Hybrid Program

Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology

The nationally-ranked Educational Psychology and Educational Technology (EPET) hybrid Ph.D. program is a new substantially online option in the educational technology emphasis area. In response to growing demand for educational leaders who understand how technology, especially online learning, is transforming the world of education, this blended program is designed for experienced education professionals currently employed in schools, higher education, and research institutions who want to earn a Ph.D. while continuing in their current positions.

The goal of the program is to develop the next generation of educational leaders who understand the need to create new technologically sound pedagogies grounded in innovative research and practice.

Students will develop a deep understanding of how theories of learning and development can inform the design of future learning environments. Graduates of this program are prepared to assume leadership roles in K-12 school systems, virtual schools, community colleges, and higher education institutions that require rigorous preparation in research and evaluation of learning with technology.

The EPET hybrid doctoral program welcomes applicants from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds, educational and technology experiences, and social, economic, and cultural backgrounds. Students will complete courses in educational psychology, educational technology, and qualitative and quantitative research methods taught by MSU’s internationally renowned faculty designed to develop essential analytic skills needed to be an effective educational leader in an age of data-driven decision making and accountability.

The hybrid EPET Ph.D. is a rigorous, five-year program of study completed substantially online. Please note that the hybrid program begins in the summer of Year One.  The program includes a five-year schedule with two integrated courses during each summer semester followed by an online course in the Fall and Spring semesters. Typically, students begin the program with online work for several weeks leading up to the intensive two-week face-to-face on-campus summer session. The two summer courses are then completed with approximately five additional weeks of online learning. Students then take one completely online course in each of the Fall and Spring semesters to finish the year. This cycle of two intensive hybrid courses each summer followed by one online course in the Fall and Spring semesters repeats each year students are in the program.

Students who are able to take leave from their jobs are given the option to come to campus for one semester to attend face-to-face classes. It is possible that graduate assistantships / fellowships will be available to help defray the cost of tuition and provide a modest stipend.

Finally, you may find useful information in the  orientation handbook for the EPET Hybrid PhD program. Written from a student perspective, you will find many tips and details about what you can expect in your life as a student in the program.

Sample Course Schedule

The following is an example of a complete schedule of courses. Variations are possible due to faculty availability and program changes. Sample syllabi are linked by each of the courses below. The actual syllabi will vary each time the course is offered.

Year 1
Summer CEP 900 [ 900/930 Syllabus ] Proseminar in Educational Psychology I
CEP 930 Educational Inquiry
Fall CEP 932 [ Syllabus ] Quantitative Methods in Educational Research I
Spring CEP 901 [ Syllabus ] Proseminar in Technology and Education
Preliminary Examinations
Year 2
Summer CEP 955 [ Syllabus ] Research Design and Methods for EPET
CEP 953 Teachers and Technology
Fall CEP 933 [ Syllabus ] Quantitative Methods in Educational Research II
Spring CEP 995 Practicum in Research Design and Data Analysis
Practicum Defense
Year 3
Summer CEP 956 [ Syllabus ] Mind, Media, & Learning
CEP 991 [ Syllabus ] Research Methods for Technology-rich Learning Environments
Fall Selective/Elective Course Part of Student’s Area of Concentration
Spring Selective/Elective Course Part of Student’s Area of Concentration
Comprehensive Exams
Year 4
Summer CEP 991 Special Topics
CEP 999 Doctoral Dissertation Research
Fall Selective/Elective Course Part of Student’s Area of Concentration
Spring Selective/Elective Course Part of Student’s Area of Concentration
CEP 999 Doctoral Dissertation Research
Dissertation Proposal Defense
Year 5
Summer CEP 999 Doctoral Dissertation Research
CEP 999 Doctoral Dissertation Research
Fall CEP 999 Doctoral Dissertation Research
Spring CEP 999 Doctoral Dissertation Research
Dissertation Defense / Graduation
Selectives Selectives satisfy a specific program requirement to take three technology courses. Specific courses must be approved by your committee.
Typical Courses that can satisfy selective/elective requirements CEP 817 Learning Technology through Design **
CEP 818 Creativity in Teaching & Learning **
CEP 909 [ Syllabus ] Cognition and Technology
CEP 910 [ Syllabus ] Current Issues in Motivation and Learning
CEP 917 [ Syllabus ] Design of Media for Learning
CEP 951 Technology, Society, and Culture
CEP 952 [ Syllabus ] Technology for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
CEP 956 [ Syllabus ] Mind, Media & Learning
CEP 957 [ Syllabus ] Learning in Complex Domains
** These are master’s level courses that students can take for doctoral credit. Students will be required to complete some extra work for these courses to apply to their doctoral program

Other Doctoral Programs in CEPSE

The EPET program is one of 5 doctoral programs in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education (CEPSE). Faculty in other doctoral programs, especially School Psychology, Special Education, and Measurement and Quantitative Methods, share interests and research work with EPET faculty and students and frequently serve on EPET students’ Guidance Committees. EPET students benefit from coursework and interactions with faculty in many other Departments, inside and outside of the College of Education, including Educational Administration; Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education program [HALE]; Teacher Education; Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures; The Division of Science and Mathematics Education, Psychology; Telecommunications, Information Studies, and Media; and others.