits)  

Area of Emphasis:  

  • A minimum of 12 credits (which could include independent study) provides an opportunity to develop expertise in a specialty area such as teacher education, cognitive and attention deficit disorders, early childhood special education, and postsecondary disability services.  

Dissertation Research (At Least 15 Credits Required):  

  • GRAD 6950: Doctoral Dissertation Research  

Recommended Courses  

  • EDCI 6000: Qualitative Methods of Educational Research (3 credits)  
  • EPSY 6499: Doctoral Practicum (1-6 credits). A practicum comprises an opportunity to apply theory in a student’s area of specialization or interest. This may be in conjunction with a graduate assistantship.  

Learn more about each Ph.D. in Educational Psychology concentration in their handbooks:

  • Learning Sciences 

Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent Development

  • Special Education 

Program Cost and Financial Aid

UConn’s Office of the Bursar maintains up-to-date costs for graduate students. The Ph.D. in Educational Psychology is considered a Program with Tuition and Mandatory Fees. Please visit the Bursar Office’s website for details.  

The total Cost of Attendance (COA) includes direct educational costs (i.e., tuition, fees, housing, and food) and indirect costs.  Indirect costs include books, course materials, supplies and equipment, transportation, miscellaneous personal expenses, loan fees, and professional licensure or certification, if applicable.  For additional information about the Cost of Attendance at UConn, please visit https://financialaid.uconn.edu/cost/ .  

The University of Connecticut offers a variety of financial aid options, in addition to state and federal assistance. Visit the Neag School’s doctoral programs overview page for Schoolwide financial aid information.

EPSY Scholars Program

The Department of Educational Psychology also offers the EPSY Scholars Program, which has the following goals:

  • To provide a mechanism for students to engage in research work that will result in peer-reviewed publications for the student.
  • To facilitate faculty opportunity to support and prepare high-achieving graduate students.

EPSY Scholars will receive a 10-hour graduate assistantship from the Department of Educational Psychology for up to four years, contingent on satisfactory academic standing and consistent completion of program requirements (i.e., annual submission of a progress update and plan for committee review). This is paired with an additional 10-hour graduate assistantship (provided by the advisor or program), so all EPSY Scholars will be fully funded for at least four years. The EPSY Scholars Program is intended to be a competitive program that will support recruitment of nationally competitive Ph.D. students and will facilitate these students’ engagement with active scholarship during their program.

How to Apply  

Prospective Educational Psychology doctoral scholars must meet the admission criteria of both the Graduate School and the Department of Educational Psychology.

Ph.D. applications are due by December 1 for admission the following Fall. Applicants who submit by December 1 will be considered for funding opportunities (graduate assistantships, teaching assistantships). Applications are welcome after December 1 but may not be eligible for funding.

Consideration for admission requires the following:

1. Complete the online application to the Graduate School . In the Intended Program section of the application, select:   

  • Level of Study: PhD/Doctoral  
  • Academic Areas: Education  
  • Program: Educational Psychology PhD
  • Concentration: choose from the list.
  • Campus: Storrs  
  • Entry Term: Fall 2025  

2. Upload the following materials electronically into the online application. The Admissions Committee cannot make a decision about your application until all materials are submitted:  

  • Transcripts of all collegiate work completed to date, graduate and undergraduate   
  • Contact information for 3 individuals who can submit letters of recommendation on your behalf.  
  • Complete the Residence Affidavit  
  • GRE scores only if you are applying to the School Psychology or Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent Development concentrations. All other concentrations do not require GRE scores, but you are welcome to submit them as supplemental materials.  
  • TOEFL Scores (if an international student)   
  • Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae  
  • Learning Sciences  

For questions related to the Learning Sciences concentration, contact:  

Professor Michael Coyne with schoolchildren

Michael Coyne

Professor and Department Head

Educational Psychology

Email: [email protected]

For questions related to the Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent Development concentration, contact:  

Catherine Little

Catherine Little

Professor, Educational Psychology

Email: [email protected]  

For questions related to the Research Methods, Measurement, and Evaluation concentration, contact:  

Chris Rhoads

Christopher Rhoads

Associate Professor of Educational Psychology  

Research Methods, Measurement and Evaluation

Email: [email protected]

For questions related to the School Psychology concentration, contact:  

Melissa Bray

Melissa A. Bray

Professor of Educational Psychology  

Email: [email protected]

For questions related to the Special Education concentration, contact:  

Allison Lombardi

Allison Lombardi

Associate Professor of Educational Psychology

Email: [email protected]

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Whether you want to work with young people or adults, a Ph.D. in educational psychology gives you the practical and research skills to help you succeed.

Doctoral students study theories of learning, lifespan development, and psychology research methods. Online doctorates in educational psychology help build strong analysis and applied research skills.

We listed the top online doctoral programs in educational psychology on this page in alphabetical order. Learn how to find the right program, common coursework and graduation requirements, and educational psychology career paths.

Educational Psychology Ph.D. Quick Facts

  • Credits Required: 63-98 credits
  • Completion Time: 3-7 years
  • Average Cost: $400-$950/credit
  • Admission Requirements: 3.0 GPA, resume, letters of recommendation, professional writing sample, statement of purpose, GRE scores
  • Key Skills Learned: Research, measurement, and evaluation; knowledge of learning and development; application of research methods, effective communication of research

Featured Online Psychology Programs

Learn about start dates, transferring credits, availability of financial aid, and more by contacting the universities below.

The Best Online Doctorate in Educational Psychology Programs

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#1 Best Online Doctorate in Educational Psychology

Regent University

  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • Online + Campus

The Ed.D. in educational psychology program at Regent University allows students to earn a doctorate in an online learning format. With flexible enrollment options, the private school helps degree-seekers complete their doctoral studies. Enrollees receive research support and participate in scholarly events.

In the online educational psychology program, learners complete doctoral coursework and strengthen advanced skills. After meeting coursework requirements, doctoral candidates pass a comprehensive examination and conduct research for an original dissertation or project. With an educational psychology doctorate, graduates can work in academia, research positions, and leadership roles.

At the accredited institution, doctoral students can qualify for several forms of financial aid. Prospective applicants can contact the program for more about financial aid and admission requirements.

Regent University at a Glance:

Online Student Enrollment: 9,507

Online Master's Programs: 37

Online Doctoral Programs: 12

Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 29-to-1

Graduate Tuition Rate: $15,552

#2 Best Online Doctorate in Educational Psychology

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

  • Los Angeles, CA

The Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology enrolls online learners. With its flexible format, the private university makes doctoral studies more accessible. Doctoral students strengthen their research skills and present in academic conferences.

Learners complete doctoral coursework during the online educational psychology program. Doctoral candidates pass comprehensive examinations and conduct research for their dissertation. As the highest degree in educational psychology, the doctorate trains graduates for academic, research, and leadership careers.

Doctoral students can qualify for federal financial aid and fellowships at the accredited institution. Contact the counselor education program for more information about doctoral admission requirements.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at a Glance:

Online Student Enrollment: 2,459

Online Master's Programs: 9

Online Doctoral Programs: 6

Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 5-to-1

Graduate Tuition Rate: $21,564

#3 Best Online Doctorate in Educational Psychology

University of Georgia

The University of Georgia offers an online Ed.S. in educational psychology for doctoral students. The public university provides flexible enrollment options for degree-seekers. Doctoral students strengthen their research skills and present in academic conferences.

Learners take doctoral classes during the educational psychology program. After passing comprehensive examinations, doctoral candidates choose a dissertation topic and conduct research in their specialty area. A doctorate in educational psychology trains graduates for roles in research, academia, and leadership.

The accredited institution meets federal requirements for financial aid support. Prospective applicants can contact the program to learn more about financial aid opportunities and the admission process.

University of Georgia at a Glance:

Online Student Enrollment: 5,389

Online Master's Programs: 16

Online Doctoral Programs: 1

Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 17-to-1

Graduate Tuition Rate: $8,878

What Is an Online Ph.D. in Educational Psychology?

A doctoral program in educational psychology provides advanced training in psychological methods, research, and practice. Graduate students study the process of human learning, including how we understand things, communicate new information to others, and create new knowledge. They conduct original research, write a dissertation, and complete an internship or practicum to prepare for roles in psychology practice.

During a doctoral program, educational psychology students strengthen their research and analytical skills. By blending the fields of psychology and education, graduate students build the skills required for career paths in psychology, research, and education. For example, a doctorate meets the requirements for academic roles, such as psychology professor. Graduates can also work in research, training and development, school psychology, and instructional development.

Earning a doctorate requires a significant investment of both time and money. Before considering a doctorate in educational psychology, prospective students should make sure they meet admission requirements.

Some Ph.D. in educational psychology programs require a master's degree for admission, while others admit applicants with a bachelor's degree. Programs may expect candidates to have a psychology degree or meet course prerequisite requirements to enter the program. Applicants with a master's degree may qualify for a fast track within their doctoral program. Admission requirements often include a minimum GPA and standardized test scores.

Choosing an Online Doctoral Educational Psychology Program

Finding the right educational psychology doctoral program can positively impact your education and career opportunities. Carefully research schools to ensure you make the right choice. Factors such as cost, program length, and delivery format can help you narrow your options and find a good fit for your schedule and academic needs.

Consider whether the program offers specializations in your area of interest? Does the program emphasize practice, research, or both? What options do doctoral students have for faculty advisors? Answering these questions can help you find the program that best meets your needs.

Accreditation for Online Educational Psychology Degree Programs

Prospective applicants should always choose an accredited educational psychology program. Regionally accredited schools and programs meet the highest standards for educating students in psychology. Accredited universities can also distribute federal financial aid to students, and they are more likely to transfer credits from other accredited institutions.

Many psychology careers require an accredited degree. For example, licensed psychologists must attend a psychology doctoral program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) to apply for a license. The APA does not currently accredit any fully online doctoral psychology programs, though several accredited programs offer coursework partially online. Learn more about why accreditation matters in our accreditation guide .

What Else Can I Expect From a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology Program?

An educational psychology degree emphasizes research and analytical skills. During a doctorate in educational psychology, graduate students take courses in human development, theories of learning, and the instructional process. They design and implement research studies and analyze the results to write a dissertation.

Doctoral candidates focus their training through specialized courses in areas like educational technology, the psychology of motivation, and instructional design. Many programs also incorporate practicum requirements, which provide experience in educational psychology for doctoral candidates considering careers in psychology practice.

This section introduces common educational psychology courses and the requirements for earning a doctorate.

Common Courses for an Online Doctorate in Educational Psychology

  • Lifespan Development: Students explore developmental milestones that occur in the prenatal, childhood, adolescent, adult, and late-adult stages of life. They examine the impact of genetic and environmental factors on human development, as well as strategies and interventions used to promote and sustain healthy developmental processes.
  • Human Motivation: Educational psychologists must understand what forces drive students' behaviors in order to support academic achievement and social and emotional development. This class provides an overview of the diverse historical and contemporary theories behind human motivation, with a particular emphasis on children and adolescents.
  • Theories of Learning: The best educational psychologists understand the full range of how student learning takes place. This class covers theories of learning, including constructivism, behaviorism, cognitivism, gestalt, information processing, and humanism. It also reviews theories of cognitive processes, such as language and memory.
  • Psychology of the Exceptional Individual: Educational psychologists often work with students who deviate significantly from the norm in behavior and achievement. This can mean counseling students with physical or learning disabilities, or it can involve working with exceptionally gifted or talented students. The course emphasizes the importance of inclusion and diverse learning environments.
  • Ethics and Standards of Psychology: To prepare students for the realities of their profession, many online Ph.D. in educational psychology programs feature coursework on ethics and professional standards. Students confront the ethical dilemmas that often arise in academia, individual counseling, and when working within diverse communities. This course also introduces students to ethical questions they may face if a client becomes involved in the legal system.

How Long Does It Take to Complete an Online Doctorate in Educational Psychology Program?

Earning a Ph.D. in educational psychology online usually takes 3-7 years, but this can vary depending on a few factors.

The first stage in earning your doctoral degree is completing required coursework. Students often take these classes as part of a cohort, meaning they learn alongside their peers as they progress through the program together. However, some programs may be self-paced, allowing students to proceed at their own speed. Most full-time students finish their coursework in 2-3 years.

The second stage of earning a psychology doctoral degree is completing a dissertation. Generally speaking, students work with a faculty advisor on their dissertations, but they do the majority of their research and writing independently and at their own pace. When finished, students defend their dissertation in front of a faculty committee. Most full-time students complete the dissertation process in 1-4 years.

Paying for Your Online Doctorate in Educational Psychology Degree

The first step toward earning an educational psychology Ph.D. online is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA connects eligible students with various kinds of financial support, including grants, loans, and work-study opportunities.

Students do not need to pay back federal grants or work-study wages, but they do need to repay loans. However, federal loans have relatively low interest rates, and the federal government may also forgive all or a portion of a loan if a student works in public service for a set period of time.

Many states and private organizations offer scholarships to students based on academic achievement, community service, or financial need. Teachers looking to transition to a career as an educational psychologist may also qualify for discounted tuition or tuition reimbursement, depending on the program and their employer.

Finally, students can apply for private student loans. While these loans can be helpful in financing a part of the total cost of education, students should avoid taking out private loans to cover the majority of their tuition and other expenses. Private loans typically have higher interest rates than federal loans, and private loan organizations usually do not forgive loans for public service.

Educational Psychology Jobs

A Ph.D. in educational psychology helps prepare graduates for a variety of careers. While many work directly as researchers or academics, a doctorate can also lead to opportunities as training and development managers, school psychologists, or student development directors.

Educational psychologists can also work in private practice or pursue roles in instructional design, educational coordination, or counseling. Learn more about the typical salaries and job outlooks for common educational psychology careers .

