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Educational Psychology

*Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction

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Campus: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus

Instructions: Residential/On Campus 

Program Overview

The Educational Psychology program in Virginia Tech’s School of Education pursues the general goals of educational psychology and offers a doctoral program to prepare future educational psychologists to conduct empirical research. We emphasize the research and theories related to learning and motivation, as well as how to apply the research and theories to practice. The program is fairly small, which allows for greater interaction between doctoral students and faculty. The faculty works closely with students to tailor their learning experiences to meet their goals.

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Why choose this program?

We emphasize the research and theories related to learning and motivation, as well as how to apply the research and theories to practice. The program is fairly small, which allows for greater interaction between doctoral students and faculty. The faculty works closely with students to tailor their learning experiences to meet their goals. Our students investigate strategies to improve teaching, effective methods to present ideas, factors that impact motivation, ways to accurately measure learning and achievement, and practices to create effective learning environments.

What You'll Study

Educational psychology is a broad discipline that applies psychological research and theories to educational settings. Students in the educational psychology program study learning, development, motivation, assessment, testing, and instructional design. Individualized programs of study are developed for students to ensure that their studies prepare them well for the career paths they choose. The doctoral degree does not lead to any type of teaching certification. In other words, graduates are not licensed to teach in a K-12 classroom. Online degrees in the Educational Psychology program are not available. Although a few courses are offered online, most of the courses are not online; and therefore, students are required to attend most courses on campus.

Some graduates of the doctoral program become professors who teach educational psychology in large and small colleges and universities and continuing their research programs. Other graduates work in higher education in a variety of capacities, including in centers of teaching and learning, offices of evaluation and assessment, or other types of positions that require knowledge of teaching and learning. Other possibilities include working at research centers or developing educational materials.

To be considered for the doctoral program, applicants must

  • Hold a master's degree in education, psychology, or another closely related discipline from an accredited college or university.
  • Have career goals consistent with the degree offered by the Educational Psychology Program.

Learn more

There is a discount for in-state K-12 teachers; use this application form in order to receive the reduced costs. Otherwise, as with on-campus students, we refer you to the VT Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for information on financial assistance. Generally, distance learners may qualify for federal loans if they take 5 or more credit hours per semester.

Find out what loans are available as a graduate student and other opportunities.

Domestic Application
*Fall:  January 15
International Application
*Fall: January 15
*Deadline for early decision admission with full funding consideration for Fall: January 15. Applicants may apply after this date. Please contact program leader for further information.

Dr. Brett Jones
Program Leader
School of Education (0313)
Public Safety Building
Suite 201
330 Sterrett Drive
540-230-0957
brettjones@vt.edu

Questions?

Dr. Brett Jones
Program Leader
School of Education (0313)
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-230-0957
brettjones@vt.edu

Faculty Experts in Educational Psychology