The Area of Educational Psychology provides students with a wide variety of courses and training experiences appropriate for careers in measurement, educational research, university teaching, program evaluation, or School Psychology. In addition to an emphasis on the theoretical and empirical bases of Educational Psychology theory, the overall program offers sound technical foundations for practice in research, teaching, or clinical settings. The curriculum is designed for graduate degree programs, although some courses fulfill certification requirements.
Human Development & Cognition
This option is designed to prepare students who plan to teach or conduct research on various topics in human development, learning, and cognition for age ranges from early childhood through adulthood. Courses address both theory and application interlaced by a common core of educational issues.
The Learning Sciences Program
This is a new (M.Ed./Ph.D.) concentration which incorporates collaborating faculty from all areas of the College of Education, as well as faculty from outside the College of Education. Coursework will focus on the nature of learning, knowing, and understanding in a variety of settings — from schools to workplaces, museums to computer-based — as well as other informal and non-traditional educational settings. Faculty and students perform innovative research, supported by federal, state, and private funding sources around these issues.
Specializations in School Psychology (APA & NASP accreditation of masters and doctoral programs) prepare students at the masters level for a career in the public schools as psychologists, who are assessment specialists, consultants, and counselors; and the doctoral program prepares students for careers in research, leadership, and college teaching.
Measurement, Statistics & Research Design
This study option prepares students to examine measurement, evaluation, and research design in the context of educational settings and applications. Of particular importance are topics in test construction and measurement, statistics and experimental design, multivariate analysis, and computer applications.
We have a vibrant faculty that has won numerous honors and awards. In a survey of faculty productivity, as measured by publications in the leading journals of the field, our department was rated second in the nation, ahead of many departments twice or three times our size. (See "Productivity of Educational Psychologists" in the journal Contemporary Educational Psychology April 1998.)
We invite you to learn more about the opportunities that await you at the University of Washington, and we welcome your questions and inquiries.
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Notice Regarding the UW School Counseling Program: The Area of Educational Psychology’s School Counseling M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Counselor Supervision and Education have been eliminated, primarily due to budgetary constraints placed on the University (the decision was finalized by the UW Board of Regents at their May 21, 2004 meeting; decision effective as of June 30, 2004).
If you are interested in obtaining more information about other graduate counseling programs in Washington, you may find this page on the website of the Washington School Counselor Association useful.
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