Training and Development Manager

Training and development managers oversee an organization's human resources. They conduct assessments to determine training needs, design programs, and manage training and development specialists. They also evaluate programs and instructors, manage training budgets, and update current training programs. A background in educational psychology helps training and development managers create programs and instructional methods.

  • Median Salary : $120,000
  • Projected Job Growth (2022-2032): 6%

School Psychologist

School psychologists use their understanding of human behavior to support student learning. They may help students address emotional problems, design and implement plans to boost academic performance, or collaborate with teachers and administrators to develop broader teaching and learning strategies. Many school psychologists hold a doctoral degree like an online educational psychology Ph.D.

  • Median Salary : $85,330

Postsecondary Teacher in Psychology

Postsecondary teachers instruct and advise students at colleges and universities. They also conduct psychological research or publish articles in educational psychology. While a master's degree may be sufficient for jobs at community colleges, most 4-year schools require a doctoral degree.

  • Median Salary : $80,840
  • Projected Job Growth (2022-2032): 8%

Instructional Coordinators

Rather than working with individual students, instructional coordinators design, implement, and assess school curricula and teaching standards. Instructional coordinators often need an advanced degree, and online educational psychology Ph.D. programs can help students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to create strong learning experiences for students.

  • Median Salary : $66,490
  • Projected Job Growth (2022-2032): 2%

School Counselor

School counselors support the academic and social-emotional development of students. They evaluate a student's abilities or aptitude through various assessments; work to address issues that affect school performance; and help administrators create programs and policies meant to curb bullying, drug use, or other problems. School counselors usually hold an advanced degree.

  • Median Salary : $60,140
  • Projected Job Growth (2022-2032): 5%

Behavioral Disorder or Mental Health Counselor

After earning an educational psychology Ph.D. online, some graduates may work exclusively with students with behavioral or mental health conditions. These professionals often collaborate with schools and educational organizations, but they may also work at treatment centers or in private practice. These positions typically require an advanced degree.

  • Median Salary : $49,710
  • Projected Job Growth (2022-2032): 18%

Frequently Asked Questions About Educational Psychologist

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What do educational psychologists do?

Educational psychologists research how people learn new information and develop instructional methods. They conduct research and work with children, adults, and other education professionals.

How do you become an educational psychologist?

Educational psychologists often hold a doctorate in their field, which meets the requirements for roles as school psychologists, educational psychologists, and psychology professors.

What is the difference between school psychology and educational psychology?

School psychologists focus their training on working with children, while educational psychologists work with adults and children. Educational psychologists also approach learning from a broader perspective.

How many years does it take to become an educational psychologist?

Earning a Ph.D. in educational psychology typically takes at least 3-5 years. Depending on the dissertation process, earning a Ph.D. can even take up to 7-8 years.

How much money do educational psychologists make?

Educational psychologists earn a median salary of $85,330 , according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Those working for the government earn higher median salaries of around $106,690 per year.

Do you need a Ph.D. to be an educational psychologist?

Many advanced roles in educational psychology, including researchers and professors, require a doctorate. Though, some positions may hire candidates with a master's degree and relevant experience.

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For Fall 2024 admissions, the TC School Psychology programs have retained use of the GRE scores

Faculty use the scores, along with undergraduate GPA, letters of recommendation, the personal statement, and other materials to perform a holistic review of each applicant. There is no minimum GRE cutoff score for either the EdM or PhD program in School Psychology.

For Fall 2024 admissions, the following faculty members will be reviewing PhD applications from external students (i.e., students not already in our EdM program): Dr. Melissa Collier-Meek [email protected] . Please indicate in your personal statement which of these faculty you are applying to work with.

The Ph.D. program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). For general information about APA accreditation or specific information about the accreditation status of our program contact:

Jacqueline Remondet Wall, Ph.D. Director, Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association  750 First Street, NE Washington, DC 20002-4242 (202) 336-5979 /  http://www.apa.org

If you have questions regarding the accreditation of the program by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) contact:

Natalie Politikos, Ph.D. National Association of School Psychologists 4340 East West Highway Suite 402 Bethesda, MD 20814 301-657-4155 / http://www.nasponline.org

Our Ph.D. program requires a minimum of 90 points. Attainment of the doctoral degree prepares students for certification as a school psychologist and licensure as a psychologist. On average, doctoral students should plan on five years of full-time attendance, including summers. This includes three years of coursework, a two-semester externship in the third year, a full-year internship during the fifth year, and a dissertation. The program can be completed in 5.2 years (enter in September of Year 1, graduate in October of Year 5 as internships end on either June 30 or August 31 and the next graduation date is early October) if students begin a program of research early in the program and complete the doctoral certification requirements (research methods examination, theoretical and empirical paper) by the 4th year of the program. Typically, most of the coursework (including practica, fieldwork, and externship) is completed by the end of the third year if the student completes only the one required externship. However, for many years, all students have completed two externships to make themselves more competitive in the APPIC match (one in a clinical setting, one in a public school), extending externship into the 4th year. Some students have chosen to do a third externship if they are specializing in intellectual disabilities/autism or child neuropsychology. The third externship increases competitiveness in the internship match and postdoctoral competition. The 4th and 5th (or 6th) years are devoted to dissertation and internship.

For more detailed information about our program, please download our Student Handbook.

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D., 90 points)

Our American Psychological Association (APA)- and National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)- accredited doctoral program (Ph.D.) requires a minimum of 90 points. Students may have to complete courses in addition to those included in the curriculum if their advisor deems it necessary (e.g., an extra statistics course). Attainment of the doctoral degree prepares students for certification as a school psychologist and licensure as a psychologist. On average, doctoral students should plan on five years of full-time attendance, including summers. This includes three years of coursework, a two-semester externship in the third year, a full-year internship during the fifth year, and a dissertation.

Suggested Sequence of Courses by Year and Semester

Fall (12 credits)

HBSK5320(3) Individual Psychological Testing I*

HBSK4025(3) Professional and Ethical Functions of School Psychologists

HBSK4073(3) Childhood Disorders*

HUDM4122(3) Probability and Statistical Inference (most semesters)

HBSK657_(0) Research Practicum

Spring (15 credits)

HBSK5321(3) Individual Psychological Testing II*

HBSK5378(3) Practicum in Psychoeducational Assessment of School Subject Difficulties*

HBSK5050(3) Cognitive and Behavioral Interventions for Youth

HBSK6380(3) Practicum in Psychoeducational Assessment with Culturally Diverse Students

HBSE 4015(3)  Applied Behavior Analysis I

Summer (6 credits)

HUDM5122(3) Applied Regression Analysis (most semesters)

ORL5362(3)    Group Dynamics: A Systems Perspective (most semesters)

Second Year

Fall (13 credits)

ORLJ5040(3)   Research Methods in Social Psychology

HBSK5280(4)   Fieldwork in School Psychological Services

HBSK6584(3)   Seminar: School Psychology Consultation

HBSK6382(3)   Advanced Practicum in Psychoeducational Interventions in Schools

HBSK657_(0)   Research Practicum

Spring (18 credits)

HBSK5031(3) Family as the Context for Child Development

HBSK5280(4) Fieldwork in School Psychological Services

HBSK 6362(3) Group Work with Children & Adolescents

HBSK 4030 (3)   Multicultural Issues in School Psychology

BBS 5069 (2)  Brain and behavior I

Summer (8 credits)

HUDM5059(3) Psychological Measurement

HUDM5123(3) Linear Models and Experimental Design

BBS 5069 (1)   Brain and behavior II

Fall (5 credits)

HBSK5271(2)  Supervised Externship in Psychoeducational Practice (Section 1)

HBSK657_(0)  Research Practicum

HUDK6520(3) Seminar in Lifespan Developmental Psychology (offered every other year)

HBSK4074(3)   Development of Reading Comprehension

Spring (6 credits)

HBSK5096(3)  Psychology of Memory: Cognitive and Affective Bases

HBSK5273(1)  Supervised Experience in Supervision

HBSK 6383 (3)    Neuropsychological Assessment of Children and Adults

HBSK657_(0)  Research Practicum: 

Summer (3 credits)

CCPX6020(3) History and Systems of Psychology

Fourth Year

Fall (4 credits)

ORLJ5540 (3) Pro-seminar in Social Psychology

HBSK7503(1) Dissertation Seminar**

HBSK5271(0) Supervised Externship in Psychoeducational Practice (Section 2)

Spring (0 credits)

HBSK8902(0) Dissertation Advisement

HBSK6480(0)  School Psychology Internship

PLEASE NOTE

The following courses, which are included in a fall or spring semester in the suggested sequence can be taken in the summer. However, before deciding to take any of the following in the summer, please consult with your advisor.

1. HUDM4122, Probability and Statistical Inference (most semesters)

2. HBSK4074, Development of Reading Comprehension

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Los Angeles , CA

  • # 11 in Educational Psychology

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New York , NY

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University Park , PA

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Doctor of Philosophy

Educational Psychology

Investigate the mental processes of learning.

Learn how to ask scholarly questions and research the different ways people acquire and process knowledge as infants, children, adolescents, adults, and elders. 

Coursework for the PhD in Educational Psychology prepares you to conduct informed scientific inquiry in areas of human behavior, cognition, and development related to educational experiences in homes, schools, group settings, and workplaces.

The apprenticeship-mentor model of the program enables you to develop expert-level research skills and gain teaching experience that can help you become a successful research scholar, college instructor, university professor, or practicing educational psychologist.

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The PhD in Educational Psychology is a research-based program in which you learn how to generate new scientific knowledge related to psychological aspects of human development, learning, and performance.  

Core Courses

One course in each of five of the following core subjects:

  • Development
  • Individual Differences and Special Education
  • Research Methods
  • Measurement and Evaluation

Doctoral Courses

  • Advanced Educational Psychology: Learning and Instruction
  • Advanced Developmental Psychology
  • Statistical Methods II
  • Educational and Psychological Measurement
  • Educational Research and Design
  • Scholarly Writing

Five advanced courses that support your goals in any of the core subject areas.

Research Experience

As a doctoral student at UAlbany, you get first-hand experience conducting scientific inquiry under the guidance of educational psychology research faculty. During your course of study, you may be involved in any or all phases of a research project, from problem identification to data analysis to publication of findings.

Professional Apprenticeship

To complete the PhD program, you also complete two semesters of a professional apprenticeship directly related to your career goals. This advanced training period can provide useful training in undergraduate instruction. For example, you might teach an undergraduate course in educational psychology, provide test and measurement consulting services, or advise master's students.

Research Tool

Three options are available for fulfilling the research tool requirement. See the Graduate Bulletin for details .

Pre-Dissertation Research

The pre-dissertation research requirement ensures that you engage in the research process prior to the initiation of your dissertation. You will have opportunities to participate in research activities in collaboration with or supervised by faculty mentors. Most students satisfy this requirement through a research apprenticeship.

Comprehensive Exam

The doctoral exam addresses learning, development, statistics, measurement and research methods.

Dissertation

Complete an original research project that contributes to the body of knowledge of educational psychology.

Additional Information

See the Graduate Bulletin for details .

For more information, contact Melissa Starman at [email protected] .

The University at Albany offers a number of annual assistantships and fellowships that provide qualified graduate students with stipends and partial or full tuition remission. Stipends vary year to year.

Work assignments also vary, but commonly include teaching, international research, student advisement, and tasks within one of UAlbany's educational research centers.

To receive this type of funding, you must be taking 12 or more credits and not be employed in any other capacity at UAlbany or elsewhere.

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Students and faculty in educational psychology are an active and engaged intellectual community. Your graduate school experience is enhanced by the registered graduate student organization (RGSO), which organizes student orientations and social gatherings.

This group provides you with faculty support, peer mentorship, and opportunities to develop special skills in preparation for faculty positions or research careers.

The RGSO also offers conference travel and research funding.

Departmental Assistantship Consideration

Fall: January 15 Spring: Not Available Summer: Not Available  

No Departmental Assistantship Consideration

Fall: January 15 Spring: Not Available Summer: Not Available

  • Transcripts from all schools attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of goals
  • Optional: Official GRE scores

The statement is generally one to two pages discussing what you have to offer the program and what you wish to get out of the program. It should include a brief description of the applicant's field of interest, related background, desired area of study and research emphasis or career goals. 

Available information for  International Applicants .

This program requires an internship, field experience, study abroad component, or clinical experience requirement. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions.  If applicants have concerns about this matter please contact the Dean’s Office of the intended academic program.

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

  • Students will understand current theory and research in human development, learning, research design, measurement, and statistical analysis.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate that they can read and write critically and analytically about theory, research, and practice.
  • Students will be able to design and carry out rigorous and theoretically well-grounded empirical research that addresses important educational and developmental issues and problems.
  • Students will learn how to make significant contributions to the field through professional presentations in national and international forums and conferences, and through publications in high-quality peer-reviewed journals.
  • Students will demonstrate effective teaching skills in higher education, or competence in other relevant professional contexts.

Careers and Advisement

The Pathways Into Education (PIE) Center is the central office on campus serving undergraduate, graduate, and prospective students interested in pursuing careers in education and programs leading to teacher certification.

Please call or email to schedule an appointment.

Graduate Advisement: Email Graduate Advisement 518-442-3529

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Supplemental degree programs.

Graduate students can typically request a supplemental degree in one or more subordinate degrees without needing to go through the full admissions process again.

Visit the Supplemental Degree Programs page to learn how to apply for these programs.

Supplemental programs available with this degree:

Supplemental Program Africana Studies CGS Community College Leadership CGS Demography CGS Educational Psychology and Methodology MS Educational Research CAS International Education Management CGS

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Educational Psychology & Research Methodology

Graduate Programs

To attain the expertise needed to address major issues in education, students enroll in our research-oriented doctoral program. This program requires a dissertation and entails 60 hours of graduate credit beyond a completed master’s degree. These credits include 45-50 credit hours of graduate courses and 10-15 credit hours of dissertation research designed by each student with the approvals of his or her advisory committee and the departmental graduate committee.

