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Program Requirements

Educational Psychology Program Scheme

Year One

Fall Semester (10 credits)

Spring Semester (12 credits)

HUDE 200 Introduction to Educational Research (3)

HUDE 400 Intermediate Statistics (3)

HUDE 220 Advanced Educational Psychology (3)

HUDE 320 Human Learning (3)

HUDE 201 Human Growth and Development (3)

HUDE 225 Advanced Measurement & Evaluation (3)

HUDE 503 Directed Individual Study (1)

HUDE 323 Motivation in the Classroom (3)

(eoy: 18, 20, 22… )

Year Two

Fall Semester (12 credits)

Spring Semester (12 Credits)

HUDE 331 Seminar in Black Child Development (3)

HUDE 328 Problems in Educational Psychology (3)

HUDE 325 Theories of Cognitive Development (3)

HUDE 502 Multivariate Analysis (3)

HUDE 500 Advanced Statistics (3)

HUDE 301 Educational Research II (Thesis Credit) (3)

HUDE 301 Educational Research II (Thesis Credit) ( 3)

HUDE 420 Seminar in Learning and Cognition (3)

Year Three

Fall Semester (9 credits)

Spring Semester (9 credits)

HUDE 322 Indiv Assessment of Cognitive Abilities (3)

HUDE 403 Select Topics in Program Evaluation (3)

HUDE 401 Evaluation Methodology (3)

Subspecialty (3)

HUDE 455 Issues & Trends in Measurement Theory (3)

HUDE 503 Directed Individual (3)

(eoy: 18, 20, 22…)

Study/Practicum/Elective (as needed)

Year Four

Fall Semester (9 credits)

Spring Semester (12 credits)

HUDE 518 Internship (3)

HUDE 501 Design & Analysis of Research Projects (3)

EDAP 524 Adv Qualitative Research(a) (3)

HUDE 518 Internship (3)

Subspecialty (3)

Subspecialty (3)

HUDE 503 Advanced Topics in Motivation(a) (3)

(eoy: 17, 19, 21…)

Year Five

Fall Semester (3-6 credits)

Spring Semester (3-6 credits)

HUDE 509 Dissertation Research (6 total min) (3-6)

HUDE 509 Dissertation Research (3-6)

Total (Minimum) Credit Hours=91
Note: eoy=every other year​
a: Course cannot be taken until completion of the thesis​

**Note: this is a recommended curriculum scheme; however, due to variations in course offerings and individual choices there will be some variability in sequencing.

  • All students are responsible for taking and passing the Expository Writing Examination.
  • All students are to take a Doctoral Comprehensive Examination prior to achieving candidacy (recommended in Year Three).
  • All students are responsible for participating in a portfolio process.
  • All first-year doctoral students are required to do a first-year research project with an assigned advisor.
  • All students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher to maintain residency in the program.
  • A student will be permitted only two “c” grades. Upon receipt of a third “c” grade, the student will be dropped from the program.
  • No degree credits are earned by a graduate student for “d” or “f” grades received in graduate level courses. These courses must be repeated.
  • Thesis must be done in consultation with a thesis advisor.
  • Dissertation must be done in consultation with a dissertation advisor.
  • Students may apply to transfer into the program up to 24 credit hours from an earned and accredited Master’s degree program, in consultation with the Program Coordinator.
  • Students who have already earned a Master of Arts degree (with a thesis requirement) in Educational Psychology or related field will be considered for a thesis exemption or thesis equivalent requirement, on a case by case basis.

Students should select their subspecialty area, in consultation with an advisor. Students must complete nine (9) subspecialty credit hours, outside of the School of Education. The following areas can be considered for the subspecialty area, and other areas can be proposed by the student:

  • Education Policy
  • Educational/Instructional Technology
  • Measurement and Assessment
  • Program Evaluation
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology/Neuroscience
  • Personality Psychology
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Family Studies
  •  Statistics

At the time of admission, all students accepted for doctoral study in Educational Psychology are expected to progress through the program and be successful. After the third year, each student’s progress will be assessed by a committee of program faculty in order to determine their eligibility to continue in the program and into advanced doctoral study. Continuation in the doctoral program depends on satisfactory performance in coursework (minimum 3.0 GPA), research (completion of 1 st year project and thesis), and timely progression in program (completion of thesis and 36 hours of coursework in three years or less). Students who fail to make satisfactory progress toward the doctoral degree may be terminated at the third- year review, upon the decision of the program faculty.