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Educational Psychology

Ph.D. Specialization in Educational Psychology

Educational Psychology prepares graduates to be conscientious researchers who apply the scientific method to real-world educational problems. Primary goals are:

  • to engage students in cutting-edge collaborative research;

  • to provide a solid foundation that enables students to integrate theory, research, and practice and fosters a commitment to excellence in research and scholarship;

  • to help students acquire a deep understanding of human development and learning for the preparation of future educational professionals in all contexts.

The program is a mentorship model so students become part of a faculty member’s research team. Every student has both research and teaching experiences.

The Program

Students in the Educational Psychology specialization participate in a mentorship model and become part of a faculty member’s research team. Every student has the opportunity to engage in both teaching and research experiences.

Content Courses (20 hrs):

- EDF 7357 Application of Dev. Theories (4)

- EDF 7138 Adolescent Development (4)

- EDF 7265 Psychology of Language Dev. (4)

- EDF 7145 Cog. Issues in Instruction (4)

- EDF 7359 Resilience in Human Dev. (4)

(Content courses lead students toward a full understanding of learning and development.)

Professional Courses (8 hrs):

- Professional Seminar (1 credit, 4 semesters) 

  (Students learn the tools of success in


- Research Practicum (1 credit, 4 semesters)

  (Students work with one faculty mentor

  on research and work toward establishing

  an independent program of research)

Common Core Course (3 hrs):

- Philosophies of Inquiry

Research Methods/Statistics (11 hrs)

Social Foundations Course (3 hrs)

Teaching Supervision (1 hr)

Dissertation Credits (12 hrs)

Choice of Cognate (12 hrs)

Cognates provide specialized knowledge in another discipline.  Possible cognates include: Reading; Special Education; Elementary Education; Early Childhood; Educational Leadership; Measurement/ Evaluation; or various Secondary Education subject areas (e.g., English, Science, Social Studies).

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Click here to access the 2015-2016 Educational Psychology Graduate Handbook


For additional information, call or e-mail:

Dr. Sarah Kiefer,
Associate Professor and Coordinator,
Educational Psychology Program Area
Tel: 813-974-0155; e-mail:



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