This section describes two related, but different areas of study, Educational Psychology and Research and Foundations of Education. Both of these apply educational research in different ways.
The Foundations of Education degree is designed for people who want to become educational researchers who apply qualitative methodologies to their studies, or leaders with goals of greater social equity and justice.
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
In your Educational Foundations courses, you will work closely with your adviser and doctoral committee to construct a program of study that supports your chosen research path. In addition to your courses in educational foundations, you will design your own individual program of study in social sciences and humanities education. Depending on your areas of focus, you might present at regional, national, and international conferences.
In Educational Psychology and Research, 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.
The degrees in this area of focus can lead to highly specialized, rewarding work.
For example, members of the Foundations of Education faculty have served as Fulbright scholars and consultants for international non-governmental organizations, and even Ministries of Education. Many other paths are available; these primarily combine teaching and research with involvement with schools and communities at all levels- local, national and worldwide.
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.