Each student’s primary area of study includes foundational education courses, specialized education courses, and five research methods courses. Graduate students in educational psychology or gifted education receive credit for courses in which they earn a grade of “B” or higher.

This residential program has rolling admission . Incomplete applications are not reviewed. Applications must be fully complete and submitted (including all required materials) and all application fees paid prior to the deadline in order for applications to be considered and reviewed. For a list of all required materials for this program application, please see the “Admissions” section below.

  • July 1 is the deadline for Fall applications.
  • November 15 is the deadline for Spring applications.
  • March 15 is the deadline for Summer applications.

*Those applicants interested in being considered for any available PhD funding should submit completed applications by December 1 for the following Fall semester .

This program does not lead to licensure in the state of Indiana or elsewhere. Contact the College of Education Office of Teacher Education and Licensure (OTEL) at [email protected] before continuing with program application if you have questions regarding licensure or contact your state Department of Education about how this program may translate to licensure in your state of residence.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Application Instructions for the Educational Psychology and Research Methodology PhD program from the Office of Graduate Studies:

In addition to a submitted application (and any applicable application fees paid), all completed materials must be submitted by the application deadline in order for an application to be considered complete and forwarded on to faculty and the Purdue Graduate School for review.

Here are the materials required for this application:

  • Transcripts (from all universities attended)
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • 3 Recommendations
  • Academic Statement of Purpose
  • Personal History Statement
  • International Applicants must meet English Proficiency Requirements set by the Purdue Graduate School

We encourage prospective students to submit an application early, even if not all required materials are uploaded. Applications are not forwarded on for faculty review until all required materials are uploaded.

When submitting your application for this program, please select the following options:

  • Select a Campus: Purdue West Lafayette (PWL)
  • Select your proposed graduate major: Educational Studies
  • Please select an Area of Interest: Educational Psychology
  • Please select a Degree Objective: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Primary Course Delivery: Residential

Program Requirements

I. departmental foundation requirement.

Two graduate level foundational statistics courses by advisement (6) One departmental advanced research methods course (3):

  • EDPS 63000 – Research Procedures in Education

II. Primary Area Core Requirements

Two of the following (6):

  • EDPS 53000 – Advanced Educational Psychology
  • EDPS 53600 – Achievement Motivation and Performance
  • EDPS 53500 – Personal and Social Development

Nine credits of enrollment in Variable Title/Variable Credit Seminars (9) One course (other than EDPS 53300/EDPS 63000) by advisement in research methodology/measurement (3)

III. Primary Area of Specialization

Four electives by advisement. Must be different from courses taken to meet requirements in II above (12)

IV. Related Area

Three electives by advisement from an area of study outside of educational psychology (must be different from courses taken to meet Requirements in II & III above). (9)

V. Thesis Credits

Multiple enrollments in EDPS 69900 (Research PhD Thesis) are expected while working on the thesis. Typically, students take 15-21 hours of EDPS 69900 credit for a PhD degree. (15) Total Credits: 63+

Supplemental Program Information

Areas of specialization.

Typical specializations include:

  • Cognition and Learning
  • Self-Regulated Learning
  • Educational Measurement
  • Data Analytics
  • Personal-Social Development and Schooling

See Educational Psychology and Research Methodology Faculty for their areas of expertise.

NOT accepting graduate students: Brenda Downing, Youli Mantzicopoulos, and David Sears.

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  • Education for Work and Community
  • Elementary Education
  • English Education
  • English Language Learning
  • Learning Design and Technology
  • Literacy and Language Education
  • Mathematics Education
  • Science Education
  • Social Studies Education
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Counseling and Development
  • Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
  • Educational Psychology and Research Methodology
  • Gifted Education
  • Special Education

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The Educational Psychology Ph.D. program provides students with both the scholarly and applied aspects of the field of educational psychology. The program offers an integrated degree that requires mastery of theory and content knowledge in educational psychology as well as expertise in relevant statistical and multiple methodological research methods.

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Learn how to apply research in educational psychology to educational practice, policy, and teaching

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Study and examine theories of psychological thought, student development, and socialization in instructional settings

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Gain hands-on experience in research and college-level teaching

Sample courses.

See Required Coursework .

The program prepares students for both teaching and research careers, primarily in colleges and universities, but also in school settings, testing firms, industry, and research organization.

For more information about the program, contact Jessica Summers .  

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School psychology PhD

Become a leader in helping schools and communities succeed.

Accredited by APA and approved by NASP/NCATE, the doctoral program in school psychology prepares you to become a leader in the field of school psychology. You’ll be eligible to receive your state and national school psychologist credential, and the license to practice psychology. You can become a university faculty member, conduct research, work with students, staff, and families in schools, or work with children and youth in other settings as a licensed psychologist.

Why study school psychology at the University of Minnesota?

  • Challenging, cutting edge training preparation with a focus on justice and equity
  • 100% of our students are employed in their field within a year of graduation*
  • One of the strongest, most established programs in the nation
  • Innovative faculty and students who are state and national leaders
  • Faculty commitment to and expertise in diversity, educational equity, student mental health, and social justice
  • Over $10 million in research and graduate training grants
  • Compassionate, nimble in responding to COVID-19
  • Committed to advancing antiracism
  • 85-100% of students present and publish research each year*
  • Fieldwork in diverse, urban schools. Start your first semester as part of robust peer teams.
  • Accredited/approved by APA and NASP
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School psychologists: in-demand and well-compensated

  • 100% of our students are employed in the field upon graduation*
  • Expected employment growth: 11% between 2012 and 2022**
  • Mean 9-month salary (full-time, school-based practitioner): $64,000-$71,000***
  • Mean 9-month salary (university faculty): $77,800***
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*Percentages of students since 2012 **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ***National Association of School Psychologists

Doctoral-level (PhD) school psychologists

Doctoral-level school psychologists: work in schools, universities (as faculty), mental health agencies, research centers and think tanks, clinical settings, state departments of education, and independent practices. The program emphasizes preparation of future faculty, so all students are trained not only as researchers, but in higher education teaching, supervision, and mentoring.

What to expect

Note: We no longer require GRE test scores for application and admission to the program.

All application materials must be received December 1 for admission in September of the following year. Files not complete by December 1 will not be reviewed.

School psychology PhD students generally complete four years of coursework and dissertation, followed by a year-long internship. All students prepare to become scientist-practitioners through coursework in research methods and statistics, and the completion of a supervised research project.

  • See the program handbook for a full description of research expectations and requirements.
  • Visit the educational psychology PhD course catalog for full course listings and descriptions.

Visit the College of Education and Human Development finance and funding page for information on tuition.

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  • College of Education and Human Development funding
  • Graduate School fellowships

Review our frequently asked questions or program handbook .

The following faculty are currently accepting doctoral advisees.

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Birkmaier Education Leadership Professor, program coordinator Currently accepting doctoral advisees.

Instructors and supervisors

Annie hansen-burke.

Senior lecturer

Jessie Kember

Teaching assistant professor, fieldwork coordinator, and director of clinical placements

Mollie Weeks

Sarah wollersheim shervey.

The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association.

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Howard University’s commitment to preparing educational leaders dates back to 1890. Howard University’s School of Education (HUSOE) is not a newcomer to urban education; rather, for nearly a century and a half, it has been quietly actualizing its mission to improve and expand educational opportunity and access, particularly for African Americans and other underserved communities.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Educational Psychology The PhD in educational psychology emphasizes the practical application of learning and development theories to the study of human behavior. Students majoring in educational psychology pursue an empirically based interdisciplinary program of study. The primary objective of the program is to produce psychologists who are capable of performing scholarly research and evaluation studies and practitioners who are skillful in applying principles of psychology to the resolution of developmental and educational problems. In particular, graduates are expected to think critically; analyze and solve problems; make ethical decisions; apply knowledge by linking theory with practice; understand and use technology; know and understand self, history, and community; assume leadership roles in the global community; and demonstrate knowledge, sensitivity, and skill in working with special needs and diverse populations.

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Doctor of Philosophy

The School of Education accepts applications for all doctoral programs for the Fall semester only. The application deadline for the doctoral program in Educational Psychology is December 1st and all application materials must be submitted at that time, including official GRE general results.

Degree Requirements

Students seeking the Ph.D. degree must complete a total of 91 semester hours of graduate credit beyond the master's degree, including up to 12 credits in dissertation research.

Students without adequate background in specific areas of the program may be required to complete additional credits beyond the minimum. Up to 24 graduate credits from a completed master's degree program may be applied toward the minimum requirements of 91 credit hours. This is normally done by accepting the master's degree required for admission.

Qualifying Examinations

At various points in their studies, doctoral students must pass both written and oral qualifying examinations. These examinations fall into two categories: the written comprehensive examination, and the oral defense of dissertation.

The comprehensive examination is administered at the completion of the first two years of course work for the degree. It will cover in-depth the major field. Candidates must pass this examination within five calendar years after the beginning of the first term during which credit that is counted toward the degree was earned.

The oral examination is based primarily on the candidate's field of research and related areas of study.

Students whose performance on the comprehensive examination is unsatisfactory may request reexamination after a minimum of one term. Failure to pass the second examination constitutes cause for removal from the program at the option of the Examining Committee and/or the Dean. Should the student fail the comprehensive exam twice, the accumulated course work may be applied to either the M.Ed. or the Advanced Certificate program in the School of Education if recommended by the Department.

Admission to Candidacy

Admission to graduate work is not tantamount to admission to candidacy. A student will be admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree after: passing the written comprehensive examination; certification by the department of competency in English; passing the protfolio requirement; developing an approved dissertation proposal; securing Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval for the dissertation research project; receiving the recommendation of the major department; securing approval of the Executive Committee of the School of Education and of the Graduate School.

Upon the student's admission to candidacy, the major department will appoint a committee of at least three members to supervise the studies upon which the student's dissertation will be based and will inform the Dean of the Graduate School of the personnel of the committee.

Candidacy for the Ph.D. degree is valid for not more than five calendar years. Any student whose candidacy has expired may make application to the department for readmission. The department in which the student is seeking the degree determines the conditions under which the applicant may be reinstated, subject to approval of the Executive Committees of the School of Education and the Graduate School.

Residence Requirements

A minimum of six (6) credit hours per semester constitutes full-time residency. A student must be in residence in the Graduate School for at least four (4) semesters in order to be recommended for a degree. Credits transferred from other accredited graduate institutions may not be used to meet the residency requirement.

Caution to Prospective Students

The Board of Trustees of Howard University on September 24, 1983, adopted the following policy statement regarding applications for admission: "Applicants seeking admission to Howard University are required to submit accurate and complete credentials and accurate and complete information requested by the University. Applicants who fail to do so shall be denied admission. Enrolled students who as applicants failed to submit accurate and complete credentials or accurate and complete information on their application for admission shall be subject to dismissal when the same is made known, regardless of classification."

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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.

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

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

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  • This program requires a total of 84 quarter credits
  • You’ll need to complete seven core courses, seven specialization courses, three virtual residency courses and four dissertation courses

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Students in the PhD in Psychology, Educational Psychology specialization acquire a broad base of knowledge associated with learning, cognition, instruction, development and research. Core coursework provides a foundation of the science of psychology, and specialization coursework provides depth within the discipline of educational psychology. The curriculum provides students the opportunity to pursue a specific concentration within the program. This specialization is not designed or intended to meet licensure requirements for any licensed profession.

This specialization is designed to help you gain the following skills related to this field:

  • Design, plan and conduct research and evaluation to advance knowledge and practice in educational psychology and related disciplines
  • Apply scientifically established principles and knowledge from the study of human development and motivation to the practice of educational psychology
  • Discern how humans learn, process and communicate information to create knowledge
  • Respect individuality and embrace diversity
  • Perform ethically in personal and professional interactions
  • Communicate professionally in the field of psychology

Review the Capella career exploration guide to learn more about this program and career opportunities.

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How much does the  phd in psychology cost.

The total cost of your degree will depend on academic performance, transfer credits, scholarships and other factors, including: See GuidedPath cost information below.

A structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.

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Applicants must provide the following information for  admission  to Capella programs and specializations:

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  • A master’s degree from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, or from an internationally recognized institution
  •  Your official master’s transcripts, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • A valid, government-issued form of photo identification

GRE and GMAT are not required for admission.

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If you completed your most recent academic coursework, degree, or credential at an institution outside the United States, regardless of your citizenship or where you currently live, you are considered an international applicant.

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Updated March 1, 2024

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What is educational psychology, and what are the best educational psychology schools? Education psychology studies how people learn and how to improve learning outcomes.

This guide identifies the top schools, describes what to consider when choosing an educational psychology program, and answers your questions about careers. Keep reading to learn more about the best educational psychology programs

What to Look For in an Educational Psychology Program

The best educational psychology program for you depends on the curriculum, the school's quality and reputation, specialty courses in the areas that interest you, cost and financial aid , staff-to-student ratio, admission requirements , and the logistics of attending, especially if you plan to attend an online program.

Educational psychology degrees at the graduate level include more extensive practical experience requirements than undergraduate programs, so be sure you can find local placement or are willing to travel for your internship. This guide only lists accredited programs , so you can pick from this list with confidence.

Practical Experience Requirements

During a bachelor's program, you complete observation time in a live professional setting and participate in a summer or part-time internship. In graduate school, practicums and internships are a vital and required part of the curriculum.

In a practicum, students observe professionals working in the field and discuss observations. Generally, these are part of assigned courses, and students go through a registration process like any other course.

Internships are more like jobs. You must identify and apply for internships, though your school will provide support and advice. During the internship, you work with patients, though always under a licensed professional's supervision. You gain more independence as the internship progresses.

