Total Minimum Hours:59 credit hours
Major Common Core 3 credit hours
EDG 7067Philosophies of Inquiry (3)
Research Methods & Tools (refer to the concentration for specific requirements)
Subspecialty within Concentration (Optional requirements in some Concentrations)
Cognate (Optional requirement in some Concentrations)
Interdisciplinary Focus (Optional requirement in some Concentrations)
Note: Effective Fall 2011, all concentrations must take EDG 7067 and may be used as a substitute for one of the courses in Psychological & Social Foundations for those concentrations requiring foundations courses.
Refer to the concentration area for specific dissertation requirements.
Doctoral Qualifying Examination
Students must demonstrate satisfactory performance on the Doctoral Qualifying Examination before admission to candidacy. (See current College of Education Graduate Handbook, www.coedu.usf.edu, click on information; also consult Faculty Program contact).
Individual areas of concentration may have variations in the requirements. For information contact the department offering the major and specialization of interest. Please be advised that major and/or course requirements are subject to change, per state legislative mandates, Florida State Department of Education program approval standards, and accreditation criteria.
EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (EPC)
Offered from the Leadership, Counseling, Adult, Career, and Higher Education (L-CACHE)
The Concentration in Educational Psychology is within the College of Educations Ph.D. degree program in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of South Florida. This concentration will prepare graduates to be conscientious researchers who apply the scientific method specifically to real-world educational problems. Primary concentration goals are: (1) to engage students in cutting-edge collaborative research; (2) to provide a solid foundation that enables students to integrate theory, research, and practice and fosters a commitment to excellence in research and scholarship; and (3) to help students acquire a deep understanding of human development and learning for the preparation of future educators and educational professionals in all contexts.
Concentration Admission Requirements
- A completed application to graduate studies (see admissions at: http://www.usf.edu/admissions/graduate/index.aspx
- The application fee ($30)
- Preferred GRE scores: verbal minimum of 400 (prior scale)/146 (new scale), quantitative minimum of 400 (Prior scale)/140 (New scale)
- GPA minimum 3.00 on a 4.00 grading score in masters degree program
- Two official transcripts from the masters degree program and baccalaureate degree program
- Masters degree from an accredited institution or the equivalent bachelors and/or graduate degrees from a foreign institution
- Current resume or vita
- Personal statement: in a 2-3 page statement, please describe why you want to pursue this degree, why you feel USF would be a good fit, which Educational Psychology faculty you would seek to work with and why, and your long term goals.
- Preference to students with psychology background
- Preference to students with some research experience
- Official TOEFL results are required of all international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied in an English speaking country for at least one academic year
- Three letters of recommendation. The letters should be written by persons who are in a position to comment on the likelihood of success within the department and who are not related to the applicant.
- Phone or personal interviews will be conducted in order to determine the level of fit between the concentration, faculty, and students, but will not be required initially.
Total Major requirements with this concentration: 70 hours minimum
EDG 7067 Philosophies of Inquiry (3)
Concentration Requirements 30 hours minimum
(At least 12 hours must be 7000 or 6000 level courses requiring advanced graduate standing)
EDF 7357 Applications of Developmental Theories* (4)
EDF 7138 Adolescent Development*(4)
EDF 7145 Cognitive Issues in Instruction*(4)
EDF 7265 Psychology of Oral and Written Language Development(4)
EDF 7359 Resilience in Human Development(4)
EDF 7947 Research Practicum (1 hour, taken 4 times)(4)
EDF 7930 Professional Seminar (1 hour, taken 4 times)(4)
EDG 7946 Super. Experience in College Teaching(1)
Cognate Area: 12 hours minimum
Measurement/Statistics/Research Design: 11 hours minimum
EDF 7408 Statistical Analysis in Education II(4)
EDF 7410 Design of Systematic Studies in Education(4)
Select at least one of the following courses:
EDF 7437 Advanced Educational Measurement I(3)
EDF 7484 Statistical Analysis in Education III(4)
EDF 7493 Systems Approaches for Program Planning, Evaluation &(4)
EDF 7477 Qualitative Research in Education I AND Development(4)
EDF 7478 Qualitative Research in Education II(4)
Foundations: 3 hours
Any graduate level course taught by Philosophical/Social/Historical Foundations(3)
Comprehensive / Qualifying Exam Requirements Dissertation: 12 hours minimum
Up to half of credits from EDF 7910 can be converted to dissertation requirements