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Educational Psychology and Research

By increasing our understanding of the factors that shape our ability to understand and use new information, we can make teaching and training methods more effective. This requires a diligent, concerted effort using reliable methods.

Have you ever stopped to consider the many different forces at work- biological, psychological, or even social, that shape the ways that we learn and how we respond to educational experiences?

As part of your studies in Educational Psychology and Research, you will work closely and collaboratively with faculty on research projects. You will likely have other opportunities for hands-on experiences, such as teaching an undergraduate educational psychology or assessment course.

Your course work

Your studies will be based on a "scientist-practitioner" model.  Courses focus on examining developments in scientific knowledge in the areas of human development and the science of learning. You will also receive state-of-the-art research training in advanced quantitative and qualitative study techniques as well as research methodologies.

Your career

Like other programs with multiple concentrations, your career options depend on what you choose. Along with the obvious psychologist roles, a degree in educational psychology can lead to positions in academia, and even clinical or consulting practices. Choosing to specialize in research and measurement can lead to rewarding work as a director of educational research in school districts, government agencies or the private sector.