Educational Psychology - Learning and Instruction, Doctor of Philosophy
Department of Educational Psychology
College of Education
Our doctoral curriculum includes coursework in psychological foundations, educational foundations, specialization, and research and statistics. Our goal is to prepare you to assist institutions in creating bridges between the knowledge base of educational psychology and the application of that knowledge base to educational endeavors.
To receive a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (PhD) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses, from one or more disciplines, ranging from at least 60-109 units of graduate-level courses. Most plans require research, a dissertation, and comprehensive exams. All plans have residency requirements regarding time spent on the Flagstaff campus engaged in full-time study.
The full policy can be viewed here.
In addition to University Requirements:
- At least three to four years of full-time equivalent coursework beyond the bachelor's degree
- Two consecutive semesters (Fall and Spring) of full-time residency
- A preliminary exam
- A comprehensive exam
- College-teaching fieldwork experiences
- The completion of one semester of fieldwork in an applied setting
- The preparation of a dissertation
|Minimum Units for Completion||91|
|Additional Admission Requirements||Required|
|Dissertation||Dissertation is required.
|Comprehensive Exam||Comprehensive Exam is required.
|Oral Defense||Oral Defense is required.
|Research||Individualized research is required.
|Student Teaching/Supervised Teaching||Required|
Additional Admission Requirements
- Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Take the following 91 units:
- EPS 599, when taught as History of Psychology (3 units)
- PSY 650 (3 units)
- PSY 635 (3 units)
- Select from: EPS 610, EPS 611, EPS 612, EPS 739, PSY 610, PSY 633 (9 units)
- Select from: EDF 500, EDF 670, EDF 671, EDF 672, EDF 673, EDF 677, EDF 703, EDF 704 (6 units)
- EPS 698 in "Professional Ethics and Standards" (1 unit)
- EPS 605, EPS 712, EPS 720 (9 units)
- PSY 620 or PSY 621 (6 units)
- EPS 698 in "Learning and Instruction" (3 units)
- A focus area to be determined with your advisor, which may include additional units of Fieldwork Experience (12 units)
- EPS 608, with at least 3 units in "College Teaching" (6 units)
- EPS 625, EPS 664, EPS 685, EPS 724, EPS 725, EPS 798 (18 units)
- ECI 730 (3 units)
- Select one course from: EPS 739; EDR 611, EDR 725, EDR 730, EDR 736 (3 units)
- EPS 799, for the research, writing, and oral defense of an approved dissertation. You may end up taking more than the 9 units of dissertation credit you can count toward your degree because you must register for it each semester while you are working on your dissertation. (9 units)
For more information about residency and other requirements that pertain to this degree, see Doctoral Requirements Policy.
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.