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Doctoral Students

Educational Psychology is the study of human learning and motivation. It encompasses investigations of cognition and the brain; the influence of affect, goals, and interest on learning; the role of assessment in learning; the psychology of teaching; the effectiveness of instructional interventions; the relationship between cognition and technology; the social psychology of learning organizations; and methods for conducting educational research.

The Ph.D. program at UNC prepares individuals to become leaders in addressing these issues. Students are trained in the art of reading, writing, and empirically researching such issues through coursework and collaboration on research projects with faculty members.

Read the School of Psychological Sciences Student Academic Integrity Policy.

Program Concentrations

The Ph.D. Program in Educational Psychology offers three program concentrations:

  • Learning and Cognitive Processes
  • Human Development
  • Research, Statistics and Measurement

Program concentration areas are distinguished by the research the student conducts for comprehensive exams and dissertation, as well as elective classes. For example, a student selecting the learning and cognition area might write a dissertation on a problem related to learning and cognition.

For more information, see the Degree Requirements in the UNC catalog.