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Educational Psychology Areas of Study
Although coursework, research, and faculty interests span the sub-disciplines of the field of educational psychology, there are four areas of study within the department:
- Cognitive Science of Teaching and Learning (CSTL)
- Counseling Psychology
- Child Development
- Studies in Interpretive, Statistical, Measurement and Evaluative Methodologies for Education (QUERIES)
Faculty members and students with similar interests work together closely within each area of study. Most often, students apply to and are admitted to a specific area of study. At admission, students are linked to an academic advisor, who helps them select courses and understand the various academic expectations. If a student's interests change after enrolling, it is possible to change advisors and areas of study. Typically a student's advisor becomes the thesis chair, though this is not required. It is also always possible to have a thesis chair that is different from one's academic advisor.
Along with other departments in the College of Education, Educational Psychology can also confer the CAS, MA, and MS degrees. However, we do not have formal terminal programs for those degrees except we are accepting application for an on-campus Master of Science (MS) degree, with a focus on Studies in Interpretive, Statistical, Measurement, and Evaluative Methodologies for Education (QUERIES). MA and MS degrees are usually awarded to Ph.D. students who join our department with a bachelor's degree and then are required to get a master's degree as the first step in their doctoral program. You don't need a master's degree to apply for our Ph.D. program. You can apply with a bachelor's degree. Therefore, virtually all applicants to our on-campus program are Ph.D. candidates.