Program Overview

A Doctorate in Philosophy is available in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology from Michigan State University. Those interested in this online program should have a background of prior study and experience and must demonstrate a high capability of success.

Students will enroll in Proseminar courses, Educational Inquiry and Research courses, and Emphasis Area courses. The Proseminar courses will consist of six credits and two classes: Proseminar in Learning, Technology, and Culture and a choice of Proseminar in Educational Psychology or Technology. Students will take 12 credits (four courses) in Educational Inquiry and Research: Educational Inquiry, Quantitative Methods in Educational Research I and II, and Practicum in Research Design and Data Analysis. The Emphasis Area courses require students to choose nine credits from a list in either Education Psychology or Educational Technology.

The Education Psychology concentration will teach students the development of human learning and process in setting such as homes, peer groups, classrooms, etc. Analysis will be grounded in mathematics, literacy, and science. In Educational Technology, students will conduct research in order to better understand pedagogy, design of media and technology, and policy in different formal and informal environments.

Students will also choose a minimum of five additional courses in an area of concentration that relates to their approved program of study. Finally, all students must pass a departmental exam at the end of the first year, and satisfactorily complete a research apprenticeship and a doctoral dissertation.

After successfully completing this program, graduates are prepared for careers university research and teaching, as well as leadership positions in private sectors and school systems.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

    School Overview

    Founded in 1855 as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, Michigan State University is the first land-grant university in the country and was originally an agricultural college. In 1861, the university changed its name to the State Agricultural College. Throughout the 20th century, the university experienced a time of great expansion. The then agricultural college began to build programs in education, business, medicine and many other areas of study becoming more than just an agricultural institution. In 1964, the university changed its name to its current designation of Michigan State University. 

    Michigan State University offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level as well as post-secondary certificates from 17 colleges and schools. Select academic programs are offered partially or totally online while others may be completed at off-campus locations across the state of Michigan.


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