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.

Programs Offered:

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.


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.


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