Career Relevance

Most educational psychologists work in schools. However, an educational psychology degree can also prepare you to work in corporations, the military, publishing, media (such as educational television), or even game design and development.

During your bachelor's education psychology program, you can explore different settings and types of learning, such as preschool, special education, adult education, or high school. In your graduate educational psychology program, you develop more of a focus on a particular type of learning or learner.

You must have a license to practice psychology in any state. If you plan to use your psychology education to become a licensed clinical psychologist, you must earn a doctorate, either a Ph.D. or a Psy.D. A Ph.D. emphasizes research and research methodologies.

Many education psychology Ph.D. graduates go on to teach psychology. A Psy.D. educational psychology degree emphasizes practicing with patients in professional settings. However, you can get a state license with either degree.

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#1 Best Educational Psychology Programs

University of Virginia-Main Campus

  • Charlottesville, VA
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UVA in Charlottesville offers an educational psychology and applied developmental science master's program at its main campus. The program prepares students for careers in education, psychology, and research. Coursework focuses on how developmental processes affect learning and behavior in school settings.

Admission requirements include a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0; no GRE/GMAT test scores are required. Students are assigned a faculty mentor to help with course selection and selecting internships. 

The program requires a 200-hour, six credit internship and features a 33-credit curriculum. Students can choose from two concentrations: an applied research or an applied professional track. Each track requires different coursework and internship requirements, but both comprise 33 credit hours.

Program completion takes 1.5-2 years on average for full-time students. Tuition costs $745 per credit hour for in-state students and $1,190 per credit hour for out-of-state students.

#2 Best Educational Psychology Programs

CUNY Hunter College

  • New York, NY

CUNY Hunter College in New York offers a 31-32-credit master's in educational psychology degree. The college is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Hunter College offers two concentrations in its educational psychology degree program. The general educational psychology track focuses on human growth and development and theories of learning. The assessment, research, and evaluation track emphasizes research-based tools for measuring the outcome of educational programs and evaluation methods.

Admission requirements include a bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 2.8 from an accredited college or university. Students with a lower GPA may submit optional GRE scores to show an aptitude for graduate level coursework. 

Program completion takes one year on average and costs around $470 per credit hour for New York residents and $855 per credit hour for out-of-state students. This program does not lead to New York state teacher certification or licensure.

#3 Best Educational Psychology Programs

Texas A&M University-Central Texas

  • Killeen, TX

Texas A & M University-Central Texas offers a master of science in educational psychology with an emphasis in experimental psychology . The program features a 36-credit curriculum. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Admission requirements include a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5. GRE/GMAT test scores are waived for the 2021/2022 academic year. 

The master of science in educational psychology program focuses on scientific research and writing to advance the psychology field by combining theory with observational research. Statistical analysis, scientific writing, and critical thinking are emphasized in the program's curriculum. 

Program completion takes two years on average. In-state students pay $309 per credit hour. Graduates can pursue research-based careers or continue their education in a doctoral program.

#4 Best Educational Psychology Programs

University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Madison, WI

UW offers a master of science in educational psychology program, featuring a 30-credit curriculum. The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

For admission, students need a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a cumulative 3.0 GPA from the last two years of coursework and GRE scores.

The master of science in educational psychology degree offers four concentrations of research: school psychology, human development, quantitative methods, and research sciences.

The educational psychology program takes two years on average to complete and costs around $461 per credit hour for in-state students, $1,623 per credit hour for out-of-state residents, and $639 per credit hour for Minnesota residents.

#5 Best Educational Psychology Programs

Georgia State University

  • Atlanta, GA

Atlanta's GSU offers a master of science in educational psychology featuring a 36-credit hour curriculum. The program prepares students for many career paths, including education-related jobs, research, and applied practice. 

Scores from GRE tests, taken no longer than five years before the student's application date, are required as part of admission requirements. 

The educational psychology master's curriculum focuses on psychology principles and comprehensive educational study. Coursework emphasizes human development through the lifespan, analysis of students' behavior, cognitive function, and social health. A master's thesis or applied research project (under a licensed faculty member's supervision) and a two-hour oral master's exam are required to fulfill GSU's comprehensive examination requirement.

Program completion takes three years on average and costs around $5,840 per semester for in-state students and $16,172 per semester for out-of-state residents. 

GSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

#6 Best Educational Psychology Programs

University of North Texas

UNT offers a master of science in educational psychology degree program featuring a 33-credit hour curriculum. UNT is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

The educational psychology program emphasizes learning and cognition, research, and human development linked with learning. Specialized concentrations are available in several areas, including:

  • Program administration and family policy
  • Gifted and talented students
  • Learning and development
  • Research, measurement, and evaluation

The Graduate Writing Support Center helps students with research writing projects, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research supports students in statistical research undertakings.

Program completion takes on 1.5-2 years on average for full-time students. Tuition costs around $228 per credit hour for Texas residents and $458 per credit hour for out-of-state students.

#7 Best Educational Psychology Programs

Texas Tech University

  • Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech offers an educational psychology M.Ed. program featuring a 45-credit hour curriculum. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The curriculum adheres to the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education standards and follows the guidelines from the National Association of School Psychologists.

The educational psychology course is available on campus or as a hybrid course, with both online and in-person classes. Students learn about research skills, foundations of education, and principles of motivation and learning. Graduates can consider a career path in the fields of educational psychology and health sciences.

GRE scores are optional for the 2022 academic year. Scores must not be older than five years at the time of submission. Tuition is around $530 per credit hour for in-state students.

#8 Best Educational Psychology Programs

Florida Atlantic University

  • Boca Raton, FL

FAU is a public institution in Boca Raton that offers a master's degree in educational psychology , featuring a 36-credit-hour curriculum. FAU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Admission requirements include a bachelor's degree and official GRE scores taken within five years of a student's admission application. 

This degree prepares students to measure factors in learning, such as motivation. It does not qualify students for a teaching degree.

Program completion takes 2-3 years on average and costs around $372 per credit hour for in-state tuition and $1,027 per credit hour for out-of-state students.

#9 Best Educational Psychology Programs

John Carroll University

  • University Heights, OH

JCU, in University Heights, Ohio, offers a master's degree in educational psychology featuring a 40-46-credit curriculum. The program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

The program was designed for students from social science backgrounds looking to earn a master's degree or to further their education with a doctoral degree in educational psychology. 

Admission requirements include an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum 3.0 GPA. GRE test scores are required for admission. 

The curriculum emphasizes assessment and outcome-based practice and includes a six credit hour, in-person teaching internship. The program is only available for full-time students and requires one summer semester and a face-to-face internship at one of the program's partner school locations. In-state students pay $656 per credit hour.

#10 Best Educational Psychology Programs

Mississippi State University

  • Mississippi State, MS

Mississippi State University offers a master of science in educational psychology program comprising 33 credit hours. The educational psychology program is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists. MSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. 

Admission requirements include a bachelor's degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 from an accredited institution and GRE test scores, including verbal, quantitative, and writing scores. 

The degree offers two concentrations: the general educational psychology track and the school psychology/psychometry track with an emphasis on behavioral assessment and evidence-based academic interventions. Students are required to complete a 300-hour practicum and successfully complete the master's comprehensive exam.

Program completion takes three years on average and costs around $506 per credit hour for Mississippi residents and $1,155 per credit hour for out-of-state students.

Frequently Asked Questions About Educational Pyschology

Where is educational psychology used.

Educational psychology is the study of how people learn. Schools are the most obvious and common setting for professionals, but the military, corporations, media publishers, nonprofits, and government all hire education psychology graduates.

Is educational psychology a good career?

The answer depends on your career and financial goals, but the positives include interesting and valuable work, the ability to make a difference in school and educational outcomes, and a range of career options. The median salary is $79,820 (for all clinical, counseling, and school psychologists), according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics .

Are educational psychologists the same as school psychologists?

School psychologists address student mental health more holistically, while educational psychology professionals focus on learning. In general, school psychologists work directly with students and families, while educational psychologists work to develop educational strategy at the macro level.

How do I become an educational psychologist?

To become an educational psychologist , you must earn a graduate degree (or doctorate, depending on the state) in education psychology, and meet certain professional experience requirements. To become a clinical or counseling educational psychologist, you must have a doctorate.

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The Harvard Ph.D. in Education trains cutting-edge researchers who work across disciplines to generate knowledge and translate discoveries into transformative policy and practice.

Offered jointly by the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Harvard Kenneth C. Griffin Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Ph.D. in Education provides you with full access to the extraordinary resources of Harvard University and prepares you to assume meaningful roles as university faculty, researchers, senior-level education leaders, and policymakers.

As a Ph.D. candidate, you will collaborate with scholars across all Harvard graduate schools on original interdisciplinary research. In the process, you will help forge new fields of inquiry that will impact the way we teach and learn. The program’s required coursework will develop your knowledge of education and your expertise in a range of quantitative and qualitative methods needed to conduct high-quality research. Guided by the goal of making a transformative impact on education research, policy, and practice, you will focus on independent research in various domains, including human development, learning and teaching, policy analysis and evaluation, institutions and society, and instructional practice.   

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The Ph.D. in Education requires five years of full-time study to complete. You will choose your individual coursework and design your original research in close consultation with your HGSE faculty adviser and dissertation committee. The requirements listed below include the three Ph.D. concentrations: Culture, Institutions, and Society; Education Policy and Program Evaluation; and Human Development, Learning and Teaching . 

We invite you to review an example course list, which is provided in two formats — one as the full list by course number and one by broad course category . These lists are subject to modification. 

Ph.D. Concentrations and Examples

Summary of Ph.D. Program

Doctoral Colloquia  In year one and two you are required to attend. The colloquia convenes weekly and features presentations of work-in-progress and completed work by Harvard faculty, faculty and researchers from outside Harvard, and Harvard doctoral students. Ph.D. students present once in the colloquia over the course of their career.

Research Apprenticeship The Research Apprenticeship is designed to provide ongoing training and mentoring to develop your research skills throughout the entire program.

Teaching Fellowships The Teaching Fellowship is an opportunity to enhance students' teaching skills, promote learning consolidation, and provide opportunities to collaborate with faculty on pedagogical development.

Comprehensive Exams  The Written Exam (year 2, spring) tests you on both general and concentration-specific knowledge. The Oral Exam (year 3, fall/winter) tests your command of your chosen field of study and your ability to design, develop, and implement an original research project.

Dissertation  Based on your original research, the dissertation process consists of three parts: the Dissertation Proposal, the writing, and an oral defense before the members of your dissertation committee.

Culture, Institutions, and Society (CIS) Concentration

In CIS, you will examine the broader cultural, institutional, organizational, and social contexts relevant to education across the lifespan. What is the value and purpose of education? How do cultural, institutional, and social factors shape educational processes and outcomes? How effective are social movements and community action in education reform? How do we measure stratification and institutional inequality? In CIS, your work will be informed by theories and methods from sociology, history, political science, organizational behavior and management, philosophy, and anthropology. You can examine contexts as diverse as classrooms, families, neighborhoods, schools, colleges and universities, religious institutions, nonprofits, government agencies, and more.

Education Policy and Program Evaluation (EPPE) Concentration

In EPPE, you will research the design, implementation, and evaluation of education policy affecting early childhood, K–12, and postsecondary education in the U.S. and internationally. You will evaluate and assess individual programs and policies related to critical issues like access to education, teacher effectiveness, school finance, testing and accountability systems, school choice, financial aid, college enrollment and persistence, and more. Your work will be informed by theories and methods from economics, political science, public policy, and sociology, history, philosophy, and statistics. This concentration shares some themes with CIS, but your work with EPPE will focus on public policy and large-scale reforms.

Human Development, Learning and Teaching (HDLT) Concentration

In HDLT, you will work to advance the role of scientific research in education policy, reform, and practice. New discoveries in the science of learning and development — the integration of biological, cognitive, and social processes; the relationships between technology and learning; or the factors that influence individual variations in learning — are transforming the practice of teaching and learning in both formal and informal settings. Whether studying behavioral, cognitive, or social-emotional development in children or the design of learning technologies to maximize understanding, you will gain a strong background in human development, the science of learning, and sociocultural factors that explain variation in learning and developmental pathways. Your research will be informed by theories and methods from psychology, cognitive science, sociology and linguistics, philosophy, the biological sciences and mathematics, and organizational behavior.

Program Faculty

The most remarkable thing about the Ph.D. in Education is open access to faculty from all Harvard graduate and professional schools, including the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Harvard Kennedy School, the Harvard Law School, Harvard Medical School, and the Harvard School of Public Health. Learn about the full Ph.D. Faculty.

Jarvis Givens

Jarvis R. Givens

Jarvis Givens studies the history of American education, African American history, and the relationship between race and power in schools.

Paul Harris

Paul L. Harris

Paul Harris is interested in the early development of cognition, emotion, and imagination in children.

Meira Levinson

Meira Levinson

Meira Levinson is a normative political philosopher who works at the intersection of civic education, youth empowerment, racial justice, and educational ethics. 

Luke Miratrix

Luke W. Miratrix

Luke Miratrix is a statistician who explores how to best use modern statistical methods in applied social science contexts.

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Eric Taylor

Eric Taylor studies the economics of education, with a particular interest in employer-employee interactions between schools and teachers — hiring and firing decisions, job design, training, and performance evaluation.

Paola Uccelli

Paola Uccelli

Paola Ucelli studies socio-cultural and individual differences in the language development of multilingual and monolingual students.

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Dissertations.

The following is a complete listing of successful Ph.D. in Education dissertations to-date. Dissertations from November 2014 onward are publicly available in the Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard (DASH) , the online repository for Harvard scholarship.

