Investigate the Mental Processes of Learning
Learn how to ask scholarly questions and research the different ways people acquire and process knowledge as infants, children, adolescents, adults, and elders.
Coursework for the PhD in Educational Psychology prepares you to conduct informed scientific inquiry in areas of human behavior, cognition, and development related to educational experiences in homes, schools, group settings, and workplaces.
The apprenticeship-mentor model of the program enables you to develop expert-level research skills and gain teaching experience that can help you become a successful research scholar, college instructor, university professor, or practicing educational psychologist.
Program of Study
The PhD in Educational Psychology is a research-based program in which you learn how to generate new scientific knowledge related to psychological aspects of human development, learning, and performance.
One course in each of five of the following core subjects:
- Individual Differences and Special Education
- Research Methods
- Measurement and Evaluation
- Advanced Educational Psychology: Learning and Instruction
- Advanced Developmental Psychology
- Statistical Methods II
- Educational and Psychological Measurement
- Educational Research and Design
- Scholarly Writing
Five advanced courses that support your goals in any of the core subject areas.
As a doctoral student at UAlbany, you get first-hand experience conducting scientific inquiry under the guidance of educational psychology research faculty. During your course of study, you may be involved in any or all phases of a research project, from problem identification to data analysis to publication of findings.
To complete the PhD program, you also complete one semester of a professional apprenticeship directly related to your career goals. This advanced training period can provide useful training in undergraduate instruction. For example, you might teach an undergraduate course in educational psychology, provide test and measurement consulting services, or advise master's students.
Three options are available for fulfilling the research tool requirement. See graduate bulletin for details.
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Write three essays in learning and development and three essays in methodology.
Complete an original research project that contributes to the body of knowledge of educational psychology.
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The University at Albany offers a number of annual assistantships and fellowships that provide qualified graduate students with stipends and partial or full tuition remission. Stipends vary year to year.
Work assignments also vary, but commonly include teaching, international research, student advisement, and tasks within one of UAlbany's educational research centers.
To receive this type of funding, you must be taking 12 or more credits and not be employed in any other capacity at UAlbany or elsewhere.
Students and faculty in educational psychology are an active and engaged intellectual community. Your graduate school experience is enhanced by the registered graduate student organization (RGSO), which organizes student orientations and social gatherings.
This group provides you with faculty support, peer mentorship, and opportunities to develop special skills in preparation for faculty positions or research careers.
The RGSO also offers conference travel and research funding.
Careers and Advisement
The Pathways Into Education (PIE) Center is the central office on campus serving undergraduate, graduate, and prospective students interested in pursuing careers in education and programs leading to teacher certification.
Please call or email to schedule an appointment.
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