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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) – Educational Psychology

Degree Overview

The online Ph.D. in Educational Psychology provides career development for educators by facilitating the learning styles of adults and providing a collaborative community for higher-level thinking and problem solving. The Ph.D. program places much emphasis on (a) acquiring rigorous analytical research skills and tools (quantitative and qualitative) for vocations in higher education; (b) supporting research that will result in publication in refereed conference, journals and books; (c) significant interaction and mentorship by doctoral faculty; (d) vocations in higher education; and (e) developing a mature understanding of an integrative personal and professional life centered on the historic Christian faith.

Undergirding the entire program is critical thinking, scholarly research, writing, and learning from a Christian worldview. The capstone project, as with any doctoral program, is the submission and defense of a doctoral dissertation.

Spring & Summer 2015 Cohorts:
Ph.D. cohorts will begin in January and mid-June. A four-day residency will be held July 13-16, 2015 at our Virginia Beach Campus.

Ph.D. in Educational Psychology Highlights

Courses: View Course Sequence and Descriptions
Length: 72 credit hours.
Format: Offered in a cohort model. Students may begin the program in the spring or summer semesters. Courses are delivered online with some required face-to-face components, including a four-day residency each summer of the program. School division cohorts are also offered in varying formats.
Results: Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology degree. The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) is awarded after completion of 30 credit hours. The Doctor of Philosophy degree is awarded after completion of 72 credit hours.
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Features: Online coursework, concentration and dissertation advisor, on-campus residencies.

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Concentration Description

The online Ph.D. with a concentration in Educational Psychology emphasizes two areas of study: research and evaluation, and learning and development, providing advanced preparation for educators and administrators. The Ph.D. in Educational Psychology research and evaluation track allows educators to specialize in testing and program assessment at the school district level. The Ph.D. in Educational Psychology learning and development track equips school professionals to utilize the most appropriate theories and research to improve the chances of academic and behavioral success for students. Read more about the Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and read dissertation abstracts of students in the Educational Psychology concentration.

Career Opportunities

The Doctor of Philosophy with a concentration in Educational Psychology is preparing education professionals for one or a combination of career enhancing opportunities such as teaching at the college level (full or part time) in the areas of research, learning, and behavior management; enhancing the knowledge of those already in school psychology, social work, and counseling positions; and current teachers and administrators in K-12 school districts who need to know more about academic achievement, motivation, social-emotional development, and application of brain research to educational settings.

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Ph.D. in Educational Psychology graduates will be able to:

  • Identify, respond to, and lead in important local, national, and global educational issues in a Christ-like manner from informed biblical perspectives.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how key theories inform planning, administration, policy, and professional practice.
  • Evaluate educational research from theoretical and methodological perspectives in order to determine its contribution to policy and professional practice.
  • Solve problems associated with planning, administration, policy, and professional practice by
    • analyzing data;
    • synthesizing information; and
    • applying critical thinking
  • Provide intellectual leadership in producing and communicating action research to significantly impact respective professional spheres of education.
  • Demonstrate integrity, fairness, and ethical behavior in a Christ-like manner in planning, administration, policy development, problem solving, and professional practice.