  • 2022 Graduate Dissertations (265 KB pdf)
  • 2021 Graduate Dissertations (177 KB pdf)
  • 2020 Graduate Dissertations (121 KB pdf)
  • 2019 Graduate Dissertations (68.3 KB pdf)

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Educational Psychology and Quantitative Methods PhD

Graduate school of education, program description.

The Educational Psychology and Quantitative Methods program focuses on preparing students to address problems in diverse educational settings, with the ultimate goal of improving teaching and learning, classroom and school organization, inequities in opportunities to learn, the assessment of educational outcomes, and a range of other pressing educational issues. Educational psychologists have a common philosophy that we learn about educational processes, and ultimately improve them through the collection and study of empirical research data. Our program includes the study of human development, cognition and motivational processes.

Renad Aref 366 Baldy Hall Buffalo, NY 14260 Email: [email protected] Phone: 716-645-2110

Instruction Method

  • In Person   (100 percent of courses offered in person)

Full/Part Time Options

Credits required, time-to-degree.

  • 4 to 5+ Years

Application Fee

This program is officially registered with the New York State Education Department (SED).

Online programs/courses may require students to come to campus on occasion. Time-to-degree and number of credit hours may vary based on full/part time status, degree, track and/or certification option chosen. Time-to-degree is based on calendar year(s). Contact the department for details.

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Educational psychology (ph.d.), educational psychology (ph.d.) | graduate.

For nearly a century and a half, Howard has been actualizing its mission to improve and expand educational opportunity and access for underrepresented minority students and other underserved communities. We prepare educational leaders with a strong foundation in educational psychology, learning theory, educational assessment, and behavioral intervention.

The Ph.D. program in Educational Psychology at Howard prepares graduates for rewarding careers as psychologists, program evaluators, educational consultants, test developers, statisticians, academicians, and researchers with a strong theoretical and practical foundation in educational psychology, education measurement, psychometric methods, and evaluation research design and methodology. You'll apply scientific knowledge to better understand issues related to learning and motivation, cognition, and human development as these processes apply to educational processes, educational assessment, and behavioral intervention. Our program emphasizes theoretical foundations in school psychology, learning and development theory, and the biological, social, and cognitive-affective bases of development. Our doctoral program also has a strong interdisciplinary focus. As a student in the program, you are expected to complete nine subspecialty credit hours outside of the School of Education in areas of study ranging from policy, educational/instructional technology, measurement and assessment, program evaluation, developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, neuroscience, personality psychology, social psychology, political science, sociology, family studies, and statistics. You'll benefit from the close mentorship of faculty with wide-ranging research interests including cross-cultural approaches to cognitive assessment in children, clinical evaluations addressing childhood psychopathology, and the influence of community and classroom contexts on social-emotional learning.

Program Snapshot

      ❱  91 credit hours        ❱  Full-time       ❱  On-campus format       ❱  Degree: Ph.D.

Application Deadlines

Spring 2024 entry:         ❱  No spring entry

Fall 2024 entry:         ❱  Dec. 1, 2023  (early deadline)       ❱  Feb. 15, 2024  (priority deadline)       ❱  Apr. 15, 2024  (final deadline)

Applicants should submit their applications as early as possible for earlier consideration of departmental funding opportunities. Applicants have until the final deadline to apply. However, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the admissions cycle. 

*Applicants may be asked to participate in an interview

Transfer credits accepted  (reviewed by program director)

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  • Degree Classification: Graduate
  • Related Degrees: Ph.D.

Admission Requirements

Application for admission .

  • Online PSYCAS application
  • Statement of purpose/ Statement of academic interest ( 500-1,000 words )
  • GRE scores not required
  • Official transcripts sent to PSYCAS
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university or the international equivalent
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Autobiographical statement ( 500-750 words )

GRE Required?

Gre preferred minimums.

  • GRE Verbal Reasoning: N/A
  • GRE Quantitative Reasoning: N/A
  • GRE Analytical Writing: N/A

GPA Required Minimums

  • Overall GPA minimum: N/A
  • Undergrad GPA minimum: N/A

Reference Requirements

Evaluator type accepted:

  • Professor (Required)
  • Supervisor/Manager

Evaluator type not accepted:

  • Family Member

Personal Statement Guidance

Statement of purpose/statement of academic interest should highlight why you wish to pursue a degree in educational psychology and address the following :

  • Describe your academic and research interests, identifying specific faculty member(s) with whom you want to work.
  • Describe your personal, professional, and educational goals related to the Ph.D. in Educational Psychology.
  • How will obtaining your Ph.D. in Educational Psychology enhance you in your current position and/or future career?

Letter of Recommendation Guidance

Provide three (3) letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with your ability and/or potential for rigorous graduate study, clinical work, and/or research. Whenever possible, Howard University recommends seeking recommendations from faculty members in psychology or practicing professionals in psychology or other mental health disciplines. Letters of recommendation should be submitted through the PSYCAS system. 

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A Unique & Rich Combination in an Ed Psych and Ed Tech Doctoral Program

The  nationally ranked  Educational Psychology and Educational Technology (EPET) doctoral program produces scholars and leaders in the study of human learning and development and/or in the design and study of diverse technologies supporting learning and teaching. It emphasizes rigorous scholarship and diverse analytical perspectives on learning, development and technology embedded in culture and society.

The program prepares graduates to pursue careers in university research and teaching, research on and development of educational technologies and leadership roles in school systems and the private sector.

YOU’RE WELCOME AT MSU

The EPET doctoral program welcomes applicants from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds, educational and technological experiences, and social, economic, and cultural backgrounds. We enact our commitment to sustaining a community that is inclusive, and diverse through ongoing engagement in equity-focused learning and program reform, and systems for student representation and community accountability.

The flexibility of the EPET program allowed me to explore extant research in a variety of areas, which allowed me to bring multiple forms of expertise to project work and proposal development. —Katie Rich (2021) Senior Researcher, American Institutes for Research
I always thought that the faculty were invested in my growth and development, were themselves intellectually curious, held us to high standards, and helped us to meet those standards. —Amy Chapman (2019) Director, Teachers College, Columbia University

Students develop expertise in Ed Psych, Ed Tech, or the intersection of these emphasis areas

Educational psychology.

Investigate human learning, motivation, and development in schools, workplaces, communities and homes. Understand and improve educational practice. Students can base their inquiry in specific domains (e.g., mathematics, literacy, science) or age groups (e.g., adolescents, adults). In 2024, MSU was named #4 in the nation for educational psychology.

EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY

Investigate and improve the use of technologies to support learning and teaching. Engage in research and development on the pedagogy, policy and design of media and technologies in support of learning in formal environments (e.g. face-to-face, online classes) and in informal settings (e.g. homes, after-school programs).

In EPET, especially with the mentorship of my co-advisors, I learned how to think and how to write. During my time in EPET, I was supported in exploring a wide range of research interests, methodologies, and tools for data analysis. I use these skills in research design and alignment every day as an assistant professor. — Bret Staudt Willet (2021) Faculty, Florida State University. Recently awarded a Sloan Foundation Grant , “Programming Language: How Descriptions of Graduate Programs Affect Student Outcomes at MSIs”

One program, two different modes

On-campus mode.

Designed for students willing and able to pursue their degree on a full-time basis. On-campus students typically complete three courses each semester, work 20 hours per week on paid teaching or research assistantships, and require four or more years to earn their degree.

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HYBRID MODE

Designed for students who are working full-time and want to pursue their degree on a part-time basis. Hybrid students typically enroll in two courses per semester and require five or more years to earn their degree. Hybrid students do not receive paid assistantships from the program.

My time in EPET gave me the research skills, broader career skills, and networks that made it possible for me to get this job and thrive in it. In addition to the excellent mentorship I got from my advisor, committee, and lab group, EPET’s brownbags, social events, and communications were so welcoming and helped me feel and become a part of the ed psych research community. I feel very lucky that I got my PhD training in such a collaborative, supportive program that gave me such confidence and joy in being part of this great group of scholars. — Kristy A. Robinson (2019) Faculty, McGill University

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Ph.D. in School Psychology

What you can earn, credits earned, time commitment, upcoming deadline, leaders of school psychology research and practice.

The School Psychology Ph.D. degree prepares leaders in the field of research and practice within school psychology. Our program stresses the expanded role of the school psychologist and offers formal coursework and practica in assessment, consultation, intervention, and counseling.

Our philosophy is grounded in the scientist-practitioner model and offers a strong background in the scientific foundations for the practice of school psychology as well as training in applying current research knowledge and theory to educational services.

The program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) , approved by the  National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) , and meets requirements for state level licensure as a psychologist.

Our mission is to prepare scientist-practitioners whose practice of psychology is grounded in scientific knowledge and focused on enhancing the educational and socio-emotional competence of school-age children and youth.

The role of a health service psychologist with a specialty in school psychology is to assess, consult, and provide prevention and direct intervention services that focus on learning, behavior, and mental health. The graduate program in School Psychology at the University of Washington stresses the expanded role of the school psychologist and offers formal course work and practica in assessment, consultation, intervention, and counseling. In addition, the program philosophy is grounded in the scientist-practitioner model and offers a strong background in the scientific foundations for the practice of school psychology as well as training in applying current research knowledge and theory to educational services.

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What you'll learn

The following are the nine profession-wide competencies and the specific objectives for graduates. Students' learning experiences are guided by the Discipline Specific Knowledge areas of APA and by the Profession-Wide Competencies in the APA Standards of Accreditation.

Program Objective: To prepare health service psychologists to be critical consumers of research, to have the knowledge and skills to conduct scientific inquiry, and to disseminate research.

Program Objective: To prepare health service psychologists to be competent in navigating and legal and ethical challenges and engaging in best practices associated with the APA Ethical Principles for Psychologists and Code of Conduct.

Program Objective: To prepare health service psychologists to integrate self-awareness, cultural knowledge, and culturally responsive skills in all professional activities including research, teaching, and clinical service.

Program Objective: To prepare health service psychologists to reflect the values and attitudes of psychology through integrity, professional identity alignment, professional behavior, and responsiveness to supervision and feedback.

Program Objective: To prepare health service psychologists to maintain effective relationships with colleagues, communities, organizations, supervisors, supervisees, and clients.

Program Objective: to prepare health service psychologists to incorporate the diversity characteristics of clients in psychological assessments and to present findings in an effective manner that is appropriate for audiences outside the discipline of psychology.

Program Objective: To prepare health service psychologists to implement evidence-based interventions with fidelity to empirical models along with the flexibility to adapt the interventions to the cultural and linguistic context of the clients.

Program Objective: To prepare health service psychologists to provide effective supervised supervision to less advanced students and peers appropriate for the service setting.

Program Objective: To prepare health service psychologists to demonstrate the ability to effectively collaborate in interdisciplinary contexts and integrated healthcare settings.

After graduation

Graduates are prepared for college teaching, clinical, and research positions in a variety of settings:

  • School settings to serve students from all cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • University settings as trainers of school psychologists and continue to generate new knowledge for the practice of psychology
  • Research settings where investigations are conducted related to learning, development, and behavior of school-aged children
  • Teaching hospitals and other health agencies providing outpatient services for patients with school-related problems

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The first three years of this Ph.D. program follow the sequence of the Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) program . The final three years of the Ph.D. program build upon and extend the training.

School Psychology Clinic

The UW School Psychology Clinic serves as a training site for graduate students in the School Psychology Ed.S. and Ph.D. programs. All services are supervised by a licensed psychologist/clinician, along with a program faculty member. The center also services as a clinical-research site for faculty and students.

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The Ph.D. degree is a six-year, full-time program that requires three years of Ed.S. degree coursework, two years of Ph.D. coursework and one year of a predoctoral internship. If you already have an Ed.S. degree, the Ph.D. course of study can be shortened to three or more years.

With the support of your advisor, you will design an individualized program of study that is guided by a supervisory committee and chaired by a core school psychology faculty member.

Students who complete their Ed.S. degree at UW will use that coursework as their specialty area. Students who completed their Ed.S. at another institution will have their transcripts reviewed to determine course credits that may be applied to their Ph.D. program of study.

As doctoral students are completing the individualized program of study requirements, they must also complete the Ph.D. degree milestones (research and inquiry, general exam, dissertation proposal, dissertation defense). These procedures are described in the program handbook sections under “Ph.D. degree milestones.”

For details,  download the student handbook

The first three years of the Ph.D. degree follow the course sequence of our Ed.S. degree . The Ed.S. course sequence is organized so that all basic foundation courses are completed the first year, the second year is centered on applied experiences in schools and at the University of Washington, and the third year is a full-time, school-based internship in public schools. Students who have already earned their Ed.S. degree may begin the Ph.D. coursework immediately.

Autumn quarter

  • EDPSY 565: Adv Practicum in Clinical Practice (4)
  • EDPSY 508: Adv Practicum- Supervision & School Mental Health (2)
  • EDLPS 525: Educational Inquiry (3)
  • EDPSY 529: Developmental Psychopathology and the DSM (3)
  • Additional cognate courses (including research methods courses)

Winter quarter

  • EDLPS 526: Educational Inquiry (3)
  • EDPSY 538: Multiple Regression (3)
  • Additional cognate and research methods courses
  • Prospective Candidacy

Spring quarter

  • EDPSY 585: History, Systems, & Contemporary Issues in School Psychology (3)
  • Research and Inquiry

Summer quarter (session A)

EDPSY 581: Seminar in APPIC/CDSPP internships (2)

  • EDPSY 579: Advanced Practicum in Assessment and Intervention (3)
  • R & I presentation (Nov)
  • General Exam (Nov or Dec)
  • If not doing APPIC, start working on creating a local CDSPP-aligned Internship
  • Register only if completing the general exam this quarter
  • To obtain an add code for dissertation credits, go to  education.uw.edu/practicum , select your advisor, EDUC 800 course, and describe your dissertation project.
  • General Exam (if not completed in Autumn)
  • Dissertation Proposal (or in Spring)
  • Internship interviews and APPIC Match Day
  • Register for 25 dissertation credits (total) by the end of the academic year. Leave 2 credits for the following year when you defend your dissertation (final orals).
  • Dissertation Proposal (if not completed in Winter)
  • EDUC 800: Dissertation (8-10)

Students apply for “on leave” status EVERY quarter except the quarter of the dissertation defense. If a student does not apply each quarter, they will drop from the University system and have to reapply for active status and pay a $250 fee to the Graduate School. During the quarter of the dissertation defense, students MUST register for the remaining 2 credits.

