Degrees & Programs

Educational Psychology

Understand how students acquire knowledge and how learning environments shape outcomes. You’ll study the cognitive, environmental, social, and emotional factors that shape students’ ability to learn. By understanding these influences, you can create opportunities for children and adults to learn more effectively.

Overview

Faculty areas of research include:

  • Child, adolescent, and adult development
  • Cognitive and social development
  • Creativity
  • Individual differences in learning rates (i.e., gifted learners)
  • Classroom applications of learning theories
  • The interacting effects of child, home, and school variables

Some of our research programs focus on basic processes of development, such as family processes, parenting, scaffolding, peers, social status; social networks, the development of aggression, violence, emotional and academic self-regulation, play interests, expertise, metacognition, creativity, children’s thinking, gerontology, physical activity and aging, and creativity and aging.

Faculty also focus on applied programs of research such as child care and development, family/school connections, learning in the classroom, adolescent deviancy and risky behaviors, and geriatric education for health care professionals. A wide range of research methods is used by faculty and included as part of the training program, including laboratory based experimental studies, naturalistic studies in homes and schools, and secondary data analysis of large data sets.

We limit the number of doctoral students entering the Educational Psychology program to typically 4–6 students each year in order to facilitate close mentoring relationships between faculty and students. Please note: we are not currently admitting new students to the PhD program. Alternative programs for the educational psychology program are Learning Sciences and Human Development.  These programs have similarities with the educational psychology program and are well worth investigating.

Our department is firmly committed to mentoring and supporting ethnic minority graduate students.

Degrees

The IU School of Education offers the following degrees in Educational Psychology:

M.S.Ed. in Learning and Developmental Sciences (Educational Psychology Program)

Examine how teachers, classroom environments, and schools can enhance or diminish student motivation and performance. You’ll gain insight into cognitive and emotional changes in children, adolescents, and adults and develop a solid foundation in the theoretical frameworks that guide different styles of teaching.

This 36-credit hour program teams you with nationally known researchers exploring motivation, creativity, social development of children, aggression and bullying in schools, and family influences on child development. It also includes a strong emphasis on statistical analysis, assessment, and inquiry methodology.

Degree Requirements

Detailed degree requirements may be found in the Bulletin section of the Educational Psychology program specific Student Portal. Course descriptions can be found in the current School of Education Graduate Bulletin.

Ph.D. in Learning and Developmental Sciences (Educational Psychology Program)

Take an in-depth look at the biological, cognitive, social, and emotional issues that affect learning. Investigate real-life issues from why some students learn faster to how aggressive behaviors develop in school settings. As a Ph.D. in educational psychology, you’ll begin working on independent research under the mentorship of a faculty advisor as early as your first semester. You’ll also have the opportunity to pursue professional roles, from teaching to program development, which will help you meet your career objectives.

Through this 90-credit hour program, you’ll enter the job market with at least two years of teaching experience, a portfolio of national conference presentations, and a record of publications. You’ll be prepared to pursue academic appointments or work at education research institutions or government agencies.

Please note: we are not currently admitting new students to the PhD program. Alternative programs for the educational psychology program are Learning Sciences and Human Development.  These programs have similarities with the educational psychology program and are well worth investigating.

Degree Requirements

Course descriptions and complete degree requirements can be found in the IU School of Education Graduate Bulletin.

Detailed degree requirements may be found in the Bulletin section of the Educational Psychology program specific Student Portal. Course descriptions can be found in the current School of Education Graduate Bulletin.


Qualifying Examination

The qualifying examination is given towards the end of the student's course work. It has two parts--a written examination, followed by an oral one. The written examination, has three sections covering (a) a general exam in Human Development, Inquiry, and Learning and Cognition, (b) the Major exam in Educational Psychology, and (c) the Minor exam. Minor qualifying examination requirements are under the direction of the minor department.

Dissertation (15 cr. minimum)
After passing the written and oral qualifying examinations, the student is admitted to candidacy and begins formal work on the dissertation. In consultation with the dissertation director, the student enrolls in P795 Dissertation Proposal Preparation, and selects a research committee.

Proposal approval and dissertation research as pursued by the student under the direction of his/her research committee.

A final oral examination of the dissertation completes the doctoral program.

Faculty
Careers

From educational consulting and instructional software companies to Fortune 500 companies seeking research specialists, your career opportunities as a Learning Sciences graduate are numerous and exciting.

Graduates of these programs secure positions as university faculty members, as psychological and educational researchers, and as program evaluators in research and consulting firms, foundations, public schools, industry, state and federal departments of education, and the military.

Contact

For detailed program information, please contact:

Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology
201 North Rose Avenue, Suite 4000
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: (812) 856-8300
Email: cep@indiana.edu