The Department of Foundations of Education offers a Ph.D. in education degree with two separate concentrations — educational psychology; and research, assessment and evaluation:
Designed for research-oriented doctoral students who want to study the success of students in educational environments, the educational psychology Doctoral students will integrate theory and research in the areas of developmental psychology, cognition, social psychology and motivation, assessment, exceptional learners, and diversity to better study learning in schools or school-like settings. Graduates are well prepared to teach in educational psychology and related programs at the university level; as well as take leadership positions in state and local research and policy environments.
The coordinator for the educational psychology concentration is Sharon K. Zumbrunn, Ph.D. For more information, please see our educational psychology concentration handbook [PDF], our list of frequently asked questions [PDF] or watch our recorded information session video for additional information about our program and faculty.
The research, assessment and evaluation concentration is designed primarily for individuals with responsibility for conducting research, assessment and evaluation projects in and for agencies and educational organizations. Emphasis is placed on developing proficiency in both quantitative and qualitative methods of inquiry, providing students with a breadth of methods to study varied educational and social research questions.
For more information about this Ph.D. track, please see the Ph.D. in Research, Assessment and Evaluation admissions page.