Educational Psychology

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate degrees offered

Degrees

  • M.A.; Ed.S.; Ph.D.

Areas

Specializations - what's a specialization?
  • Cognition, Learning and Development (M.A., Ph.D.)
  • Counseling Psychology* (Ph.D.)
  • Quantitative, Qualitative and Psychometric Methods* (Ph.D)
  • School Psychology (Ed.S., Ph.D.)
Areas of Study
  • Applied Statistics
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Community Counseling
  • Educational Assessment
  • Educational Measurement
  • Health Behavior
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Multicultural Counseling
  • Psychometrics
  • Research Methods
  • School Counseling
*Available as areas of study (not specializations) at the master's level
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Contacts for Educational Psychology

Graduate Chair

Dr. Meghan Davidson

Department Contact

Ms. Allison Jones
ajones3@unl.edu
402-472-1050

Campus Address

114 Teachers College
Lincoln NE 68588-0345


Application checklist and deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies


See also: steps to admission.

Required by Educational Psychology in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

  • Entrance exam(s): GRE
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 80
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
  • Three recommendation letters

Application Deadlines for Educational Psychology
Cognition, Learning, and DevelopmentEarly Consideration: January 15 Fall: May 1 Spring: October 1
Counseling PsychologyFall: December 5
Quantitative, Qualitative and Psychometric MethodsFall: January 15 Spring (M.A. only): October 1
School PsychologyFall: December 1

Description

The Department of Educational Psychology offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) in educational psychology, an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in educational psychology, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in psychological studies in education with four different specializations: cognition, learning and development (CLD); quantitative, qualitative and psychometric methods (QQPM); counseling psychology; and school psychology.

Cognition, Learning and Development is focused on advancing and applying theoretical understanding of cognition, learning and development. It trains students in human development (childhood, adolescence and the college years), human cognition, health behavior, text processing, and instructional design.

Quantitative, Qualitative and Psychometric Methods is a multidisciplinary program that provides students with a wide range of skills related to research methodology, educational and psychological measurement, and applied statistics. The program is unique in its emphasis on qualitative, quantitative and mixed-method research approaches, and in the integration of cognitive and developmental principles of educational psychology.

The Counseling Psychology program strives for an equal balance between science and professional psychological practice in the general context of a life span model of human development oriented toward community agencies, schools and college settings. The counseling psychology program is accredited by the American Psychological Association.

The School Psychology program is highly respected both locally and throughout the nation. Students are directly admitted into doctoral-level study, but will earn a master's degree in route to the Ed.S. or Ph.D. degrees. The Ed.S. program is designed primarily for individuals who wish to work in public school settings, and is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists. The Ph.D. program prepares graduates for practice in universities, schools, hospitals, developmental centers, mental health centers, clinics, and private practice. The Ph.D. program is accredited by the American Psychological Association, approved by the National Association of School Psychologists, and leads to Nebraska licensure in professional psychology.

Courses and More

Students in Educational Psychology are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and research

Cognition, Learning and Development

Roger Bruning
Literacy Development and Motivation; Instructional Improvement; Problem-Based Learning; Web-Based Instruction
Eric Buhs
Children's Social Relationships; School Adjustment; Latino Students; Aggression and Peer Abuse
Christy Horn
The use of technology to facilitate learning in classroom environments; the use of technology to compensate for disabilities
Kenneth Kiewra
Study Strategies; Prose Processing; Writing Ability
Lisa Knoche
The development, implementation and evaluation of intervention and prevention programming for at-risk children and families, specifically focused on approaches to supporting school readiness for young children during the early childhood period.
Gina Kunz
Assessment and treatment of academic and behavioral difficulties of children and youth with various challenges, particularly children and youth with attention deficits and students with learning disabilities.
David Moshman
Development of Reasoning, Rationality, Morality, and Identity; Psychology of Genocide; Academic Freedom
Ian Newman
Adolescent Health Related Behavior; Alcohol and Tobacco Use; Cross Cultural Issues
Lisa Pytlik Zillig
Kathleen Rudasill
Temperament; Academic and Social Success; Gifted Students; and Socio-emotional Processes
Greg Welch
Structural equation modeling, latent growth curve analysis, measurement of anxiety and depression, and educational policy
Gregg Wright
Child Disability; Parent Support and Advocacy; Child Maltreatment; Drug Endangered Children; Pediatric Psychopharmacology; Societal Issues of the Human Genome Initiative

Counseling Psychology

M. Meghan Davidson
Prevention; Interpersonal Relationship Violence; Sexual Assault; Career Development; Gender and Multicultural Issues
Juan Franco
Student Affairs; Counseling
Neeta Kantamneni
Vocational Psychology; Contextual Factors and Career Decision-Making; Multicultural Counseling and Competencies
Michael Scheel
Marriage and Family Therapy; Parenting; Career Development
Duane Shell
Self-regulation and motivational influences on behavior and cognition as these are manifest in educational and public health settings

Quantitative, Qualitative and Psychometric Methods

Anthony Albano
Psychometrics; Multi-level Modeling; Equating
Charles Ansorge
Technology-Based Teaching Tools; Teaching and Student Learning
Jim Bovaird
Novel Latent Variable Applications; Bio-Behavioral Data Analysis
John Creswell
Mixed Methods Research; Postseconday Education Studies
Rafael De Ayala
Item Response Theory; Hierarchical Linear Models; Applied and Theoretical Psychometrics; Computer Adaptive Testing
Matthew Fritz
Mediation; Longitudinal Models; Prevention.
Kurt Geisinger
Testing and Psychometric Theory; Testing of Individuals with Disabilities and Language Minorities; High-Stakes Tests; Legal Issues in Testing
Ellen Weissinger
Leisure and Recreation; Boredom

School Psychology

Ed Daly
Academic Interventions; Applied and Functional Analysis; Assessment
Beth Doll
Models of School Mental Health; Evaluations of the Impact of Mental Health Services
Todd Glover
Academic and behavioral interventions and assessments, response to intervention, and researcher-practitioner collaborations
Merilee McCurdy
Interventions to Improve Writing Performance; Response to Intervention
Gwen Nugent
The impact of technology to improve student learning, with special emphasis on multimedia instruction and on-line assessment
Susan Sheridan
Behavioral Assessment and Interventions; Home-School Partnerships; Parent-Teacher Consultation; Social Skills Interventions
Susan Swearer
Bullying and Peer Victimization; Psychological Disorders in Children and Adolescents; Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions

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