Psychological foundations of education
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Understand the way people think, learn, and teach
As a student in the program, you’ll study the psychological processes critical to education. Research in our program focuses on cognitive and social-emotional development, including high-level cognition and factors shaping and enhancing learning throughout the lifespan. You'll use this knowledge to develop better educational processes and procedures for schools and other educational agencies, businesses, human and social service organizations, health care providers, government agencies, and more.
- Faculty (Ph.D only)
- Research scientists at universities and companies
- Government agencies
- Other educational settings (e.g., K-12 school research offices)
- Human and social service organizations
- Health care organization evaluator/researcher
- Research and development centers
Dates & deadlines
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Programs & degrees
Masters and Ph.D. students choose between two areas of emphasis:
- Study how people think and learn
- Research how people learn with technology and design research-based technologies to improve learning
Study how social processes contribute to the success of schools and other educational organizations
Develop, implement, and supervise programs to teach gifted and talented students in K-12 and postsecondary schools and other settings
- Four credit course approved to meet the Minnesota Department of Education requirement for licensure
- Includes simulation activities, curriculum writing, and supervised practice in basic human relations skills emphasizing social psychological principles involved in stereotyping and prejudice and their implications for educational practice
Visit the College of Education and Human Development's Finance and Funding page for information on tuition.
Fellowships & awards
Submit your application materials by Dec. 1, and you’ll automatically be considered for Graduate School fellowships and departmental awards based on scholastic achievement. Notification of awards will be sent in March.
Get paid to work as a teaching assistant, graduate instructor or research assistant. Graduate assistantships are available through the department, College of Education and Human Development, and the University.
- John P. Yackel/Pearson Graduate Internship
- Jack Merwin Graduate Assistantship
- All University of Minnesota graduate assistantships
Note: Applicants who complete their applications by the March 1 deadline will be less likely to receive graduate assistantships than students who meet the Dec. 1 deadline.
The Department of Educational Psychology is deeply committed to increasing the diversity of our undergraduate and graduate programs, of our teaching and learning, of our research and clinical practice, and of our outreach and service across fields of educational psychology. Visit our diversity page to learn more about our commitment to diversity and resources for supporting diversity and inclusion.
“I help build a meaningful foundation of support for educators' instructional strategies and the development of students' learning skills using neuroscience.”
Soo-Hyun ImPh.D. student | email@example.com
Interests: Applying neuroscience findings to educational practice
Research: Examining young children's cognitive process of solving arithmetic problems; studying the influence of arithmetical flexibility on future mathematics achievement and brain development
Work: His current focus: Improving educators' neuroscience literacy; developing mathematical flexibility items