Psychological Foundations of Education
Psychological Foundations focuses on the psychological underpinnings of high-level cognition and learning throughout the lifespan, particularly in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) domains and reading: scientific reasoning, technologies that support learning, mathematical problem solving, reading, and language comprehension. Cognitive, developmental, and social approaches are implemented in diverse settings ranging from the laboratory to the classroom.
The program prepares graduates to take leadership positions as faculty, as research scientists at universities and companies, and in human service organizations, health care units, and government agencies. Graduate training combines coursework that provides a solid disciplinary grounding, advanced seminars, and an apprenticeship model where students and faculty collaborate on novel research projects.
The psychological foundations of education track is housed within the Department of Educational Psychology, which is itself housed in the College of Education and Human Development. Applicants need not hold a master's degree to apply to the doctoral program. Students are admitted to the educational psychology graduate program in the psychological foundations track for either the master of arts (M.A.) or doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) program. Please note, the PsyF track is affiliated with the Quantitative methods in education (QME) track within the department of educational psychology.
Specific concentration areas
Social psychological and social developmental processes in educational Psychology (including human relations)
A certificate program in talent development and gifted education is also available.
Psychological Foundations of Education Mission Statement
To apply and generate knowledge of psychological processes and methodological procedures involved in learning and teaching for the betterment and improvement of humans in a wide range of situations.