PhD Educational Psychology

The PhD program in Educational Psychology is intended for specialist-level certified school psychologists, certified school counselors, school social workers, or similarly credentialed working professionals with a minimum of 60 graduate credits as a prerequisite. One 3-credit course is required in each of the core foundation areas, including research/statistics, abnormal psychology/psychopathology, and developmental/lifespan psychology. The doctoral program requires 33-36 credits beyond certification, with coursework in the foundations of educational psychology, research and statistics, and a chosen area of specialization (ABA, CBT, ODL, or Advanced Neuropsychological Assessment). Students must complete a qualifying paper and a doctoral dissertation.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Term 1Hours
Fall  
SPSY 783 Research Methods 3
SEDP 730 Foundations of Educational Psychology 3
 Hours6
Term 2
Winter  
SPSY 784 Statistical Analysis 3
SEDP 772 The Psychology of Teaching 3
 Hours6
Term 3
Spring  
SEDP 785 Advanced Research and Statistics 1
SEDP 790 Qualifying Seminar 1
SEDP 791 Dissertation Seminar 1
Specialization Class #1 3
 Hours6
Second Year
Term 1
Fall  
SEDP 720 Educational Psychology, Professional Seminar I 1
SPSY 774 Seminar in Advanced Integrated Knowledge 2
SEDP 792 Dissertation Advisement 1
Specialization Class #2 1
 Hours5
Term 2
Winter  
SEDP 721 Educational Psychology, Professional Seminar II 1
SEDP 792 Dissertation Advisement 1
Specialization Class #3 3
 Hours5
Term 3
Spring  
SEDP 722 Educational Psychology, Professional Seminar III 1
SEDP 792 Dissertation Advisement 1
Specialization Class #4 3
 Hours5
Third Year
Term 1
SEDP 792 Dissertation Advisement * if necessary 1
 Hours1
Term 2
SEDP 792 Dissertation Advisement * if necessary 1
 Hours1
Term 3
SEDP 792 Dissertation Advisement * if necessary 1
SEDP 795 Dissertation Editing * if necessary 1
 Hours2
 Total Hours37

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology (PhD)

Applicants must possess a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in psychology, counseling, education or a related field with a B average or better and have obtained professional certification in their chosen field.

Applicants must have completed, prior to admission, the following foundational coursework:

  • Statistics/Research
  • Abnormal Psychology or Psychopathology
  • Developmental or Lifespan Psychology

The online application will be available beginning in the fall 2021 term at https://explore.pcom.edu/apply/.

This program utilizes a rolling admissions policy, so applications will be considered throughout the year as they are received. Students will be accepted into the program until the desired class size is reached. Classes begin in the fall term (early August).

The Admissions Committee screens applications, invites some applicants for an interview, evaluates the applicants and selects new students. Following the completion of the admission process, each applicant will be notified of the Admission's Committee decision in writing, including any conditions that must be satisfied prior to or following enrollment.

Your application will be processed and assessed by the Faculty Committee on Admissions only after the receipt of:

  • Autobiographical statement explaining your interest in this academic program as it relates to your career goals (in 500 words or less)
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume

Official college transcripts from all colleges/universities schools attended must be sent directly to:

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Office of Admissions
4170 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131

We will accept electronic transcripts via email from Parchment Services and National Student Clearinghouse to admissions@pcom.edu. Letters of recommendation can be sent directly to PCOM Admissions in PDF format to recommend@pcom.edu. All other admissions documents can be sent to admissions@pcom.edu  .