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

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 program has rolling admission. Incomplete applications are not reviewed.

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Program Requirements

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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+

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Areas of Specialization

Typical specializations include:

  • Cognition and Learning
  • Motivation
  • Self-Regulated Learning
  • Educational Measurement
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Personal-Social Development and Schooling

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

Faculty

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Charles R. Hicks Chair Professor Educational Psychology & Research MethodologyEducational Studies
Work Phone: (765) 494-9625 Website: Vita
Senior Lecturer Educational Psychology & Research MethodologyEducational Studies
Work Phone: (765) 496-2354
Clinical Assistant Professor Educational PsychologyEducational Studies
Associate Professor Educational Psychology & Research MethodologyEducational Studies
Work Phone: (765) 494-0093
Professor Educational Psychology & Research MethodologyEducational Studies
Work Phone: (765) 494-7247
Professor Educational Psychology & Research MethodologyEducational Studies
Work Phone: (765) 496-2368
Associate Professor Educational Psychology & Research MethodologyEducational Studies
Work Phone: (765) 494-7295
Professor Educational Psychology & Research MethodologyEducational Studies
Work Phone: (765) 494-7321
Clinical Professor Educational Psychology & Research MethodologyEducational Studies
Work Phone: (765) 494-8121
Clinical Assistant Professor, Associate Director of the Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI) & High-ability Certificate/Licensure Advisor Educational Psychology & Research MethodologyEducational Studies
Work Phone: (765) 494-7252 Website: Vita
Associate Professor Educational Psychology & Research MethodologyEducational Studies
Work Phone: (765) 494-7347 Website: Curriculum Vitae

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