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:
- Graduate Record Examination. Applicants must submit scores for the quantitative, verbal, and analytical/written sections of the GRE.
- Transcript(s) showing academic prerequisites.
- Applicants holding the master’s degree must have an overall grade point average of at least 3.50 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.
- 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 attend. Two must hold doctorates.
- 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.
PSY 500 - Psychology in Education
Psychology in Education Contexts. Three semester hours. A course designed for teacher education students to provide a thorough understanding of the dynamic relationship between cognition, learning, and development for school-aged children and adolescents. Formative and summative assessment and evaluation procedures will also be presented. This course is required as a part of the initial certification program in teacher education.
PSY 502 - Theories of Personality
Theories of Personality for Psychotherapy and for Psychological Counseling. Three semester hours. Three semester hours. This is a study of the historically influential personality theories as they relate to contemporary psychology
PSY 503 - Abnormal Psy/Devpmt Psychopath
Abnormal Psychology and Developmental Psychopathology. Three semester hours. The course is oriented to the social-biological origins and dynamics of psychopathology in adults and children including developmental disorders.
PSY 505 - Intro to Educational Psycholog
Introduction to Educational Psychology. Three semester hours. This class is designed to introduce the student to the basic principles of educational psychology with an emphasis on the cognitive aspects of modern pedagogy. Topics that will be covered include a historical introduction to theory, research, and issues in educational psychology through both classic and contemporary readings in the areas of instructional psychology, motivation, measurement, learning, technology, and socialization.
PSY 506 - Professional School Psy
Professional School Psychology. Three semester hours. This course deals with pertinent issues in school psychology, such as ethics, emergent technologies, history and foundations of school psychology, legal issues, professional issues and standards, alternative models for the delivery of school psychological services, as well as roles and functions of the school psychologist. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
PSY 507 - Pharmaco-therapy
Pharmaco-therapy. Three semester hours This course provides an examination of psychoactive medications and their use in the treatment of mental and behavioral disorders. The efficacy and safety of medications will be discussed. The course presents basic principles of pharmaco-therapy that are the rationales behind the pharmacological treatment of psychological disorders. Applied components will relate to the aspects of the course material to mental health service delivery. The class also examines the historical psychopharmacological perspective, basic pharmacology underlying the use of medication, and recent research in the field. Prerequisite: Admission to a Psychology Graduate program.
PSY 508 - Theory/Technique Applied Psy
Theory and Techniques of Applied Psychology. Three semester hours. An introduction to theoretical models and their applications which are useful across a range of practical human situations. These include educational contexts, individual and group consultation, and organizations. Both assessment and intervention models will be presented, with an emphasis on their relationship. Active practitioners will discuss and demonstrate selected intervention techniques. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
PSY 509 - History & Systems of Psy
History and Systems of Psychology. Three semester hours. A comparative and critical study is made of a number of viewpoints in psychology from early experimental psychology to the contemporary field and organismic theories.
PSY 511 - Cognitive Science
Cognitive Science. Three semester hours. Cognitive Science concerns the nature of human cognition from an interdisciplinary perspective, including insights from philosophy, psychology, linguistics, artificial intelligence, anthropology, and neuroscience. Selected topics include mental representation, cognitive processing mechanisms, language, and computational modeling.
PSY 514 - Theories of Human Learnng
Theories of Human Learning - Three semester hours This is a course that is taken primarily by doctoral students, not master's students, as part of their electives on their degree plan.
PSY 515 - Neuro/Bio Bases of Behavi
Neuromechanisms/Biological Bases of Behavior. Three semester hours. Designed for psychology or counseling students, this course is concerned with biological bases of developmental neuropsychology, peripheral nervous systems, psychophysiology, behavioral pharmacology, and their relations to central nervous system arousal, motivational, emotional, and memory structures. Prerequisite: PSY 315 or consent of instructor.
PSY 517 - Intro to Hum-Comp Inter Design
Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction Design. Three semester hours. Students will learn the fundamental concepts of human-computer interaction and user-center design thinking, through working in teams on a interaction design project, supported by lectures, readings, and discussions. They will learn to evaluate and design usable and appropriate software based on psychological, social and technical analysis. They will become familiar with the variety of design and evaluation methods used in interaction design, and will get experience with these methods in their project. Graduate student team projects will involve more advanced HCI design issues. Topics will include usability and affordances, direct manipulation, systematic design methods, user conceptual models and interface metaphors, design languages and genres, human cognitive models, physical ergonomics, information and interactivity structures, and design tools and environments.
