Specialization in Educational Psychology | Graduate School of Education

Specialization in Educational Psychology

Program Details

Area(s) of Study:
  • Educational Psychology
Associated Degree:
  • Ph.D.
Location(s):
  • On-Campus
Program Level:
  • Doctoral
Program Type:
  • Degree

Description

The specialization in Educational Psychology within the Learning, Cognition, Instruction, and Development concentration prepares students to conduct quantitative empirical research to advance psychological theory as applied to education. Our students become well grounded in learning, cognition, and development while acquiring the skills of the quantitative researcher:

  • Measurement theory
  • Statistical analysis
  • Research design
  • Evaluation
  • Qualitative tools to supplement quantitative methods

Scientific research is emphasized as a vehicle to advance theory that explains how people learn, teach, and differ from one another. Upon graduating, you’ll be prepared to conduct research concerning the discovery and validation of psychological processes and principles that have the potential to optimize human development and learning and to improve the methodological techniques that are employed in this process.

Courses

Proseminars (6 credits)
Required Research (6 credits)
Methodology (12 credits) Concentration (18 Credits)
Cognate Courses (6 Credits) Dissertation (24 credits)

Program Requirements

The Ph.D. in Education requires 48 credits of coursework and 24 credits of dissertation research. All students in the Learning, Cognition, Instruction, and Development concentration take a common set of courses, accumulating 18 credits within the concentration, of which 6 credits must be classes within the concentration but outside the faculty adviser’s specialty. A complete listing of degree requirements is available for download or at the Office of Student and Academic Services.

If you have more specific questions about this concentration, please contact Clark A. Chinn.

Admissions

Please visit http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu to apply. (Online applications are required.)

Applications are due by January 14 for fall admission.

Students applying to this program will need:

  • Transcripts from their undergraduate program and for any other degree they have received.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • A personal statement that describes why you are interested in studying education at Rutgers. We are especially interested in knowing what your research interests are and with which faculty members you would like to work.
  • GRE scores (from within the last five years) -verbal, quantitative, and analytic writing are necessary. For more information on the GRE, please go to http://www.ets.org/gre.

Please refer to the GSE website for details about programs, faculty, admissions criteria, financial aid, and tuition. Questions about admissions procedures are answered by Graduate and Professional Admissions at the website listed above.