Each doctoral student is required to identify two supportive cognate fields in addition to the area of specialization. Depending upon your academic background, the range of credits required for each supportive cognate is between 6 and 15. The breadth and depth of each cognate is normally defined by the graduate advisor and the faculty member selected to represent the cognate area.

Each student must form a specialization from a unit outside of the College of Education.  The specialization outside the College will normally be in a single department (e.g., Social Work, Public Health). In exceptional cases, it may be a series of courses from different departments containing a common thread (e.g., Ethnic Studies, which may draw upon courses based in several departments). The breadth and depth of the specialization outside the College is normally defined by the graduate faculty representative from that specialization serving on your Supervisory Committee. 

The culminating experience for the Ph.D. degree is a predoctoral internship, which includes advanced, integrative, supervised experiences in applying science to practice. The predoctoral internship must be completed after the general exam is passed and the dissertation proposal has been approved.

The predoctoral internship requires an additional 1,500 hours of experience and can be completed in a school or non-school setting. Students are strongly encouraged to apply to APA-accredited predoctoral internship programs through the Association of Postdoctoral Psychology and Internship Centers (APPIC) Match process. Those who do not have the ability to complete APA accredited internships must complete local predoctoral internships that are CDSPP compliant.

Students take a required 27 dissertation credits after passing the oral general examination, complete an approved dissertation proposal prior to predoctoral internship,  and complete the dissertation either before or during the predoctoral internship.

Admission requirements and process

Preferential consideration is given to applicants who have had employment or volunteer experiences in P-12 schools and who also have research training and experience.

We accept applications once a year, for autumn quarter admission.  You must apply to the Graduate School by December 1 . Faculty reviews commence in January and continue until all vacancies are filled.

We are committed to recognizing and fostering the values derived from a diverse student population and are striving to promote increased diversity among practicing school psychologists. Toward this end, we apply a variety of criteria when evaluating applicants. We strongly encourage racially and ethnically diverse students to apply to this program.

A bachelor’s degree is required for applicants who will complete their Ed.S. degree coursework first. A degree may be in-progress when applying but it must be completed before the Program starts.

Applicants may apply to begin the Ph.D. coursework under ONE the following conditions:

  • They are enrolled in the UW Ed.S. degree in School Psychology Program and have completed at least two years of coursework,
  • They have completed their school psychologist certification, or
  • They have earned a master’s degree or Ed.S. in school psychology.
  • Include one transcript from each institution from which you've earned a degree and one from every institution you have attended in the previous 5 years.
  • Your transcripts must include your name, coursework, and degree (if completed).
  • If you are offered admission, the UW Graduate School will request an official transcript from your most recent degree earned.

The UW Graduate School requires a cumulative GPA of 3.0. However, we review your application holistically. If your GPA is below 3.0, contact us at [email protected] for advice on how to strengthen your overall application.

During the online application process, you will be given instructions for adding your recommenders and getting their letters submitted electronically. Your recommenders should be able to address:

  • your communication skills, both written and oral
  • your ability to interact productively with supervisors, peers, and children
  • your ability to function without supervision
  • your research competence and experience
  • your teaching, counseling and/or assessment skills 
  • other relevant aspects of your academic or professional development

A current academic and professional resume or vita is required. In addition to educational degrees and professional experience, you should include a list of all relevant awards, publications, presentations or other achievements that will help us to evaluate your application.

The admissions committee uses your statement of purpose, along with other evidence, to determine whether your goals are well-matched with our Program. Your statement should address goals, relevant experience, future plans, and how the desired specific program meets your needs. Include personal experiences that have prepared you for the challenge of graduate school, topics like:

  • Reasons for seeking entry into this program 
  • Post-baccalaureate experiences in teaching, counseling, and assessment  
  • Your professional aspirations
  • Your research interests

Your statement must be no more than 750 words (3 pages double-spaced) using 12-point font and 1-inch margins.

While optional, you can add to your application by submitting a personal history statement with each application. This statement should address your intellectual growth and development, inclusive of and beyond your academic goals. 

Statements should be no longer than two pages long, double-spaced, with 12-point font and 1-inch margins.

  • Gather all required documents
  • Visit the Graduate School website
  • Log into your account or create a new profile if you are a first-time applicant
  • Complete all steps in application process and upload your documents
  • You may request a fee waiver during the application process
  • Submit your application

Here is our general timeline for decisions.

Step 1: Application processing

  • Within 7 business days after the deadline, we will check if your application if fully complete
  • We will email you whether your application is complete or incomplete
  • If your application is missing anything, you will have a short amount of time submit these items
  • You can also log into the online tool and check your status and see any missing items

Step 2: Application review

  • Committees begin reviewing applications about two weeks after the deadline
  • You will receiving an email when your application has entered the review phase

Step 3: Interview day

We host an interview day during the first or second week of February for finalists who remain competitive after the primary and secondary review of their application. For those who are unable to attend this event, a web based or phone interview with one or more members of the core faculty in school psychology is required. Interviews are only by invitation.

Step 4: Decision notification

  • The final decision will be emailed to you
  • Your status will also be updated in the online application tool

We value and welcoming applications from international students! If you are applying from outside the United States, there are additional requirements and application materials.

  • At minimum, you must have the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree (a four-year degree from an institution of recognized standing)
  • The national system of education in the foreign country
  • The type of institution
  • The field of study and level of studies completed
  • International transcripts must be submitted in the original language.
  • Your transcript should include date of graduation and title of the awarded academic degree
  • If your transcript is not in English, you must also provide a certified English translation
  • You do not need to have your transcript evaluated for the degree by an agency

Per  UW Graduate School policy , you must submit a demonstration of English language proficiency if your native language is not English and you did not earn a degree in one of the following countries:

  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • New Zealand
  • South Africa
  • Trinidad and Tobago

The following tests are accepted if the test was taken fewer than two years ago:

  • Minimum score: 80
  • Recommended score: 92+
  • The UW's 4-digit code is 4854
  • University of Washington All Campuses, Organisation ID 365, Undergrad & Graduate Admis, Box 355850, Seattle, WA, 98105, United States of America
  • Minimum score: 6.5
  • Recommended score: 7.0+
  • School information for submission: University of Washington, All Campuses Undergraduate & Graduate Admission Box 355850 Seattle, WA 98195
  • Minimum score: 105
  • Recommended score: 120+
  • Follow the instructions on the Duolingo website to submit your scores

If apply and are offered admission to UW, you will need to submit a statement of financial ability.

Costs and funding

We are a tuition-based program. Estimated tuition rates are based on your residency: 

  • Washington state residents: $19,584 per year
  • Out-of-state students: $35,352 per year

Estimates are subject to change and may differ due to course load and summer quarter enrollment. Estimates include building fees, technology fees, U-Pass, etc. Additional program-specific fees are not included in this estimate.

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Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology

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Our three year, full-time doctoral programme is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) for the professional training of educational psychologists. The overall aim of the programme is to enable trainee educational psychologists to integrate theory, research and practice effectively and to become competent, creative and accountable professional practitioners.

We have a long standing reputation for innovation and excellence in professional training in Educational Psychology. Some key features of our programme are:

  • A reflective, Problem Based Learning (PBL) approach paired with innovative teaching and learning in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Video Interactive Guidance (VIG), and more
  • A ‘Connected Curriculum’ integrating academic knowledge, research and professional practice
  • A range of learner resources including the provision of laptops for trainees, an in-house psychological testing library and a self-contained teaching suite
  • A first rate setting within the 83% REF research rated ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ UCL Division of Psychology & Language Sciences, offering access to all UCL libraries, facilities and vibrant, central London campus
  • Delivery and support from a committed and diverse tutor team, in addition to a range of high profile external speakers
  • Opportunities for inter-professional training and cross-professional learning – for example workshops with Clinical Psychology trainees and Speech and Language Therapy trainees

The programme seeks to integrate at all levels the three key elements of academic knowledge, research ability and professional practice. In particular, as a doctoral research degree programme and in line with UCL’s ‘Connected Curriculum’ , research permeates all aspects.

Academic knowledge in educational psychology at UCL is developed primarily via Problem Based Learning (PBL), an approach where practice problems are used as the starting point for learning. They are tackled by tutor-supported teams of learners who actively and purposefully seek out relevant information needed to address the problem scenario from library research and other sources. There is a strong emphasis from the outset on developing skills for conducting literature searches, critiquing primary sources and producing coherent syntheses.

In addition, seminars are provided by members of the programme team and leading experts to offer overviews of areas of relevance to the problem scenario and to provide trainees with opportunities to discuss developing thinking and check understanding of important concepts.

Research training on the programme utilises the web-based Educational Psychology Research Methods course and accompanying series of workshops. All of the examples used are drawn from professional practice in educational psychology, where possible from published studies. Research skills are also developed through engagement in a significant piece of original, professionally relevant research together with a Service Related Research Project commissioned by the Educational Psychology Service employing the trainee for their professional placement in Years 2 and 3 of the programme. Small support groups of trainees working in related areas are encouraged to debate options and present proposals to tutors for formative feedback in clarifying and developing their ideas, plans of action, interpretations and conclusions.

Professional placement core consultation and assessment work utilises a Problem Analysis framework which is based on the development and testing of hypotheses in defining an accountable rationale for action at each stage of work with clients. Skills in using a full range of assessment and intervention techniques are taught in a series of workshop sessions across the first year of the programme. In identifying appropriate interventions there is emphasis both on appraising the available evidence base and on designing an evaluation of individual progress.

The principal means for supporting and evaluating the trainee’s conceptual understanding of the integration of all three elements of their doctoral studies is the Professional Development (PD) File. This is formally monitored at termly Progress Review Meetings and submitted as part of formally at the end of years 1, 2 and 3, but is mainly used formatively across the 3 years of the programme. A strong tutorial system offers structured opportunities for professional development and monitoring of progression in relation to programme requirements.

Curriculum Outlines, Year 1-3

DECPsy Curriculum Outlines

Click here to access the DECPsy curriculum overview across all three years of the programme.

The majority of teaching on the programme is carried out by members of the core staff team, listed below. In addition, seminars and workshops on specialist topics are provided by a range of high profile educational psychologists and other professionals working for Local Authorities, social services departments, the NHS and voluntary organisations. We also benefit from input from tutors on the part-time DEdPsy programme and academic staff at UCL.

For staff biographies of the whole team click here . For research from tutors, click here .

Programme Directors Dr Susan Birch - Programme Director (Academic) and Senior Educational Psychologist, Buckinghamshire Dr Jessica Dewey - Programme Director (Placements) and Senior Educational Psychologist, Harrow Academic and Professional Tutors Dr Shama Ali - Senior Educational Psychologist, Merton Dr Jessamine Chiappella - Senior Educational Psychologist, Oxfordshire Dr Mat Fuller - Educational Psychologist, Havering Dr Emma Goldstone - Educational Psychologist, Camden Beverley Graham - Senior Educational Psychologist, RB Kensington and Chelsea Dr Ben Hayes - Senior Educational Psychologist, Kent Dr Gavin Morgan - Senior Educational Psychologist, West Northamptonshire Dr Patrick Sullivan - Educational Psychologist, Tower Hamlets Dr Gurdip Theara - Educational Psychologist, RB Kensington and Chelsea Dr Simon Ungar - Educational Psychologist, Wandsworth Practice Tutors Stephanie Barclay - Educational Psychologist, Enfield Dr Rebecca Williamson - Acting Deputy Principal Educational Psychologist, Kingston and Richmond Academic Tutors Prof Ravi Das - Lecturer, Research Methods Prof K.V. Petrides - Professor of Psychology and Psychometrics

Click here to access information about key elements of the curriculum, from PBL to CBT to Research.

Year 1 Placements For all trainees, the first year of training is primarily based within the University, with placements provided in linked Local Authorities and supervised by UCL Practice Tutors. These Educational Psychology Services are located in inner and outer London, both north and south. A small group of trainees will be placed in each service, with placements allocated in order to minimise travel time as far as possible.

Year 1 Bursaries for Funded Trainees For government funded trainees at course centres in London, a bursary amount of £16,390 is payable in year 1. Costs of travel to and from placement must be met by trainees.

Year 2 and 3 Bursaried Placements – UK Funded and Self-Funded Students For all UK funded and self-funded students, in Years 2 and 3 placement experiences will be undertaken in Services in the South East, Eastern region and London (SEEL). Allocations of trainees to Services are made towards the end of Year 1 by a placement panel of Principal Educational Psychologists, taking into account criteria including trainee travel time. Each trainee undertaking a bursaried placement in years 2 and 3 will receive a bursary of £19,600 per annum, which includes a contribution towards travel/books, usually of £500, but with some additional funds being available to support trainees who incur particular travel costs associated with home to placement travel. Please click here for further information regarding year 2 and 3 placement allocations and expectations.

As soon as you have obtained a bursaried placement your UCL tutor will work with your placement service to establish a close and mutually beneficial partnership, ensuring that service delivery, service development and placement learning are all well met in the planned programme for Years 2 and 3 and that research requirements are considered and built in where possible. You will have a named supervisor in the placement Authority responsible for coordinating all aspects of your learning there. They will join UCL supervisor’s training programme and be given a two year appointment as an honorary lecturer at UCL. You will be involved in termly placement review meetings with your Local Authority supervisor and UCL tutor across the 2 years, so that your progress and the quality of learning experiences can be effectively monitored.