PSY 518 - Thesis
Thesis. Three semester hours. This conference course introduces the candidate for the Master of Arts or Master of Science Option I degree to the theories and techniques of educational and psychological research and leads to the completion and acceptance of the thesis. Course is repeated for at least two three-credit hour courses. Graded on a (S) satisfactory or (U) unsatisfactory basis.
PSY 521 - Research Design
Research Design. One semester hours. The focus on this course is on the design, analysis, and interpretation of experimental research. Emphasis will be given to designs which can be analyzed by ANOVA or MANOVA. Statistical software will be employed to assist with the analysis of data. Prerequisite: PSY 612 or equivalent or permission of instructor. Cross list with SPED 521
PSY 527 - GLB/Social/Cltural Bases Behav
This course is designed to cover principles and research related to social and cultural bases of behavior, motivation, attitude, value, leadership, propaganda, groups, morale, industrial conflict, roles, ethnic attitudes, and status.
PSY 535 - Applied Behavior Analysis
Applied Behavior Analysis. Three semester hours. (Same as SPED 535) A study of operant conditioning and reinforcement principles as they apply to describing, explaining, predicting, and developing human behavior in socially desirable ways, so that benefits occur in individuals in family, school, work, and community setting.
PSY 536 - Hypnosis Applications
Hypnosis Applications Hours: Three This course introduces the advanced student to hypnosis and trance as they may be used in counseling and psychotherapy, as well as in behavior therapy, habit management, and behavioral medicine. Traditional induction and trance management techniques, indirect hypnosis, and a number of related therapeutic techniques drawn from a variety of therapeutic models are taught and practiced. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
PSY 537 - Advanced Therapeutic Intervention
A study of selected current specific techniques used in the practice of psychotherapy. Students will study a set of clinical procedures based on different theoretical models, including cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, solution-focused psychotherapy, and others. Emphasis will be on technique with evidence-based effectiveness and practical value in producing therapeutic movement, and students will practice the procedures in controlled clinical settings. They will also be encouraged to develop an articulated practice model of their own. Prerequisites: PSY 508 or consent of program advisor.
PSY 538 - Ethics in Clinical Practice
The course will provide a review of the basics of ethical philosophy and the current code of ethics of the American Psychological Association, with emphasis on clinical practice. It will also provide a review of the statutory and common law bases for conducting an ethical practice while minimizing risk to clients and the professional integrity of the psychologist. Prerequisites: Admission to the applied psychology program.
PSY 539 - Forensic Psychology
Forensic Psychology - Three semester hours This course introduces students to the field of forensic psychology, its history, and the relationship between law and psychology, the mental health system, mental illness and criminal conduct. An introduction to the legal system is also included. As an introduction the course will highlight the following topics: ethics in forensic psychology, violence and risk assessment evaluation, treatment of the juvenile and adult offender, mental health law, psychology of law enforcement, forensic psychology in correctional settings, forensic documentation and report writing.
PSY 545 - Developmental Psychology
Study of the lifespan of humans. Emphasizes both experimental and theoretical approaches to the study of cognitive, personality, social, perceptual and physical development from conception to death. Crosslisted with: COUN 545.
PSY 572 - Psychological Assess/Measureme
Psychological Assessment and Measurement. Three semester hours. (Same as SPED 572). This course is the first required course in the sequence of assessment courses and is planned to provide a framework for the development of assessment practices. Attention will be given to issues of measurement, identifying appropriate sources of diagnostic information, reliability, validity, identifying and selecting test instruments, conducting the assessment process in an ethical and considerate manner, interpreting norm references and criterion-referenced test scores. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
PSY 573 - Intellectual Assesmnt I
Intellectual Assessment I. Three semester hours. (Same as SPED 573) The purpose of this course is to attain knowledge of cognitive functioning and develop skills in the cognitive assessment of children and adolescents. This course integrates the skills of administration, scoring, and interpretation of major cognitive assessment instruments (e.g., WJ-III COG, KABC-II, & WISC-IV) in the context of recent cognitive theories and research. The Cattell-Horn-Carroll (CHC) Theory of Cognitive Abilities will be the primary underlying framework for interpreting test data. Also, an emphasis will be placed on utilizing the Cross-Battery Assessment approach when utilizing the CHC theory of cognitive abilities. Issues of assessing culturally and linguistically diverse children and adolescents are integrated throughout the course in addition to specified lectures.
