The Ph.D. in educational psychology requires a minimum of 72 s.h. of graduate credit. Students develop a plan of study in consultation with their advisors. Some of the required courses listed below encompass substantive areas within educational psychology. Other required courses include a research practicum, in which students assist with and eventually design and carry out original research, and several courses in measurement and statistics.

Some requirements may be waived for students who begin the Ph.D. program with a master's degree or with course work from another program.

Course requirements are as follows.

Required Courses

All of these (or equivilents):

  • PSQF 6200 Educational Psychology, 3 s.h.
  • PSQF 6205 Design of Instruction, 3 s.h.
  • PSQF 6281 Cognitive Theories of Learning, 3 s.h
  • PSQF 6230 Research in Educational Psychology  (≥ 3)
  • PSQF 7493 Ph.D. Thesis in Educational Psychology (≥ 10)

Core Courses

  • (15 s.h. minimum; selection dependent on student's area of specialization)
  • PSQF 7204 Foundations of the Learning Sciences, 3 s.h.
  • PSQF 6206 Advanced Child Development, 3 s.h.
  • PSQF 6275 Constructivism and the Design of Instruction, 3 s.h.
  • PSQF 6214 Design of Learning Environments, 3 s.h.
  • PSQF 6203 Tools and External Representations in Learning Processes, 3 s.h.
  • PSQF 6208 Design of Educational Multimedia, 3 s.h.
  • PSQF 6215 Web-based Learning, 3 s.h.
  • PSQF 7331 Special Topics in Educational Psychology (topics vary, may be taken more than once if EP content)

Required Research Methods Courses

Both of these or equivalents:

  • PSQF 6220 Quantitative Educational Research Methods, 3 s.h.
  • PSFQ 7331 Qualitative Educational Research Methods, 3 s.h.

Required Statistics Courses

At least two of the following or equivalent:

  • PSQF 6243 Intermediate Statistical Methods, 4 s.h.
  • PSQF 6244 Correlation and Regression, 4 s.h.
  • PSQF 6246 Design of Experiments, 4 s.h.
  • PSQF 6247 Nonparametric Statistical Methods, 3 s.h.
  • PSQF 6252 Introduction to Multivariate Statistical Methods, 3 s.h.

Minor Area Requirement

  • Minimum 12 s.h. that constitute a coherent program of coursework outside of the EP program

Other Electives

Up to 9 s.h.; others may be included given consultation with advisor:

  • PSQF 6217 Seminar in College Teaching, 3 s.h.
  • PSQF 6245 Application of Multivariate Statistical Techniques, 4 s.h.
  • PSQF 6257 Educational Measurement & Evaluation, 3 s.h.
  • PSQF 6265 Program Evaluation, 3 s.h.
  • PSQF 7331 Research Writing in Education, 3 s.h.
  • PSQF 7331 Conducting Research Online, 3 s.h.
  • Advanced Qualitative course (consult with advisor), 3. s.h.
  • Mixed Methods course (consult with advisor), 3 s.h.

Minor Area

Students must complete a minimum of 12 s.h. that constitute a coherent program of course work outside educational psychology and beyond the courses listed above. The minor area may be from a foundation discipline, such as psychology, or in another area of education, such as mathematics education, educational philosophy, or program evaluation. Course work must be at or above the 200-level, may span departments and colleges, and must reflect a plan approved by the student's advisor.

Second-Year Research Project

As part of their participation in PSQF:6230 Research in Educational Psychology, Ph.D. students are required to complete a research project of modest scope under the direction of a faculty member. They must present the work in both oral and written form to the program's faculty and students. First-year Ph.D. students may assist second-year students with data collection and other research activities, and students may design and conduct projects in collaboration with other students. The written report must be completed by the end of the student's second academic year in the program. Students may re-enroll in this course beyond their second year.

Students who enter the Ph.D. program holding an M.A. or M.S. with an acceptable empirical thesis are exempt from PSQF:6230 and the project.

Comprehensive Examination

The Ph.D. comprehensive examination emphasizes competence and depth in one or more narrowly defined areas of research and theory. Students choose from three options in consultation with their advisor and with the approval of the examining committee, which is made up of five faculty members and is not necessarily the same as the dissertation committee. The options are a review article, an extended research activity, or a traditional comprehensive examination. For details of each option's requirements, contact the Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations.