PhD Educational Psychology

Department website: https://www.pcom.edu/academics/programs-and-degrees/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 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
SEDP 730 Foundations of Educational Psychology 3
SPSY 783 Research Methods 3
 Hours6
Term 2
SEDP 772 The Psychology of Teaching 3
SPSY 784 Statistical Analysis 3
 Hours6
Term 3
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
SEDP 720 Educational Psychology, Professional Seminar I 1
SPSY 774 Advanced Integrated Knowledge Seminar 2
SEDP 792 Dissertation Advisement (Students are required to take 3 credits of SEDP 792: Dissertation Advisement; students are required to register for this course until they successfully defend their dissertation, credits beyond the 3 do not count toward their degree.) 1
Specialization Class #2 1
 Hours5
Term 2
SEDP 721 Educational Psychology, Professional Seminar II 1
SEDP 792 Dissertation Advisement (Students are required to take 3 credits of SEDP 792: Dissertation Advisement; students are required to register for this course until they successfully defend their dissertation, credits beyond the 3 do not count toward their degree.) 1
Specialization Class #3 3
 Hours5
Term 3
SEDP 722 Educational Psychology, Professional Seminar III 1
SEDP 792 Dissertation Advisement (Students are required to take 3 credits of SEDP 792: Dissertation Advisement; students are required to register for this course until they successfully defend their dissertation, credits beyond the 3 do not count toward their degree.) 1
Specialization Class #4 3
 Hours5
Third Year
Term 1
SEDP 792: Dissertation Advisement, if necessary  
 Hours0
Term 2
SEDP 792: Dissertation Advisement, if necessary  
 Hours0
Term 3
SEDP 792: Dissertation Advisement, if necessary  
 Hours0
 Total Hours33

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology (PhD)

Applicants to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Educational Psychology program must possess a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in psychology, counseling, education or a related field with a 3.0 GPA (B) or better and have obtained professional certification in their chosen field.

Application requirements and a link to the online application will be available beginning in the Fall 2023 term at https://www.pcom.edu/admissions/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 enrollment 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, applicants will be notified of the Admission's Committee decision via their PCOM Admissions portal, including any conditions that must be satisfied prior to or following enrollment.

Required Application Materials:

  • PCOM Application for Admission
  • Autobiographical Statement: In 500 words or less, describe their professional goals and how a PhD in Educational Psychology can help achieve those goals.
    • In this statement, applicants should articulate why they are a good fit for the PCOM program, and conversely, why the program is a good fit.
    • Additionally, applicants should briefly discuss the resources and support available to them to successfully complete the program.
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • 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  .