PSY 575 - Personality Assessment II
Personality Assessment II. Three semester hours. The course will examine the socio-emotional, behavioral and cultural aspects of personality and informal assessments for children and adults as part of the diagnostic process. Psychometric and ethical considerations with the use of these techniques will be considered. Computerized testing and scoring of personality tests and techniques will also be covered. Prerequisites: Concurrent or prior enrollment in PSY 572 and 503.
PSY 576 - Psy Assess Child & Adol
Psychological Assessment of Children and Adolescents This course will focus on assessment and diagnostic/eligibility considerations pertaining to children and adolescents (ages 3-21) exhibiting characteristics of various disabilities as defined by IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) and the DSM-IV-TR. Students will develop knowledge and skills related to multiple assessment techniques frequently used in determining diagnostic/eligibility criteria. Such techniques include interviewing, behavior rating scales, behavior observations, and specific standardized instruments designed to aide in the identification of disabilities in children and adolescents. Additional topics addressed in this course include: working with mulit-disciplinary assessment teams, intervention strategies and recommendations, working with families, and multicultural considerations. Pre-requisites : PSY/SPED 572 or consent of instructor
PSY 589 - Independent Study
Independent Study. One to three semester hours. Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated when the topic varies. Prerequisite: Consent of department head.
PSY 592 - Group Psychotherapy
Group Psychotherapy - Three semester hours Techniques and ethical considerations in group therapy. Topics will include psychological theories as they apply to group therapy. Techniques in group therapy and ethical considerations of group therapists.
PSY 593 - Health Psychology
Health Psychology - Three semester hours This class is designed to introduce the basic concepts of Health Psychology. Students will be introduced to different medical disorders and diseases and the implications for the psychological health and impact on psychological functioning of individuals with these disorders. Students will study physical limitations and adaptations. They will understand basic ADA law and how to make buildings accessible. Psychological treatments for persons with disorders and physical limitations will be introduced. Topics covered will include depression and illness, traumatic injuries, neuromuscular diseases, cancer, and chronic pain. Also covered will be the use of psychological techniques to improve behaviors for wellness including smoking cessation, proper nutrition, and exercise. Such methods of treatment will include biofeedback, relaxation and behavioral goal setting. Graduate students will understand the applicability of foundations of health psychology to older adults and the study of geriatrics. Cross list with: PSY 492 - Health Psychology
PSY 594 - Ethical Issues in Organization
Ethical Issues in Organizations. Three semester hours. Ethical issues applied to individuals in an organizational setting. Included are theories of moral philosophy and the development and application of professional and business codes.
PSY 595 - Research Literature & Techniqu
Research Literature and Techniques. Three semester hours. This course will provide a study of the research literature in the students' field of major interest and develop and understanding of research techniques used in this field.
PSY 597 - Special Topics
Special Topics. One to four semester hours. Organized class. May be repeated when topics vary.
PSY 598 - Psychology of Gerontology
Psychology of Gerontology - Three semester hours This course will cover topics in gerontology including physical and mental changes in older adults, transitions such as retirement, mental health issues for the older adult, and health issues. The course will provide needed information to help the older adult adjust to changes in life. The course will focus on positive sides of aging which are often neglected.
PSY 601 - Perception
Perception. Three semester hours. This course is a survey of classical and current theory and research on human perception. It includes the relations of sensation and perception, stimulus and receptor correlates, physiological bases for perception, and the study of the visual, auditory, cutaneous, and chemical senses.
PSY 605 - Single Subject Designs
This is an introductory level course concentrating on single subject data designs, visual inspection and inference of data and statistical analysis for educational and behaviorally therapeutic interventions and data collection processes.
PSY 610 - Nonparametric Statistics
Nonparametric Statistics. Three semester hours. This course, a Graduate School approved level IV research tool course, concentrates on the logic and application of distribution-free statistics with emphasis on psychological and educational data and research. Prerequisites: Level I-III research tool courses or equivalent or permission of instructor.
PSY 612 - Psy Ed Statistics
This course, a Graduate School approved level II research tools course, is an introductory level course that concentrates on statistical methods applicable to educational and psychological research procedures and interpretations. Crosslisted with: COUN 613.
PSY 615 - Psy Principles of Consultation
Psychological Principles of Consultation. Three semester hours. This course will examine the psychological principles and knowledge base underlying the major models and theories of individual and organizational consultation. Scientific information derived from the study of learning, cognition, development, and personality theory will be examined in relation to the common consultative practices and models employed in business, government, and education.
