The Doctor of Education in Educational Psychology (Ed.D.) program provides professional preparation in applied educational/school psychology with an emphasis on learning disabilities and
The program is based on a balanced and sequential scientist/practitioner model and emphasizes that theory, research, and practice are interrelated. Students will have the opportunity to be able to design a program of study that may lead to certification or licensure in various professional areas.
Those who are interested in pursuing certification or licensure will generally meet academic, experiential, and other requirements de- pending on the type of certification/licensure sought. However, each state or jurisdiction may have additional requirements.
The program consists of four major components:
1. The psychology component consists of courses in both theory and practice, which address advanced topics in graduate-level psychology.
2. The assessment/process component includes practicums/ courses in psychological testing, diagnosis, and intervention.
3. The learning disability/child development component consists of courses that address developmental psychology, diagnosis and remediation of learning disorders, and behavioral management.
4. The research component includes courses in statistics, research methodology, and dissertation preparation and completion.
As a student, you’ll complete the each of the components, the psychology component, the assessment/process component, the learning disability/child development component, and the research component.
As a graduate of the program, you will have the knowledge and experience to work in educational and rehabilitative settings.
Student progress will be monitored by doctoral faculty. Credit is not awarded for any course when student performance falls below a B-. Further, each student must maintain at least a 3.25 overall academic record to be eligible for the Doctoral Comprehensive Qualifying Examination.
Any student receiving three (3) grades below a B- in the Ed.D. program will be dismissed from the program. Further, students are only allowed one re-take of the Doctoral Comprehensive Qualifying Examination. Failure of the re-take will result in dismissal from the program (refer to section on Doctoral Comprehensive Qualifying Examination for specifics).
A student can also be dismissed if, in the judgment of the Chair of Graduate Studies in Psychology, the student is not making satisfactory progress, shows no indication of being professionally committed, or engages in inappropriate behavior. Appeals can be filed and will be heard by a Retention Committee composed of the Chair of Graduate Studies in Psychology, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of Arts, Education and Sciences, and doctoral faculty.
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