Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.) in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology
The nationally-ranked Educational Psychology and Educational Technology (EPET) doctoral program produces scholars and leaders in the study of human learning and development and/or in the development and study of diverse technologies supporting learning and teaching. It emphasizes rigorous scholarship and diverse analytic perspectives on learning, development, and technology embedded in culture and society. The program prepares graduates to pursue careers in university research and teaching, research on and development of educational technologies, and leadership roles in school systems and the private sector.
The EPET doctoral program welcomes applicants from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds, educational and technological experiences, and social, economic and cultural backgrounds. Our faculty bring a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, research experiences and traditions, and cultural and life experiences to their work, and we actively seek to maintain and expand that diversity.
Our students often pursue and develop expertise in either Learning and Development or Technology and Education, though many develop expertise at the intersection of these emphasis areas.
- Learning and Development. Faculty and doctoral students in this emphasis area investigate human learning and development across the lifespan in schools, workplaces, communities, and homes to understand and improve educational practice. Students with specific interests in literacy learning and development may choose to pursue the Literacy Option
- Technology and Education. Faculty and doctoral students in this emphasis area seek to understand and improve the use of powerful technologies to support learning and teaching.
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 (especially the 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.