PSY 618 - Group Dynamics
Group Dynamics: Understanding and Working in Groups. Three semester hours. This course will provide both a theoretical background and practical knowledge for understanding and working in a group environment. Basic principles of group membership, identity, and interaction will be identified. The ultimate goal of the class is to make the student a more productive group member. To achieve this goal, some topics that will be discussed include leadership, communication skills and patterns, conflict styles and resolutions, viewing diversity as a strength, needs for and uses of power, and team development and training. The student will develop these skills through active participation in numerous group activities and environments.
PSY 620 - Intro to Human Cognition
Introduction to Human Cognition - Three semester hours This course provides an overview of cognitive psychology. We will investigate topics of perception, attention, consciousness, memory, imagery, knowledge representation, language, problem solving, decision making, and other selected aspects. Emphasis also will be placed on the relationship between mental processes and the brain. In addition, students will learn to appreciate the scientific methods that are developed to investigate these topics.
PSY 621 - Advanced Cognition
Advanced Cognition. Three semester hours. This seminar course will examine the disciplines of cognitive science and cognitive psychology, with primary attention to the three predominant metaphors and models of the mind: the mind as a computer, the mind as a neural network, and the mind as a brain.
PSY 622 - Research Design: Introduction to Theses and Dissertations
In this course, students will learn the principles of developing a research idea that can ultimately be developed into an actual research proposal. Students will be expected to abstract research articles and based on these summaries, identify and operationalize a research question, prepare a potential method section, and prepare and submit a research proposal draft.
PSY 625 - Cognition & Instruction I
Cognition and Instruction I. Three semester hours. This course will examine the psychological principles and scientific knowledge base underlying the major instructional theories. Content will include an evaluation of how current theories and knowledge of human cognition relate to the principles and practices of instructional design and development.
PSY 626 - Cognition/Instruction II
Cognition and Instruction II. Three semester hours. This course will require students to apply knowledge and theory derived from cognitive psychology to the design and development of instructional systems and products. Students will be expected to integrate cognitive models and knowledge of human cognition within the process of developing and designing instructional systems and products. Prerequisite: PSY 625 or consent of instructor.
PSY 627 - SOCIAL COGNITION
Social Cognition - Three semester hours This course will investigate the research on the cognitive mediators of interpersonal behavior. This course is predicated on the belief that our social interactions are determined by what we believe we know about ourselves, other people, and the situations in which we encounter them. Topics to be covered include: Attribution, person perception, stereotyping, attitudes, the self, and social memory.
PSY 630 - RORSCHACH AND PROJECTIVES
Rorschach and Projectives Hours: Three Students learn to administer and interpret the Rorschach, using the Comprehensive System Projective procedures involving drawing, storytelling, sentence completion, etc., are also reviewed.
PSY 635 - Adv Behav Assess & Interv
Advanced Behavioral and Academic Assessment and Intervention Founded on a decision-making and accountability model, this course provides training in varied methods of assessment for the purpose of obtaining behavioral and academic information for identification and understanding of academic and behavioral concerns, and evaluating intervention models and for the measurement of progress. Emphasis is placed on a systematic process to collect data to translate assessment results into decisions regarding service delivery and to evaluate the outcomes of the services provided. Prerequisite: PSY/SPED 535.
PSY 661 - Org Change and Improvement
Organizational Change and Improvement. Three semester hours. (Cross-listed with MGT 594) This course will examine the principles of organizational change and the scientific knowledge base underlying the major models and theories of organizational change and improvement. Particular attention will be given to models and practices of continuous organizational improvement and how such models relate to current knowledge and theory.
PSY 670 - Multivariate Analysis
Multivariate Statistics. Three semester hours. This course, a Graduate School approved level IV research tools course, provides a conceptual introduction, as well as computational and computer competence, in modern multivariate procedures. Topics include multiple regression, discriminant function analysis, analysis of covariance, multiple analysis of variance, item analysis, cluster analysis, factor analysis, and canonical correlation. Applications to measurement and test construction are emphasized. Prerequisite: Level I-III research tools courses or equivalent or permission of instructor.
PSY 671 - Advanced Tests & Measurements
This course is designed to: (1) introduce students to modern and classical test theories, the concepts and the techniques, including test construct, scaling, modern and classical reliability theories, validity, modern and classical item analysis techniques, equating and test score interpretation; (2) provide students with knowledge about how a psychological or educational test is developed; (3) provide students with knowledge about strengths and limitations of psychological and educational tests; (4) provide students opportunities to discuss technical issues in test development and to practice their knowledge through projects. Prerequisites: PSY 612.
