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School of Education—Department of Psychology in Education

Programs within the Department of Psychology in Education prepare graduates for professional careers in teaching, research, and professional practice. Doctoral studies are offered with areas of concentration in applied developmental psychology and in research methodology. Graduates receiving doctoral degrees serve in academic and research capacities in universities, government agencies, public and private research, and testing centers.

Master's degrees are offered with areas of concentration in applied developmental psychology and research methodology. Master's study in research methodology prepares personnel for positions in testing and research. Master's study in applied developmental psychology prepares students for professional roles as program administrators, directors, and supervisors, child development specialists, child and youth workers, child life specialists, behavior/developmental specialists, mobile therapists, and research associates.

The department offers the following degrees in psychology in education:

  • Master of Arts (MA)
  • Master of Science (MS)
  • Master of Education  (MEd)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

• Admissions

The program has a rolling admissions policy that assures that all completed applications will be reviewed regularly. However, priority for admissions and financial aid decisions will be given to those applications that are sent in by established deadlines.

Application materials should be directed to the University of Pittsburgh, Office of Admissions and Enrollment Services, 5500 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, Pittsburgh, PA  15260, or telephone 412-648-2230.

Admissions Information

Application for Admission

Financial Aid

Programs in psychology in education offer financial aid in the form of teaching assistantships and fellowships, research assistantships, and tuition remission. Applicants may apply through the departmental office.

Additional information on admissions, financial aid, registration, and other student services may be found at the Student Service Center.

Financial Aid

Program Information

• Applied Developmental Psychology Program

(Area of Concentration) 

The program offers the Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Psychology in Education with an area of concentration in applied developmental psychology. A minor is also offered in applied developmental psychology.

Contact Information

Program Coordinator
Applied Developmental Psychology
Department of Psychology in Education
5930 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
412- 624-7230   
Fax: 412-624-7231
E-mail: psyed@pitt.edu
www.education.pitt.edu/adp

Degree Options and Requirements

For additional degree requirement information for the following degrees, refer to the school section on Master’s Degree Requirements or Doctoral Degree Requirements.

Master of Science Degree

This program of study emphasizes the integration of knowledge of human development with the skills and competencies essential for effectively working with children, youth and families. Specialization options are Behavioral Health in Schools and Communities (BHSC), Child and Youth Work (CYW), Children with Special Healthcare Needs (CSHCN; with Child Life option), or Applied Research Methods for Child and Youth Serving Organizations (ARMO). In addition, the program offers a specialization option for students who hold the Professional Year (Post-Baccalaureate) teaching certificate.

Degree Requirements: The Master of Science degree requires 36 credits distributed as follows:

Applied Developmental Psychology (ADP) Core courses (18 credits), Specialization courses (12 credits), and Community-Based Practice Learning (with capstone project) courses (6 credits).

Doctor of Philosophy Degree

This program of study provides advanced training in research, education, and professional practice in applied developmental psychology.

Degree Requirements: The PhD degree requires 90 credits distributed as follows: 27 credits in core developmental course work, 9 credits in professional practice course work, 18 credits in research methodology, and 9 credits in a supporting field of study. The program also requires two terms of supervised research, a research project, a practicum in college teaching, and a dissertation.

A redesigned Doctor of Philosophy degree starts Fall 2014. For additional degree information, refer to the introductory school section on Doctoral Degree.

Minor in Applied Developmental Psychology

A minor in applied developmental psychology is granted when a student completes a minimum of 18 credits in course work in the Department of Psychology in Education with a minimum grade point average of 3.25. A comprehensive examination for the minor is not required.

• Research Methodology Program

(Area of Concentration)

The Research Methodology Program prepares professionals in the areas of psychometrics and test design, and scholars who contribute to the study of the quantitative methods used in empirical studies.  Graduate students of the research methodology program acquire skills in the interrelated areas of measurement, research design, and statistical methods. Graduates are prepared for positions in colleges, universities, research centers, testing agencies, school systems, ministries of education and other government agencies, and industry.

This program offers the Master of Education (MEd), Master of Arts (MA), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Psychology in Education with an area of concentration in research methodology. A minor in quantitative research methodology is also available. 

Contact Information

Clement A Stone
Research Methodology Admissions Coordinator
Department of Psychology in Education
5930 Posvar Hall
412-624-7230 
Fax: 412-624-7231
E-mail: cas@pitt.edu.
www.education.pitt.edu/rm

Degree Options and Requirements

For additional degree requirement information for the following degrees, refer to the school section on Master’s Degree Requirements or Doctoral Degree Requirements.

Master of Education Degree

Degree Requirements: The Master of Education degree requires 39 credits of coursework and a research project.

Master of Arts Degree

Degree Requirements: The MA degree requires 39 credits of coursework and completion of a thesis option.

Doctor of Philosophy Degree

Degree Requirements: The PhD degree requires a minimum of 90 credits and a dissertation.

A redesigned Doctor of Philosophy degree starts Fall 2014. For additional degree information, refer to the introductory school section on Doctoral Degree.

Minor in Quantitative Research Methodology

A minor in Quantitative Research Methodology is awarded to students who successfully complete a minimum of 18 credits in intermediate and advanced quantitative research methodology course work in the Department of Psychology in Education with a minimum grade point average of 3.25. A comprehensive examination for the minor is not required.

Department of Psychology in Education Courses

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