Educational Psychology—EdD, PhD

Educational psychologist are involved in the following settings: classroom teaching at the elementary, secondary, and higher education levels; research related to schools, learning and human growth and growth and development; the construction, administration, and evaluation of test, early childhood education programs; training programs in business and industry; and residence hall directors.   

Emphases

EdD

General Emphasis: This emphasis prepares students for educational psychology positions, and as college and university instructors in the areas of human development, personality, learning and instruction, measurement, statistics, and research design. It includes professional core course work, with in-depth coverage of areas such as the psychology of learning, psychological development throughout the life span, scientific and biological aspects of psychology, psychological testing, theories of personality, and educational psychology.

School Psychology Emphasis: This emphasis prepares individuals for the professional practice of school psychology. Doctoral-level school psychologists work in public and private school systems, colleges and universities, preschool and child development centers, and private practice. Responsibilities typically include assessment, diagnosis, consultation, program planning, and intervention services for preschool and school-age children with educational, emotional, and behavioral problems, as well as the added responsibilities of supervision and more in-depth understanding of school psychological practice and research methodology.  Certification or licensure as a school psychologist is advisable before entering the program, but course work may be planned to meet certification/licensure requirements. This program is planned to be a continuation of the EdS degree.

PhD

General emphasis: The General emphasis prepares students for educational psychology positions, and as college and university instructors in the areas of human development, personality, learning and instruction, measurement, statistics, and research design. It includes professional core course work, with in-depth coverage of areas such as the psychology of learning, psychological development throughout the life span, scientific and biological aspects of psychology, psychological testing, theories of personality, and educational psychology. The PhD program also features substantial independent learning through extensive research.

School Psychology: Doctoral-level school psychologists work in public and private school systems, colleges and universities, preschool and child development centers, and private practice. Responsibilities typically include assessment, diagnosis, consultation, program planning, and intervention services for preschool and school-age children with educational, emotional, and behavioral problems, as well as the added responsibilities of supervision and more in-depth understanding of school psychological practice and research methodology.  Certification or licensure as a school psychologist is advisable before entering the program, but course work may be planned to meet certification/licensure requirements. This program is planned to be a continuation of the EdS degree.

Program length

  • EdD: 90+ credits. A typical student completes in 4 years
  • PhD: 90+ credits. A typical student completes in 4 years

Application deadlines

  • Fall (August – December): July 15
  • Spring (January – May): November 15
  • Summer Session 1 (May – June): March 15
  • Summer Session 2 (June – July): April 15
  • Summer Session 3 (July – August): May 15

Students who apply after the deadline will incur an additional late application fee.

Eligibility requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree: A four-year degree from an accredited United States institution, or its equivalent from an institution outside the U.S.
  • Master’s degree: From an accredited United States institution, or its equivalent from an institution outside the U.S.
  • Undergraduate GPA: Minimum 3.00 for students who apply without a Master’s degree(or 2.75 on the last half of undergraduate courses). The entire student profile is considered during the admissions process; students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements may also apply.
  • Graduate GPA: Minimum 3.30
  • English proficiency: Students whose language of education is not English must submit a minimum TOEFL or MELAB score of 80.

Admission requirements

  • Official transcripts: From institutions where all post-secondary coursework was taken. Download Transcript Request PDF
  • Recommendations: Three recommendations are required from professionals—such as advisors, major professors, and employers—excluding relatives. At least two should be academic.  You are asked to provide names and email addresses on the online application, and then recommenders will receive an email with a direct link to the form.
  • Resume or professional history: Information about your employment, research, or special projects.
  • GRE score: The exam must be taken within five years prior to admission.
  • Statement of Purpose: A 500-word essay explaining your objectives in seeking a graduate degree at Andrews University. Include a description of your personal, professional, and academic goals; your philosophical perspective; and what you hope to accomplish professionally in ten years following the completion of your degree.
  • Research Paper: Showcase your best writing work

Additional requirements for international students

  • English proficiency: Students whose language of instruction is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by meeting the minimum scores.
  • Transcripts: Students have two options for submitting their transcripts.
    1. Sending transcripts directly from the university attended. Official, literal English translations of transcripts, along with the original-language documents, from institutions where English is not considered the official language.

      OR
    2. Having official transcript evaluations done through one of our approved credential evaluation agencies: WES, AACRAO or ECE. Evaluations must be sent directly from the organization us and must include:
      • At least the overall GPA
      • Degree title equivalent in the U.S.
      • Date the degree was conferred
      These are the guidelines you must follow if you use any of the approved credential evaluation agencies:
      • WES: Students who choose this organization must request the WES International Credential Advantage Package (WES ICAP) which includes verified copies of official transcripts. Students using WES ICAP will not need to submit additional copies of transcripts.
      • AACRAO: Students who choose this organization must also send official transcripts in both the original language and in English to the office of Graduate Enrollment Management.
      • ECE: Students who choose this organization must also send official transcript in both the original language and in English to the office of Graduate Enrollment Management.
  • Bachelor’s degree diploma: A copy of the literal English translation of the diploma, along with the original-language document may be sent by email. The copy of the Diploma is not needed if the transcripts come through an approved credential evaluation agency (WES, AACRAO, ECE) listing the graduation date. Also, a copy of the diploma is not needed if the transcripts list the graduation date and degree conferred.
  • Secondary Documents: A copy of these Secondary Documents may be required where applicable.
    • Baccalaureate for the French system
    • Abitur Diploma for the German system 
    • A-level results for the British system
  • Summary of Educational Experience: Complete the educational summary form and submit to the Office of Graduate Enrollment Management.
  • I-20 form: International students must obtain an I-20 form before applying for a visa. The requirements for obtaining an I-20 form are:
    • Academic acceptance
    • Payment of $3,000 advance deposit (not required for Mexico and Canada, $2000 for Summer 2013)
    • Submit the Estimated Budget Sheet showing evidence of financial resources for one academic year
    • A full semester payment in advance is required for citizens of Kenya and Ethiopia

The Office of Graduate Enrollment Management reserves the right to request additional documents at its own discretion.

Finances

To learn more about tuition costs and scholarship opportunities please visit our financial section.

Next steps

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