Educational Psychology

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate programs offered

Earn a Graduate Degree

  • EdS in Educational Psychology (66+ cr)
  • MA in Educational Psychology (30-36 cr, Option I, II, or III) with a specialization:
    • Developmental and Learning Sciences
    • Counseling Psychology
    • Quantitative, Qualitative and Psychometric Methods
    • Institutional Research
  • PhD in Educational Psychology with a specialization:
    • Developmental and Learning Sciences
    • Counseling Psychology
    • Quantitative, Qualitative and Psychometric Methods
    • School Psychology
Areas of Study

These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.

  • 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

Earn a Graduate Certificate

Certificates have their own deadlines and checklists; select one for details.

Online and Distance Opportunities

Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.

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Educational Psychology

Graduate Chair
Dr. Scott Napolitano

Department Contact
Ms. Allison Jones

Campus Address
114 Teachers College
Lincoln NE 68588-0345

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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

2. Required by Educational Psychology

  • 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, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for Educational Psychology
  • Developmental Learning Sciences: January 15 for Early Consideration. May 1 for Fall. October 1 for Spring.
  • Counseling Psychology: December 5 for Fall.
  • Quantitative, Qualitative and Psychometric Methods: January 15 for Fall. October 1 for Spring (M.A. only).
  • School Psychology: December 1 for Fall.

Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. Our academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years.


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 developmental and learning sciences; counseling psychology; quantitative, qualitative, and psychometric methods (QQPM); or school psychology (Ph.D. specialization option only).

The Developmental and Learning Sciences is focused on advancing and applying theoretical understanding of 1) Social and Emotional Development, 2) Cognition, Learning, and Instruction, and 3) Educational Neuroscience across the lifespan.

The 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

Faculty and research

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Counseling Psychology

M. Meghan Davidson

Prevention; Interpersonal Relationship Violence; Sexual Assault; Career Development; Gender and Multicultural Issues

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

Developmental and Learning Sciences

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

Carrie (Caron) Clark

Executive function; Neurodevelopmental Risk; School Readiness; Early Childhood

Kenneth Kiewra

Study Strategies; Prose Processing; Writing Ability; Talent and Creativity

Meredith Martin

Peer relationships; Bullying; Friendship; Developmental Psychopathology; Evolutionary Developmental Psychology

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

Hideo Suzuki

Bullying; Stress; Agression; Depression; Mental Health

Alexandra Twyman

Cognitive Development; Spatial Development; STEM Learning; Navigation

Quantitative, Qualitative and Psychometric Methods

Anthony Albano

Psychometrics; Multi-level Modeling; Equating

Wayne Babchuk

Qualitative and Anthropological Methods

Jim Bovaird

Novel Latent Variable Applications; Bio-Behavioral Data Analysis

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

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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