Educational Psychology - Ph.D.

College of Education, Health and Human Services
School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences
405 White Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-2294
www.kent.edu/ehhs/ldes


Description

The Ph.D. in Educational Psychology provides for advanced study into the principles of human learning. Under the more general rubric of Educational Psychology, students can choose a concentration in Instructional Technology, which consists of coursework that examines how to most effectively use information and communications technologies for instructional proposes. Graduates are qualified to teach at the university level and are also prepared for professional leadership in a variety of settings.

Admission Requirements

  • Official transcript(s)
  • Goal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 550 TOEFL score (79 on the Internet-based version), minimum 77 MELAB score, minimum 6.5 IELTS score or minimum 58 PTE Academic score. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission websiteEffective spring 2018.

Admission into the Ph.D. program also requires master's degree from an accredited institution, recommended graduate GPA of 3.50, GRE with recommended scores at the 50th percentile or higher, resume and interview.

For more information about graduate admission, please visit the Graduate Studies website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Ph.D. program will be able to:

  1. Apply theories and principles of learning to the development of instructional activities.
  2. Apply the principles of social learning to the design of instructional materials and units.
  3. Systematically design effective instructional programs to meet the individual needs of learners.
  4. Use technology applications for effective teaching.
  5.  Locate, read and interpret professional literature about technology in education, including empirically derived, scientifically-based research studies and evaluation reports.
  6. Evaluate teaching and learning practices with a wide variety of assessment tools and techniques.
  7. Conduct literature reviews and design empirical research to examine issues associated with the use of technology in the learning process.

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

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Major Requirements
EPSY 70094COLLEGE TEACHING 3
EPSY 75524LEARNING THEORIES 13
EPSY 80090DOCTORAL RESIDENCY SEMINAR 3
EPSY 80199DISSERTATION I 230
EPSY 87450PSYCHOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES OF EDUCATION 33
EVAL 75510STATISTICS I FOR EDUCATIONAL SERVICES 13
EVAL 85515QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH DESIGNS AND ANALYSIS 3
EVAL 85516QUALITATIVE RESEARCH DESIGN 3
ITEC 77403INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN 13
or ITEC 77442 DESIGNING ONLINE COURSES
ITEC 87450LEARNING WITH INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES 33
Advanced Research, choose from the following:6
STATISTICS II: ANOVA AND NONPARAMETRIC TESTS
ADVANCED QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH IN EDUCATIONAL SERVICES
ADVANCED QUALITATIVE RESEARCH IN EDUCATIONAL SERVICES
Other EVAL as approved by advisor
Additional Major Requirements
Students declaring the Instructional Technology concentration should instead take the electives listed below under the concentration requirements.
Choose from the following:12
CHILD AND ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT
ADULT DEVELOPMENT
LIFE SPAN DEVELOPMENT
EDUCATIONAL MOTIVATION
PSYCHOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION
EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
SPECIAL TOPICS IN LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT
INDIVIDUAL INVESTIGATION IN LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT
RESEARCH IN LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT
COGNITIVE NEUROPSYCHOLOGY
COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY
Other electives as approved by the committee
Minimum Total Credit Hours:75
1

If not taken during master's work.

2

Upon admission to candidacy, each doctoral candidate must register for EPSY 80199. It is expected that a doctoral candidate will continuously register for Dissertation I for a total of 30 credit hours, and thereafter EPSY 80299, each semester (including summer) until all requirements for the degree have been met.

3

Taken together as early as possible, preferably in the first year of doctoral work.

Graduation Requirements

After admission to the Ph.D. degree program, students plan a program of study with their faculty advisory committee, headed by their advisor. Students take at least 45 credit hours of coursework. Students’ programs may include at least one appropriate graduate-level minor or cognate, as well as the major.

Instructional Technology Concentration Requirements

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Concentration Requirements
Choose from the following:12
DIGITAL VIDEO IN EDUCATION
SIMULATION-GAMES IN EDUCATION
DESIGNING VISUALS FOR INSTRUCTION
RESEARCHING CURRENT ISSUES IN INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY
MANAGING TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE
NETWORKING BASIC FOR EDUCATORS
DESIGNING MULTIMEDIA FOR INSTRUCTION
EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES
VIRTUAL REALITY
DISTANCE EDUCATION
WEB DEVELOPMENT FOR EDUCATORS
INSTRUCTIONAL APPLICATIONS OF THE INTERNET
DESIGNING ONLINE COURSES
TEACHING ONLINE COURSES
RESEARCH IN ONLINE LEARNING
Other electives as approved by the committee
Minimum Total Credit Hours:12
  • If specific courses were taken at the master's level, then the committee should substitute others to bring the total credit hours up to a minimum of 45. The Advisory Phase Committee may require more course work beyond 45 credit hours.