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Doctor of Philosophy – Educational Psychology

Faculty working with Students: 8
Students: 30
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 43.33%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall December 1st
Campus:
  • Pullman: Yes
Tests required:
  • 300 GRE (combined Quantitative/Verbal)

Degree Description:

Our Educational Psychology program focuses on developing and applying research, evaluation, and measurement (REM) knowledge and skills necessary to conduct theoretical research and/or basic research. In 2009, the College of Education Learning and Performance Research Center (formally the Assessment and Evaluation Center) was established at WSU to provide leadership, training, consultation, and state-the-art solutions to challenging educational research questions at the university, state, national, and international levels. Assistantships for educational psychology students in the center provide unique opportunities to apply theoretical concepts and methodologies of program evaluation and educational and psychological measurement to specific practical projects in various educational settings through partnerships with school districts, state agencies, and other social service organizations.

Successful professionals in this field have strong methodological skills, an understanding of researchable topics, the ability to develop a research program, the ability to communicate and work with a wide variety of professionals, and the skills to understand nuance and ambiguity in the work environment. Through faculty and student partnerships across campus, the program provides an exciting, interdisciplinary atmosphere for course and field study. Consistent with the scientist-practitioner model of professional training in psychology, students in the doctoral program in educational psychology are required to integrate the theoretical and research offerings of the university with substantial practicum and internship experiences by completing an internship directly related to the specific area of professional training.

Admission Requirements:

To apply, please provide the following information: a WSU Graduate School online application, official transcripts, a supplemental department application, a current resume documenting any related work or research experience; a brief statement of your professional objectives and how you believe they will be promoted by admission to the program (do not exceed two typed single spaced pages); three letters of reference forwarded by persons familiar with your qualifications; transcripts showing all previous college or university coursework; and GRE or (for international students only) TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Student Learning Outcomes:

All graduates will be able to:

  1.  Ability to think critically, evaluate, understand, apply, and communicate scientific research.
  2.  Ability to understand and apply research designs.
  3.  Ability to understand and apply statistical, measurement, evaluation, principles to their area of research.
  4.  Awareness and understanding how diversity issues and protected populations influences research.
  5.  Development of professional identity appropriate for future career plans.

Student Opportunities:

The work in such areas as research, evaluation, and measurement may include for example: the opportunity to make contributions to the improvement of educational settings (e.g., schools, universities), to have some influence on individuals through consultation on programs, methods, or to provide information through analysis to individuals who shape policy. Other opportunities may include positions in the testing industry; researcher at national firms studying educational issues; assessment specialist at national foundations.

Career Opportunities:

Experienced individuals in this profession can expect to earn a good salary and maintain an interesting and fulfilling career in employment in private firms, at school districts or university settings, business, industry, or state agencies as program evaluators or student assessment coordinators, research technicians, or data analysts, as examples.

Career Placements:

Evaluator for Appalachian Education Laboratory, West Virginia
Assessment specialist for the regional educational agency in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Assistant professor in measurement, statistics, and evaluation, Indiana State University
Research scientist, Duke Energies, South Carolina
Assistant professor of Educational Technology, Morehead State University, Minnesota
Project Director of Psychometrics, Applied Measurement Professionals

Faculty Members:

Adesope, Olusola, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Broad issues in educational psychology, educational technology, and the learning sciences application in educational programs, interactive concept maps & diagrams, cognitive and pedagogical underpinnings of learning with computer-based multimedia resources, evaluation of learning objects, language pedagogy and quantitative research methods, especially meta-analyses.

Carbonneau, Kira Joy, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Includes interests associated with: cognitive principles of instructional methods, instructional manipulatives in early childhood education, mathematics education, executive functioning and self-regulation. Dr. Carbonneau’s most recent research assesses the efficacy of manipulative-based instructional strategies within pre-K classrooms.

French, Brian F., Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Educational and psychological measurement issues, application of psychometric methods and use of methodological studies to evaluate and improve methods, Measurement Invariance, Structural Equation Modeling, Item Response Theory, Classical Test Theory, Factor Analysis, Monte Carlo studies.

Gotch, Chad, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Centers on maximizing effective and proper use of educational and psychological measurements. To this end, he studies assessment/measurement literacy among teachers, score reporting, and building validity arguments from both technical and non-technical evidence. These complimentary lines of research inform the life cycle of assessment, from development to use and policy.

LeBeau, Jennifer, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Dr. LeBeau’s primary interests lie in evaluation of projects related to STEM education and to student success. She has conducted research on service learning and student-faculty interactions as they relate to undergraduate and adult student success. Her current research focuses on pedagogical practices to enhance adult learning and ways in which program evaluation can be taught effectively to graduate students.

Strong, Zoe, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Research on the social context and influences that impact vulnerable children’s schooling and learning.

Trevisan, Michael Steven, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Program evaluation, student assessment, measurement, and applied statistics.

Ullrich-French, Sarah, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Interest in youth physical activity intersects with areas of social development, psychology, education, positive youth development, and health. Dr. Ullrich-French’s research addresses social context and motivational processes in youth physical, social, and psychological development. The first strand of her research involves examining physical activity motivational processes and behavioral outcomes in youth. The second strand of her research involves how physical contexts and interventions impact youth psychosocial, behavioral, and health outcomes. Current research activities address the measurement and application of movement-based mindfulness.

Contact Information:

WSU Pullman College of Education
Cleveland Hall 70
PO Box 642114
Pullman, WA 99164-2114
(509)-335-9195 or (509)-335-7016
Fax: (509)-335-9172