Year 2 and 3 Placement Arrangements for EU/Overseas Students In years 2 and 3 the majority of overseas or EU trainee undertake an unpaid placement in a UK Educational Psychology Service, supervised by one of the UCL course tutors.*

Listen to one of our Senior Placement tutors, Beverley Graham, speak about the programme's placement arrangements below:

The programme is designed to develop academic knowledge, research ability and professional competence during the course of training. In addition to undertaking a range of learning activities at the university, trainees are required to undertake at least 300 days of professional placement work under supervision and attain a satisfactory standard in the following assessments:

  • Two 3 hour written Examinations (one in year 1 and one in year 2), using problem-solving questions and PBL case scenarios to test the application of knowledge and understanding to professional practice.
  • A research thesis of 25,000-40,000 words which makes a distinct contribution to the knowledge of the subject and offers evidence of originality shown in the discovery of new facts and/or the exercise of independent critical power. The thesis is presented in three parts, the first two in the form of papers that could be submitted for publication in a peer reviewed journal. The third part is not intended for publication but to give you a forum to reflect on the learning that has occurred in carrying out the major research project. The first paper will systematically review and critique the literature relevant to the research topic, while the second paper will report on the research you have carried out.
  • A Problem Analysis for an Individual Child or Young Person
  • A Service-Related Research Report
  • An Evidence-Based Practice Review Report
  • An account of the use of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with a child/young person

The focus of the remaining report may be selected by you, subject to approval by the Programme Tutors, to form the basis of an individualised PBL unit in Year 3.

  • Three Portfolios of professionally relevant work (one per year). These comprise:
  • The Placement File , collating placement experiences, self-evaluations of developing competencies in relation to the programme objectives for the placement, key pieces of supporting evidence and appraisals/observation records completed by the Placement Supervisor and UCL Tutors in relation to the Health and Care Professions Council's Statements of Proficiency for Educational Psychologists.
  • The cumulative Professional Development File collating the evidence across all assessments of Standard of Proficiency achievement, including self evaluation, peer and tutor evaluation carried out at the end of each PBL unit.

For research by our graduates and tutors click here .

Below you can access reviews of interventions written by our UCL Year 1 Trainee Educational Psychologists and submitted as a formally assessed piece of coursework on the programme. The trainees in each cohort collaborated in selecting different interventions so that they could also produce a resource of value both to their group and to Educational Psychology Services.

Three sets of reports are currently available:

  • School/Setting Based Interventions for Social, Emotional and Mental Health - produced by the 2020-23 cohort of trainees
  • School (setting) based interventions for children with special educational needs (SEN) - produced by the 2021-24 cohort of trainees
  • Interventions implemented by Parents that have an effect on child - produced by the 2022-25 cohort of trainees

Click here to visit our OSPA project (Objective Structured Professional Assessments) webpage.

Click here to view the Educational Psychology Online Consultation Competencies.

Click here to visit our Therapeutic Resources website. The website hosts a collection of multi-media resources to support trainee practice in delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and other evidence–based therapies. Note that to access the website you will need a username and password which trainees, course members and UCL tutors can obtain by contacting the Educational Psychology admin team .

Term Dates for 2023-24 are as follows:

  • £23,187 per annum for UK placement

You can see a range of DECPsy graduate profiles by visiting our DECPsy alumni page .

To access our SEEL Bursary Placements 2024 webpage, please click here .

Student Experience

Hear recent alumni and current students speak about their experiences on the programme:

Tutor Views

Hear our tutors talking about the Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology at UCL:

We take student support very seriously on the Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology programme. Below, Year 1 Co-ordinator and Professional Development (PD) Tutor Dr Gavin Morgan describes the support available to students on the programme:

  • Full-time initial training Doctorate in Educational & Child Psychology
  • Part-time CPD Doctorate in Educational Psychology (for existing EP practitioners)
  • Leadership Course
  • Management Course
  • Leading Edge Psychology Days
  • Certificate/Diploma/MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Children and Young People

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Educational Psychology - M.Ed.

Program overview.

Educational Psychology is an academic program in the Department of Educational Psychology, Leadership, & Counseling. The program equips students with a comprehensive knowledge of learning, motivation, development, and educational foundations. Additionally, students learn to apply quantitative and qualitative research skills in a manner that promotes educational improvement while valuing individual differences. Thus, educational psychology attracts students from various educational and professional backgrounds including education, psychology, human sciences, business, sports sciences, and health sciences.

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Program work within Educational Psychology is developed and guided by a strong conceptual framework, the standards from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), guidelines from the American Psychological Association (APA), American Educational Research Association (AERA), and National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the sound professional judgment of an experienced and caring faculty.

The master's program is designed to provide students with content knowledge that facilitates the application of research in educational psychology to educational settings. Teachers are especially encouraged to select the applied master's degree plan that is designed to prepare highly effective, culturally sensitive educators.

Degrees Offered

M.Ed., offered as a face-to-face or hybrid program.

Career Opportunities With This Degree

Most graduates teach in colleges or universities or are in positions conducting research.

Application Materials

College Transcripts – Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded to the Graduate School application . Information on submitting official transcripts will be provided to you by the Graduate School. Grade reports or unofficial transcripts from university web portals will not be accepted. Please redact the Social Security Number anywhere it appears on your transcript. If documents are written in a language other than English, a copy of a complete and official English translation must be provided with the original language records.

Required Supplemental Application Materials

GRE Scores, Resume, Three Professional Recommendations, Academic Writing Sample, Response to Applicant Statement Prompt. Download a comprehensive list of requirements.

Application Process

Please visit the Graduate Application Process for more information on how to apply.

This program requires official GRE scores. Scores must no more than 5 years old at the time of application. Official GRE scores must be sent from Educational Testing Services (ETS) to the Texas Tech Graduate School. To register for the examination please visit the GRE Testing website . Texas Tech University's code is 6827.

  • Due to ongoing accessibility concerns, the Graduate School has suspended GRE test score requirements for applications through at least Summer 2025. For more information, please contact the Graduate School .

Semester in which the program can be started

It is recommended that students start in the fall but applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Estimated Hours to Completion

45 credit hours

Allowable Transfer Hours

6 credit hours if completed in the last 7 years with a grade of B or better.

Financial Aid

TTU Graduate School and COE scholarships, research assistantships, student loans

To be competitive for funding support, the recommended deadline for Fall is December 1 st . However, applications received at other times will be reviewed.

Tuition & Fees

Use the Student Business Services Tuition Estimator to estimate your costs.

Chance Webb Academic Advisor/Admissions Office of Graduate Admissions & Enrollment [email protected] 806-834-6768

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  • Hours to Completion: 45
  • Now accepting applications for: All Semesters
  • Maximum Transfer Hours: 6

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R. Greg Jennings (Chair), Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley

Linda Smetana, Ed.D. Brigham Young University

Oanh Kim Tran, Ph.D. University of Oregon

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Meaghan McCollow, Ph.D., University of Washington

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Kavita Atwal Ph.D. University of California, Riverside

Nancy Deatrick, DMFT Loma Linda University

Sara McDaniel, Ph.D. San Diego State University

Ulash Thakore-Dunlap, Ed.D. San Francisco State University

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The mission of the Department of Educational Psychology is to prepare a diverse population of students as professional counselors, psychologists, special education specialists, and researchers for effective and innovative work in a variety of settings, including schools, agencies, hospitals, and industry. 

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The University of Wisconsin–Madison offers an online Instructional Coaching Certificate embedded within the Master of Science for Professional Educators (MSPE) Program. This program helps current and aspiring instructional coaches engage in reflective dialogue, use student evidence, and build meaningful relationships to enhance their coaching practices. The certificate is only available to those enrolled in the MSPE Program. 

The Certificate in Instructional Coaching is open to students in the Masters in Educational Psychology: Named Option in Professional Educators program. Contact the program director for application information ( [email protected] ).

In addition to the steps outlined above, all Graduate School students must utilize the Graduate Student Portal in MyUW to add, change, or discontinue any graduate/professional certificate. For the final step required to apply to this certificate, log in to MyUW, click on Graduate Student Portal, and then click on Add/Change Programs. Select the information for the graduate/professional certificate for which you are applying.

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 Complete the following coursework for a total of 9 credits.

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  • Examine the philosophy and core practices of Instructional Coaching
  • Plan and facilitate coaching cycles in a way that establishes a culture of collective efficacy in a school/district/organization.
  • Analyze data (evidence) gathered from different assessments to better understand how data can be used as an effective instructional coaching tool.
  • Articulate and refine instructional coaching beliefs by drawing on research and examining own practice.

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Career Opportunities for Qualified Psychology Degree Graduates

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As a scientific field that focuses on human thought processes and behavior, psychology is an endlessly fascinating area of study — and one that is becoming more popular among incoming college students. Recent National Center for Education Statistics data shows that more than 6 percent of all degrees conferred by post-secondary institutions were psychology degrees.

In an age where more people advocate for improved mental health care services, it's unsurprising that many students are considering this field. There are several professional pathways available for graduates considering careers with a psychology degree.

An Overview of Career Paths in Psychology

The number of careers for psychology degree holders is larger than most people realize, with psychology graduates making significant contributions in various fields and industries. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree in psychology can often carve out a personalized career path that incorporates their interests within the field while building on the skills learned throughout their degree program.

From opportunities within a clinical setting to those available in the education sector, there are a variety of career paths to consider within the field of psychology.

Clinical Psychologist Opportunities

Clinical psychologists are professionals who work directly with clients to provide them with counseling services. According to the American Psychological Association , clinical psychology is the largest specialty in the field.

Psychologists specializing in clinical care can work with a wide variety of clients, allowing them to focus on a niche within the industry. For example, some clinical psychologists are passionate about working with under-served communities, while others prefer to work in the educational sector. Primarily, clinical psychologists work in research, health, training, and education. Regardless of where they work and who they serve, clinical psychologists are trained to listen effectively, adapt accordingly, and learn from their experiences.

It's worth noting that the opportunities available to those interested in clinical psychology will vary widely based on their degree level. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree in psychology can provide counseling services but may be limited in the scope of their practice. According to Indeed , Those interested in diagnosing specific psychological conditions or prescribing treatment for mental illness may need to pursue a doctoral degree.

Industrial/Organizational Psychologist Roles

Industrial and organizational psychology, sometimes referred to as I-O psychology, is defined by the American Psychological Association as the study of human behavior within workplace and organizational settings. As a specialized subset of the psychology field, I-O psychologists receive specific training that allows them to work directly with companies and corporations to:

  • Recruit qualified candidates.
  • Create effective professional development programs.
  • Measure employee performance.
  • Improve the workplace culture.
  • Increase productivity.

Industrial and organizational psychologists can find work in various settings, but given the specialized nature of this field, they most commonly work with organizations in business, industry, and labor.

Forensic Psychology Careers

According to the American Psychological Association , forensic psychology is another specialty in psychology, primarily focusing on psychological work relevant to the judicial and legal systems. Forensic psychologists must work to develop advanced knowledge and skills that blend psychological theory with legal procedures, practices, and ethics.

According to Indeed , forensic psychologists work to provide a psychological examination and analysis that may be relevant to a civil or criminal legal case. They often work to:

  • Assist with jury selection and provide juries with relevant, psychological information pertaining to the case.
  • Serve as an expert witness during a court case.
  • Provide inmates with counseling services.
  • Partner with law enforcement to develop psychological profiles and examine evidence at a crime scene.

Educational and Counseling Professions for Psychology Graduates

Many graduates with a psychology degree find it rewarding to explore educational and counseling professions. According to the American Psychological Association , psychologists in the educational and counseling sector often study the cognitive science behind learning, helping others recognize that many factors can influence a person's ability to learn new information, retain it for the long term, and remain passionate about learning opportunities.

School Counselor and Educational Psychologist Positions

School counselors and educational psychologists play a vital role in today's dynamic, modern learning environments. According to Indeed , school counselors typically work with elementary, middle, or high school students, with their roles varying depending on the school where they work.

Some common responsibilities of school counselors include:

  • Designing innovative and interactive programs to improve the school culture and environment. For instance, some school counselors are responsible for developing anti-bullying campaigns at their schools.
  • Working with students individually to monitor academic progress, improve their emotional well-being, and connect them with services and resources that could improve their quality of life.
  • Collaborating with teachers and administrators to ensure all students' needs are met within the building.
  • Helping students set and achieve academic goals. At the high school level, school counselors often work with graduating students to help them explore their options and create a plan for the future.

Careers as a Mental Health Counselor

Psychology graduates often find work in mental health counseling — in fact, there is significant demand for qualified mental health care professionals. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics , employment levels for mental health counselors are expected to grow by more than 18 percent between 2022 and 2032, which is much faster than average compared to all other occupations.

According to Indeed , mental health counselors typically work directly with individual patients or in a group setting to help them overcome challenges, address traumatic situations, and manage stress, anxiety, and depression. In many cases, mental health counselors develop long-term, ongoing relationships with their clients to help them:

  • Establish goals.
  • Develop coping mechanisms.
  • Discuss any issues or concerns that they have.
  • Seek out any additional services they may need, such as psychiatric care.

It's important to note that mental health counselors can provide holistic therapeutic services for clients. However, they cannot prescribe medication or diagnose their clients' specific psychological conditions.

The Growing Field of Sports Psychology

One up-and-coming niche within the psychology field is sports psychology. The American Psychological Association defines sports psychology as the study of human behavior in a way that optimizes athletic performance and improves overall well-being. Sports psychologists can work with many clients, from youth athletes to high-level professional athletes.

