The PhD in Educational Psychology prepares students to conduct research on psychological processes as they affect student learning and successful teaching in urban settings. Graduates are expected to have knowledge of the main areas of research found in the field of Educational Psychology, and to become research experts and innovators in one of two focus areas:
- Human Development and Learning: This area includes most of the school-based research that relates to the field of Educational Psychology. Individuals who focus primarily on human development usually specialize in issues that pertain to early childhood, middle childhood, adolescence, or adulthood.
- Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment: This focus area combines training in measurement, evaluation, statistics and assessment with research experiences gained from participation in research projects.