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.
Two graduate level foundational statistics courses by advisement (6)
One departmental advanced research methods course (3):
Two of the following (6):
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)
Four electives by advisement. Must be different from courses taken to meet requirements in II above (12)
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)
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+
Typical specializations include:
See Educational Psychology and Research Methodology Faculty for their areas of expertise.
Related areas of study support the specialization. At least one related area will be in a different program area or department inside or outside the College of Education.
If you are interested in earning a PhD, please see our Educational Psychology and Research Methodology Faculty and contact faculty who share your research interests. For more details, please contact the chair of the departmental graduate committee.
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