Educational Psychology PhD

Before being admitted to the doctoral program, the prospective student must first meet the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School. Applicants to the doctoral program must hold at least a bachelor’s degree.

In all cases, admission to graduate degree programs in psychology is competitive, since available facilities and faculty do not permit admission of all qualified applicants. The components of an application to the doctoral program are as follows:

  1. Graduate Record Examination. Applicants must submit scores for the quantitative, verbal, and analytical/written sections of the GRE.
  2. Transcript(s) showing academic prerequisites. 
    • Applicants holding the master’s degree must have an overall grade point average of at least 3.40 on graduate work, exclusive of practicum and thesis grades.
    • For students applying with a completed non-thesis master’s degree, completion of the thesis will be required prior to admission to doctoral candidacy.
  3. Recommendations/references. The doctoral applicant is required to submit four satisfactory recommendations on forms provided by the Graduate School, including one from the last employer, if it was a professional experience, and one from the last institution attended.  Two of the individuals must hold doctorates.
  4. Statement of goals. All prospective students must submit a brief statement to the graduate admissions committee stating their goals in psychology and how the Department of Psychology and Special Education at Texas A&M University-Commerce can help them attain those goals. 

The department reserves the right to deny entrance to an applicant who, in the judgment of a duly constituted departmental committee, appears unlikely to succeed professionally, or whose goals are inconsistent with the orientation of the degree program, regardless of any other qualifications.

Prior to entering the program, each student should select which of two curriculum tracks to take. Each of the tracks (Educational and Experimental) includes its own set of courses (with some overlap) but all students, regardless of track, will need to complete a larger set of core courses. These are described below.

Note: For those entering the program without a Masters degree and thesis accepted by the Department of Psychology, & Special Education, at least 90 semester hours are required overall Cognate area - 18 sh, Thesis - 6 sh, & Electives - 6 sh.  For those with an accepted Masters thesis, at least 60 semester hours are required overall.  At least 45 semester hours must be from TAMU-C.  At least 51% of TAMU-C courses (excluding 718) must be taken face-to-face in Commerce.  No course beyond the master's program that is over ten years old at the time the doctoral degree is conferred can be used toward the doctoral degree.

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology (90 semester hour)

Core 12 semester hours (4 courses)
PSY 505Intro to Educational Psycholog3
PSY 509History & Systems of Psychology3
PSY 545Developmental Psychology3
PSY 620Intro to Human Cognition3
Choose one of two tracks: (Experimental Track or Educational Track)
Experimental Track 21 semester hours (7 courses)
PSY 511Cognitive Science3
PSY 515Neuro/Bio Bases of Behavi3
PSY 594Ethical Issues in Organization3
PSY 621Advanced Cognition3
PSY 622Research Design: Introduction to Theses and Dissertations3
PSY 625Cognition & Instruction I3
PSY 627Social Cognition3
Educational Track - 21 semester hours (7 courses)
PSY 514Theories of Human Learnng3
PSY 594Ethical Issues in Organization3
PSY 622Research Design: Introduction to Theses and Dissertations3
PSY 625Cognition & Instruction I3
PSY 626Cognition/Instruction II3
PSY 645Introduction to Learning Technology3
PSY 679Program Evaluation3
Doctoral Tools (Five research methods/statistics courses required by Office of Graduate Studies)
PSY 695Research Methodology3
PSY 612Psy Ed Statistics3
PSY 681Intermediate Statistics3
Choose two of the following:
PSY 610Nonparametric Statistics3
PSY 670Multivariate Analysis3
PSY 671Advanced Tests & Measurements3
Thesis
PSY 518Thesis (6 semester hours required)3-6
Dissertation 12 semester hours required for 718 (only 12 semester hours count)
PSY 718Doctoral Dissertation3-12
Electives 6 semester hours from the following:
PSY 502Theories of Personality3
PSY 503Psychopathology and Diagnosis3
PSY 507Pharmaco-therapy3
PSY 508Theory/Technique Applied Psy3
PSY 517Intro to Hum-Comp Inter Design3
PSY 527GLB/Social/Cltural Bases Behav3
PSY 539Forensic Psychology3
PSY 572Psychological Assessment and Measurement3
PSY 573Intellectual Assessment I3
PSY 575Personality Assessment II3
PSY 576Psychological Assessment of Children & Adolescents3
PSY 593Health Psychology3
PSY 598Psychology of Gerontology3
PSY 601Perception3
PSY 618Group Dynamics3
PSY 640Evolutionary Psychology3
PSY 661Org Change and Improvement3
PSY 672Cultural Iss & Diversity3
PSY 675Advanced Topics in Educational Psychology3
PSY 680Professional Development3-6
PSY 689Independent Study1-4
PSY 697Special Topic1-9
Cognate 18 semester hours outside of track (select from disciplines below)
Excluding 518, 595, 718 & any Doctoral Research Tools.
PSY, BSC, CED, CSCI, BLED, ECE, EDCI, ELED, RDG, SED, EDAD, ETEC, HIED, HHPH, HHPK, HHPS, ENG, FLL, MKT, BA, MGT, MATH, PSCI, COUN, SPED, SWK, CJ, & SOC. 18
Total Hours90

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology (60 semester hour)

Core 12 semester hours (4 courses)
PSY 505Intro to Educational Psycholog3
PSY 509History & Systems of Psychology3
PSY 545Developmental Psychology3
PSY 620Intro to Human Cognition3
Choose one of two tracks: (Experimental Track or Educational Track)
Experimental Track - 21 semester hours (7 courses)
PSY 511Cognitive Science3
PSY 515Neuro/Bio Bases of Behavi3
PSY 594Ethical Issues in Organization3
PSY 621Advanced Cognition3
PSY 622Research Design: Introduction to Theses and Dissertations3
PSY 625Cognition & Instruction I3
PSY 627Social Cognition3
Educational Track - 21 semester hours (7 courses)
PSY 514Theories of Human Learnng3
PSY 594Ethical Issues in Organization3
PSY 622Research Design: Introduction to Theses and Dissertations3
PSY 625Cognition & Instruction I3
PSY 626Cognition/Instruction II3
PSY 645Introduction to Learning Technology3
PSY 679Program Evaluation3
Doctoral Tools (Five research methods/statistics courses required by Office of Graduate Studies)
PSY 695Research Methodology3
PSY 612Psy Ed Statistics3
PSY 681Intermediate Statistics3
Choose two of the following:
PSY 610Nonparametric Statistics3
PSY 670Multivariate Analysis3
PSY 671Advanced Tests & Measurements3
Dissertation 12 hours required for 718 (only 12 count)
PSY 718Doctoral Dissertation (Must be enrolled in 718 continuously every term while working on dissertation)3-12
Total Hours60

Note:  Successful completion of the Comprehensive Exam is required of all students.