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Program Overview

The PhD in Education with an emphasis in Educational Psychology is an exciting and rewarding effort. Educational psychology is a branch of psychology that focuses on psychology in education. It includes the social, emotional and cognitive processes that are involved in learning throughout the entire life span. The focus of educational psychology also incorporates a number of other disciplines, including developmental psychology, behavioral psychology, cognitive psychology, neuro-education, and psychological measurement and assessment.

Educational psychology is the study of the similarities and differences among individuals that guides educators to know how to promote learning and enhance motivation and informs them about which instructional and assessment strategies support students' learning and development. Studying with experts in the field will give you in depth knowledge in these areas and provide with the needed expertise to change the way we work youth and adults.

The PhD consists of a minimum of 90 hours of graduate coursework, including foundation courses (9-12 hours), research methods (15-18 hours), primary discipline courses (27-33 hours), and secondary discipline courses (12-15 hours). In addition, candidates must take a 3 hour exit course, complete a 6-9 hour research internship and complete dissertation research.

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What UMSL Education has to offer

UMSL’s College of Education is a hub of innovation, where diverse scholars, practitioners and education-focused entrepreneurs converge to problem solve, incubate and develop ideas and modes of practice that propel the entire field of education forward. The college provides a plethora of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs that prepare and sustain culturally competent, dedicated and highly trained teachers for a variety of traditional and non-traditional educational settings. The college also prepares administrators, counselors, school psychologists, behavior analysts, educational scholars and entrepreneurs. One of the state of Missouri’s largest prepares of educators, the college is consistently recognized for its excellence in teacher preparation. Its innovative Studio School model – which has the college partnering with more than 30 local schools – allows for collaborative practicum experiences that enrich future teacher’s learning while also strengthening the St. Louis region as a whole. 

Regularly available for student guidance and support, the College of Education's Office of Advising and Student Services (OASIS) offers students an unmatched resource for the planning, development and execution of their degree or degrees in education.

By partnering with a vast array of educational, business and community resources, the College of Education provides opportunities for students to develop professional connections for improving their careers as well as their communities. Graduates find jobs not only in schools, but in museums, zoos, nonprofit youth serving organizations, businesses, government agencies, national education organizations and art foundations.

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