PSY 672 - Cultural Iss & Diversity
Multicultural Issues and Diversity in Assessment and Therapy This course is an examination of cultural and diversity issues present in educational and psychological assessment and therapeutic treatment. Students will develop sensitization to personal and societal attitudes and values, as well as an increase of their awareness of current models of multicultural assessment and therapy/intervention. Topical areas addressed in the course are: culture, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, worldview, gender, age, disability, and sexual orientation. The course additionally identifies models for developing competency in assessing and providing therapeutic services to diverse clients.
PSY 674 - Spec Topics in Clin Psy
Special Topics in Clinical Psychology - Three semester hours Course will enhance the clinical skills of students planning to work as practicing psychological associates and LSSPs and other clinical fields. Topic might include Crisis Intervention, Therapeutic Interventions for Older Adults, or Behavioral Health, for example. This course may be taken a total of 3 times for credit.
PSY 675 - Advanced Topics in Educational Psychology
The topic for this course is determined by the instructor, but will typically involve some aspect of cognitive, social, physiological, or quantitative psychology. Can be repeated when topic varies.
PSY 679 - Program Evaluation
This course will emphasize both the practical and theoretical issues involved in the planning, execution, and interpretation of program evaluations. Prerequisites: PSY 612 or 572 or equivalent or permission of instructor. Crosslisted with: COUN 621.
PSY 680 - Professional Development
This course is intended for students who have completed most of their coursework in the educational psychology doctoral program. Students will be placed in supervised work settings which provide an opportunity for students to apply knowledge and learn new skills. Apprenticeship sites may be on or off campus, paid or unpaid. Off-campus sites include government agencies, industry, higher education, public education, or other appropriate settings. A written agreement between the student, academic supervisor, on-site supervisor, and the sponsoring agency specifying the requirements for the apprenticeship will be required. Apprenticeship students will be expected to complete at least 150 hours on-site during the semester, although this requirement may be increased, depending upon the student. Prerequisites: PSY 625 and PSY 626 or consent of instructor. Crosslisted with: COUN 650.
PSY 681 - Intermediate Statistics
Intermediate Statistics. Three semester hours. This course, a Level III research tools course, will emphasize the understanding of intermediate level statistical concepts and their application to the social sciences and education. Content will include one-way, factorial, and repeated measures analysis of variance, simple analysis of covariance, and advanced correlational methods, bivariate regression and an introduction to multiple regression, selected nonparametric methods, and introduction to multivariate analysis of variance. Students will be required to use computational software to assist in the analysis and interruption of data. Prerequisites: Level I and Level II research tools or equivalent or permission of instructor.
PSY 689 - Independent Study
Independent Study. One to three semester hours. Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated when the topic varies. Prerequisites: Consent of department head.
PSY 691 - Clinical Practicum Psych
Clinic Practicum in Psychology. Three semester hours. This course consists of supervised experience in psychological settings under the supervision of a licensed psychologist. Course is repeated for at least two three-credit hour courses, each requiring at least 150 weekly hours of clinical experience. Graded on a (S) satisfactory or (U) unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Repeatable
PSY 695 - Research Methodology
Research Methodology. Three semester hours. (Same as Coun/EdAd/ElEd/HPE/ SHEd 695) An overview of research methodology including basic concepts employed in quantitative and qualitative research methods. Includes computer applications for research. Meets requirements for a Level I research tool course. Prerequisite: Doctoral status or consent of the instructor.
PSY 696 - Supplementary Practicum in Clinical Psychology
This course consists of supervised experience in psychological settings under the supervision of a licensed psychologist, specifically designed for the student has completed 9 hours of 691, but who requires additional practicum time to complete direct hour requirements. Prerequisites: Completion of 9 semester hours of PSY 691.
PSY 697 - Special Topic
PSY 718 - Doctoral Dissertation
Doctoral Dissertation. Twelve semester hours. Doctoral dissertations must be acceptable to the student's advisory committee and the Dean for Graduate Studies and Research on a problem in the area of his specialization. To be acceptable, the dissertation must give evidence that the candidate has pursued a program of research, the results of which reveal superior academic competency and significant contribution to knowledge. Graded on a (S) satisfactory or (U) unsatisfactory basis.
PSY 790 - Internship in School Psycholog
Internship in School Psychology. Three semester hours. This course consists of supervised experience in psychological settings under the supervision of a Licensed Specialist in School Psychologist. Graded on a (S) satisfactory or (U) unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Course is repeated for at least two but no more than four, three-credit hour courses, each requiring approximately 20 weekly hours of field experience, to meet master's degree requirement for internship.