Educational Psychology

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate degrees offered


  • M.A.; Ed.S.; Ph.D.


A specialization is a well-defined area of study that will appear on your transcript with your degree and major. Specializations are optional in most UNL programs.

  • Cognition, Learning, and Development (M.A., Ph.D.)
  • Counseling Psychology (M.A., Ph.D.)
  • Quantitative, Qualitative, and Psychometric Methods (M.A., 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
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Contacts for Educational Psychology

Graduate Chair

Dr. Meghan Davidson

Department Contact

Ms. Allison Jones


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, IELTS 6.5
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
  • Three recommenders

When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

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


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. The M.A. and Ph.D. require applicants to choose a specialization from cognition, learning, and development (CLD); counseling psychology; quantitative, qualitative, and psychometric methods (QQPM); or school psychology (Ph.D. specialization option only).

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 to the Ed.S. or Ph.D degree, but will earn a master's degree in route. 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
Use of Technology to Facilitate Learning in Classroom Environments; Use of Technology to Compensate for Disabilities
Kenneth Kiewra
Study Strategies; Prose Processing; Writing Ability
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
Trust in Institutions and Public Engagement Around Complex and Controversial Issues
Kathleen Rudasill
Temperament; Academic and Social Success; Gifted Students; and Socio-Emotional Processes
Duane Shell
Self-regulation and Motivational Influences on Behavior and Cognition as these are Manifest in Educational and Public Health Settings
Amy Spiegel
Evaluation of Educational Programs in Mathematics and Science, Formal and Informal, K-16

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
Elliot Tebbe
Identity Development, Sexual Minority Psychology, Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Psychology; Multiculturalism

Quantitative, Qualitative and Psychometric Methods

Anthony Albano
Psychometrics; Multi-level Modeling; Equating
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

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
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


Lorey Wheeler
Dyadic Data; Mediation & Moderation; Missing Data; Latent Growth Modeling; Latent Class Analysis; Multilevel Modeling; Structural Equation Modeling

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