As a student in the program, you’ll study the psychological processes critical to education. Research in our program focuses on cognitive and social-emotional development, including high-level cognition and factors shaping and enhancing learning throughout the lifespan. Our faculty and students do not just conduct laboratory experiments—we also put our research to work: in local schools on programs to improve students’ reading and science outcomes and with members of our diverse communities to help our neighbors succeed at school and work.
Masters and PhD students choose between two areas of emphasis:
Study how social processes contribute to the success of schools and other educational organizations
The Department of Educational Psychology offers a minor in educational psychology with an emphasis in psychological foundations of education.
Shape your teaching and research through better understanding of how people learn. As a student in our new learning sciences certificate program, you’ll study learning theories, methodologies, designs, and evidence-based practices central to teaching and conducting research that supports the learning process.
Develop, implement, and supervise programs to teach gifted and talented students in K-12 and postsecondary schools and other settings
Visit the College of Education and Human Development's Finance and Funding page for information on tuition.
Submit your application materials by December 1, and you’ll automatically be considered for Graduate School fellowships and departmental awards based on scholastic achievement. Notification of awards will be sent in March.
Get paid to work as a teaching assistant, graduate instructor or research assistant. Graduate assistantships are available through the department, College of Education and Human Development, and the University.
Note: Applicants who complete their applications by the March 1 deadline will be less likely to receive graduate assistantships than students who meet the December 1 deadline.
The Department of Educational Psychology is deeply committed to increasing the diversity of our undergraduate and graduate programs, of our teaching and learning, of our research and clinical practice, and of our outreach and service across fields of educational psychology. Visit our diversity page to learn more about our commitment to diversity and resources for supporting diversity and inclusion.
Note: Due to the various impacts of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the psychological foundations of education program will NOT require the GRE in the application for admissions for the fall 2022 cohort.