Program Overview

Teachers already holding a valid masterss degree in education or an approved area of study may pursue the Doctor of Education (Ed.D) degree with a concentration in Educational Psychology. This high level education may be earned through a distance learning format, allowing practicing teachers and other busy educators the opportunity to maintain current positions while attending a flexible class schedule. The concentration in Educational Psychology has the possible outcome of preparing individuals for positions as counselors, administrative leaders and principals.

Educational Psychology is a concentration within the advanced education degree curriculum that focuses on the study of human learning. The dynamic and various levels related to how humans are capable of understanding information, is the primary objective of teachers participating in the doctorate degree program. Graduate student teachers may use the specialized curriculum when applying learned concepts to personal instructional processes or when competing for a school psychologist position. Advanced teachers have the option of studying the cognitive and affective learning processes that influence behaviors, personalities, intellectual abilities, and self-awareness of pupils.

Students must complete the required semester units comprised of: Qualifying Courses, Core Courses, Specialization Courses, A Comprehensive Examination and a Proposal, Dissertation and Oral Defense. The courses will build on previous degrees and experiences while also introducing topics of interest such as the philosophical foundations of education, theories of learning, and legal and ethical aspects of the field.

Many learning institutions are in need of well educated and experienced professionals to take on students psychology roles. Graduates may also obtain the Ed.D. designation to best fit with professional, personal and academic goals in current and future endeavors. The sought after degree designation may be used to obtain school guidance counselor positions or a variety of other careers focusing on the betterment of education and the fostering of lifelong learning.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: Yes

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)


    An applicant must have earned a Master's Degree in Education or a Master’s Degree in another field may be accepted if the Admissions Committee evaluation indicates the applicant has the necessary foundation to succeed in the program.

    The applicant must then complete the following 5 prerequisite courses: EDU 510 Models of Teaching, EDU 532 School and Community Relations, EDU 545 Leadership and Technology, EDU 546 Public Policy and EDU 547 Legal Aspects of Education.

    School Overview

    Founded in 1973, California Coast University is a private distance learning institution that offers online and correspondence programs. This non-profit started in order to meet the needs of professionals from all areas of industry, business, education, and those whose professional, geographic, or time limitations prevented them from completing their education. The program is designed for mid-career adults who are dedicated to accepting personal responsibility for their educational achievements. 

    The university’s ultimate objective is to offer distance learning undergraduate and graduate degree programs to working adults who are looking for a feasible method for finishing their education without returning to the traditional classroom setting.


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