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

Prospective students must submit their applications by the dates listed below.

  • Fall (August - December): July 30
  • Spring (January - May): November 15
  • Summer (May - August): June 1

International Prospective Students are advised to complete and submit all the application requirements at least 3 months before the deadlines listed above to allow enough time for processing the immigration documents.

Academic 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

Admission requirements

  • Transcripts:  Your application will be processed based on Unofficial Transcripts and you will be able to upload a copy of your Unofficial Transcripts directly in your Graduate application. If the admission decision is to accept you into the program Official Final Transcripts will be required.

    Domestic and International Prospective students who graduated from an educational institution outside the U.S. are recommended to have transcript evaluations done through one of our approved credential evaluation agencies: WES or ECE.
  • 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
  • English proficiency: English proficiency: Students whose language of instruction is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by meeting the minimum scores. To learn more please visit our entrance exams page.

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

Additional requirements for international students

  • In addition to fulfilling the regular admission requirements, International students with academic acceptance who are coming to Andrews University need to submit additional documents in order to process a student visa. For more information please visit the International Students page.

    If you will be pursuing an Online program that requires you to come to campus for an orientation or class please contact the International Student Services for more specific information.

Finances

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

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