Sports psychologists often work directly with athletes, coaches, and other professionals involved in an athletic organization to:

  • Assist athletes with goal-setting.
  • Teach athletes specialized strategies that allow them to concentrate, remain confident, and regulate their emotions.
  • Provide mental health counseling services related to issues many athletes experience, such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, loss of motivation, and rehabilitation after an injury.
  • Develop team-building programs designed to enhance camaraderie and build connections within an organization.

Unique Careers in the Corporate World for Psychology Graduates

Those who earn a degree in psychology will also find that there are unique career opportunities for them within the corporate world. The fact that psychology graduates have developed expertise in human behavior and thought processes makes them a valuable addition to organizations of all sizes and across all industries.

The Role of a Human Resources Officer

Human resources is one of the most natural corporate careers for psychology degree holders, as their foundational understanding of human behavior makes them ideal for this department. Human resources officers are often required to retain and attract top talent, motivate employees to stay productive, and create effective employment processes for the workplace setting. In addition, according to Indeed , human resources officers are sometimes called upon to be a sounding board for employees who have grievances or need to share an experience in the workplace with someone who will maintain a strict sense of confidentiality. The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that most candidates need a bachelor’s degree to secure an entry-level human resources position, and the field is expected to grow by about 6 percent between 2022 and 2032, which is faster than average compared to all other occupations.

Opportunities as a Management Analyst

Organizations employ management analysts to evaluate current operational procedures and develop a dynamic plan designed to improve efficiency, making this an ideal position for someone with a background in psychology. Psychology graduates have an expert-level knowledge of human behavior, allowing them to better understand what would motivate employees in a given organization to improve performance and outcomes. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics , the job outlook for management analysts is positive. Employment levels are expected to grow by about 10 percent between 2022 and 2032, much faster than average.

How Does a Psychology Degree Contribute to Law Enforcement Jobs?

By earning a psychology degree, you may find that you can easily explore a career in law enforcement. Law enforcement professionals and legal teams often work with psychologists to better understand criminal behavior and analyze crime scenes. According to the American Psychological Association , psychology intersects with the field of law enforcement in four key ways:

  • Assessment of criminals and victims.
  • Clinical intervention for criminals and victims.
  • Operational support within the law enforcement industry.
  • Consultation within the law enforcement industry.

The Importance of Psychologists in Healthcare

The American Psychological Association notes that health psychologists play a pivotal role in today's ever-evolving healthcare landscape. Psychologists can rely on their expert understanding of human behavior to help patients manage health conditions, encourage patients to follow medical advice, and develop programs that promote positive, healthy habits in a specific patient population.

Are There Research Opportunities for Psychology Degree Graduates?

Psychology degree graduates can pursue a career in research, such as working as a research assistant at a university or conducting research for an organization related to a specific psychological topic. Research-focused careers allow psychologists to pursue their interests through specific projects, with many actively working to discover and publish findings that will impact the field. According to Indeed , common research specialties among psychologists include forensics, sports, and education.

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Psychology is one of the most popular majors in the United States. It's great to be passionate about the subject you want to study. But it's also smart to get a sense of how a degree in psychology from the right program can:

  • Catapult you into a great job
  • Prepare you for advanced degrees
  • Help you develop widely marketable skills

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University of Florida-Online

  • Gainesville, FL

Programmatic Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Cost per Credit:

In-State | $129

Out-of-State | $553

Credits to Graduate: 120

The University of Florida's online psychology degree approaches psychology as a natural and social science. The curriculum includes statistics, mathematics, biology, and core psychology courses and electives. 

First-time applicants need four years of English and mathematics, three years of science and social sciences, and two years of foreign language. The minimum GPA requirement is 2.5, but competitive GPAs start at 3.7. Standardized test scores are required for applicants who graduated within the last five years.

George Mason University

  • Fairfax, VA
  • Online + Campus

In-State | $421

Out-of-State | $1,428

Enrollees can choose from two options for a bachelor's degree in psychology from George Mason University : a bachelor of arts (BA) or a bachelor of science (BS). Students learn about developmental, abnormal, and social psychology in both programs. However, a BA requires three credits of foreign language, while a BS focuses on general education in math and science.

Students can choose an optional forensic, industrial-organizational, applied, or developmental psychology concentration. A required career readiness course covers learners' options in the social sciences.

University of Utah

  • Salt Lake City, UT

Programmatic Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

In-State | $260

Out-of-State | $260

Credits to Graduate: 122

The University of Utah's psychology degree online program offers two degree pathways: a fully online bachelor of science degree (BS) or a bachelor of arts degree (BA) that requires the completion of foreign language courses on campus. Students take four core psychology courses, then choose one course from five psychology specializations: behavioral/neuroscience, developmental, clinical, social, and cognitive psychology. 

Students who live near campus can work as research assistants, interns, or peer advisors or participate in the local honor society. 

University of Massachusetts-Lowell

Programmatic Accreditation: New England Commission on Higher Education

In-State | $380

Out-of-State | $380

The University of Massachusetts-Lowell online psychology degree program includes general education, world languages and culture courses, and psychology core and elective courses. 

With the instructor's approval, seniors can take a graduate-level course as their advanced psychology elective. 

The program accepts up to 90 transfer credits, so students with enough existing credit can complete a bachelor's degree in psychology in one year. Additionally, all online students, including international students, pay the same tuition. Students pay a net price of $14,070 per year after financial aid. 

All online students, including international students, pay the same tuition. 

University of Missouri-Columbia

  • Columbia, MO

Programmatic Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

In-State | $617

Out-of-State | $734

The University of Missouri-Columbia's online psychology degree is a joint project with the University of Missouri-St. Louis. students can take courses from both schools. This psychology degree emphasizes research, including gathering data and reporting on findings. 

Learners must complete a capstone project to graduate. Other requirements include 30 credits in psychology and three in statistics. Enrollees may also choose an optional concentration, such as clinical, social, or developmental psychology, or design their own concentration with their advisor.

Florida International University

In-State | $153

Out-of-State | $567

Florida International University's online psychology degree requirements include courses in math; biology; career development; a research sequence; and developmental, cognitive, and social psychology. 

FIU guarantees admission to applicants who graduate from partner two-year degree programs within three years. Transfer students apply online with a $30 application fee and official college transcripts. Applicants with fewer than 60 college credits must provide official high school transcripts and SAT, ACT, or CLT scores. 

University of Central Florida

  • Orlando, FL

In-State | $179

Out-of-State | $716

The University of Central Florida's online psychology degree offers five specialty tracks: clinical, experimental, human factors, industrial-organizational, or neuroscience and a general track. The program emphasizes psychology terms, statistics, and research skills. Students can deepen their psychology knowledge through research, an optional capstone project, fieldwork, or internships. 

The program pairs students with success coaches who answer non-academic questions and connect them with resources. Students should direct academic questions to their instructors or advisors. 

John Brown University

  • Siloam Springs, AR

In-State | $315

Out-of-State | $315

John Brown University's online psychology degree offers a standard bachelor's degree in psychology or an accelerated program to finish their master's in counseling a year sooner. The private Christian university encourages students to integrate psychology, faith, and theology.

Learners must complete 43 hours of psychology courses and up to 20 hours of specialty coursework in natural sciences, foreign language, counseling, or a school-approved specialty unique to the student. Students must select a specialty area or create a new specialty approved by the school. Some required specialty courses are only available on campus.

Students are encouraged to submit their capstone project to the undergraduate psychology journal.

Oregon State University

  • Corvallis, OR

In-State | $350

Out-of-State | $350

Credits to Graduate: 180 quarter-credits

Oregon State University's online psychology degree program emphasizes the scientific aspects of psychology, including research methodology, problem-solving, statistics, data collection, and data analysis. Students who qualify for the honors program can collaborate with instructors on research projects. 

The 180 credits required to graduate are the equivalent of 120 semester credits. Students with credits from previous college work can request a free, informal transcript evaluation to determine how their credits might transfer.

Oklahoma State University-Main Campus

  • Stillwater, OK

Out-of-State | $939

Oklahoma State University-Main Campus's online psychology degree enables students to minor or double major, often without the need to extend their program hours. Learners must complete U.S. history, international studies, diversity, math and statistics, natural sciences, and psychology core and elective courses. To declare a psychology major, students must pass core math and psychology courses with at least a 2.0 grade.

Active-duty military may qualify for resident tuition rates. The school does not require test scores for admission. However, some scholarships require test scores, so the school encourages submitting them.

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Why Should I Get a Psychology Degree Online?

Earning your psychology degree online means you can complete coursework remotely and learn from anywhere. This flexibility makes an online psychology degree great for career changers or those who must balance work while going to school . In addition, you can have a fulfilling career with a psychology degree.

Reasons to Get a Degree in Psychology

The first reason is existential: Psychology is a science that can help you understand yourself and other people — which can enrich your life, your relationships, and your career.

The second reason is academic: Most high-paying jobs in the psychology field require an advanced degree. An online bachelor's program in psychology prepares you well for grad school.

The third reason is pragmatic: A degree in psychology can help you thrive in a variety of interesting jobs. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), psychology programs provide important skills that employers are looking for, including:

  • Analytical and critical thinking
  • Information management
  • Judgment and decision-making
  • Communication
  • Collaboration

How Much Does an Online Psychology Degree Cost?

Tuition and fees for a bachelor's degree in psychology can vary depending on several factors. These include the cost per credit and whether you attend a public vs. private school, pay in-state or out-of-state tuition rates, and enroll full or part-time.

The costs of an online psychology degree extend beyond tuition and fees and can include class materials, a computer or laptop, and reliable internet. Online learners can save money on commuting and parking costs, and some programs may provide laptops and course resources.

You can also reduce educational costs through financial aid. Check into public and private scholarships and grants , especially those for psychology majors. Additional ways to cut your tuition bill include government and private loans, work study , and accelerated learning tracks that can decrease your time in school.

Average Annual Tuition Cost of a Bachelor's Degree, 2023-2023

Public institution, private institution (nonprofit).

Source: National Center for Education Statistics

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How Long Does It Take to Get a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology Online?

It typically takes 3-4 years to complete an online bachelor's degree in psychology. However, some online programs offer accelerated degrees that speed up that timeline.

Part-time students typically earn their psychology degree in 5-6 years.

Required Course Credits

120 credits

Field Study Requirements*

*Depending on your program and specialization

How Much Money Can I Make With a Bachelor's in Psychology?

Median annual earnings with a bachelor's in psychology degree.

Source: BLS , 2021

Annual earnings for the top 25% of earners with a bachelor's in psychology degree

Source: APA , 2019

Salary varies by education level, industry, occupation, and location. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the top-paying states for psychologists include Nevada, California, Oregon, and Virginia.

“The key to making good money with a bachelor's degree in psychology is planning. Know what career field you want to break into and pursue practical experience in that field while you're still in school: Work part-time, get internships, build a professional network.”

— Niyathi Sulkunte, BA, Psychology

Read More: Find Out How to Get Internships as a Psychology Major

What Jobs Can I Get With a Bachelor's in Psychology Degree?

What can you do with a psychology degree ? A lot. The liberal arts and science courses that typically comprise the psychology major can help you gain entry-level positions in education, counseling, sales, social work, and business settings. Other psychology career paths include:

You can also pursue a master's degree or doctorate in psychology to expand your job prospects. Some careers in the field include:

Psychology Careers

  • Clinical psychologist
  • Counseling psychologist
  • Health psychologist
  • Rehabilitation psychologist
  • School psychologist
  • Engineering psychologist
  • Environmental psychologist
  • Forensic psychologist
  • Industrial/organizational psychologist

Is a Bachelor's in Psychology Worth It?

If you're interested in understanding what makes people tick, a bachelor's in psychology program can be rewarding. Although almost half of undergraduates with a degree in psychology go on to earn an advanced degree, there are many career options without an advanced degree.

Here's what graduates have to say about their psychology degrees:

“I don't regret my major choice at all — if you have a passion for it, it's worth studying. So much of the foundational training I got from a bachelor's in psychology serves me well in my job: I am able to offer an extra degree of analysis and understanding that is very valuable.”

— Niyathi Sulkunte

“I would say my bachelor's degree in psychology was worth it — it gave me a good idea of the breadth of work in which I could apply what I was learning. My degree also prepared me very well for grad school.”

— Melissa Venable , Ph.D, Director of Professional Development and Principle Education Writer

“If I had to pay for a bachelor's degree in psychology today, I'm not sure I would do it — as much as I loved getting mine. If you want to go directly from your bachelor's degree to into the mental health field, you may do better getting a degree in counseling or social work.”

— Alison DeNisco Rayome , BA, Psychology

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Are online psychology degrees respected?

Online psychology degree programs offer the same curriculum and specialized faculty members as their on-campus counterparts. As with traditional study, distance learners should ensure that their college or university holds regional accreditation , which indicates that it meets academic standards.

Is an online psychology degree worth it?

Graduates of a bachelor's in psychology program earn an average annual salary of $69,000, according to Payscale data from December 2023. Psychology program graduates can pursue jobs in various industries, including business, community and social services, education, and healthcare. Bachelor's programs also prepare students for graduate study.

What's the fastest way to become a psychologist?

A bachelor's degree in psychology can qualify you for entry-level positions in social work, substance use, or mental health counseling. A traditional bachelor's degree takes four years to complete, but an online psychology degree may take less time. For licensed clinical psychology positions, you'll most likely need a doctoral-level psychology degree , which can take an additional four years to earn.

Is it easy to earn a psychology degree online?

Online psychology degree programs offer flexibility and convenience since you can learn from home. But online learning is just as rigorous as in-class instruction. For some, distance education may be even more challenging than in-person learning as it requires time management skills and discipline to complete the work on your own.

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