The Educational Psychology and Educational Research Program consists of two concentration
areas: Educational Psychology and Educational Research. Neither concentration provides
counseling training. Both offer a broad range of options for students seeking a career
in higher education, school systems, government agencies, human services or industrial
settings. Research is a high priority in both concentrations. Students are encouraged
to become involved in one or more of the research teams that meet weekly. The educational
psychology concentration focuses on the domains of human development, motivation,
learning and cognition. The educational research concentration focuses on measurement,
research techniques in quantitative and qualitative approaches, and research design.
Master's degree program in Educational Psychology and Research has students from diverse backgrounds who upon graduation will enter the fields of
consulting business, educational services, research support, and program evaluation,
among other careers. With a strong emphasis on research in its coursework and daily
activities, the Master's degree program also prepares students for entering a Ph.D.
Ph.D. degree program in Educational Psychology and Research prepares advanced personnel for teaching and research at the university level, senior
administrative positions, educational research, and applied research in human services.
With a PhD in educational psychology and research, past graduates became university
professors, consultants with government agencies, senior administrators in school
systems, researchers in various business sectors.
Concentration: Educational Psychology
- Human Development: Theory, research, and practice in the domains of infancy, early
childhood, middle childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and aging. Biocultural processes
in child development and human development in the dynamic changing contexts.
- Learning, Cognition, and Motivation: Learning, motivation, critical thinking, self-regulated
learning, individual differences.
Concentration: Educational Research
- Quantitative Approach: Measurement, methods of statistical analyses, data mining,
research design, institutional research.
- Qualitative Approach: Contemporary theories, strategies, research design, data collection