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2019-2020 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jun 07, 2023
2019-2020 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Psychology in Education

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Programs within the Department of Psychology in Education prepare graduates for professional careers in teaching, research, and professional practice. Doctoral studies are offered with areas of concentration in applied developmental psychology and in research methodology. Graduates receiving doctoral degrees serve in academic and research capacities in universities, government agencies, public and private research, and testing centers.

Master’s degrees are offered with areas of concentration in applied developmental psychology and research methodology. Master’s study in research methodology prepares personnel for positions in testing and research. Master’s study in applied developmental psychology prepares students for professional roles as program administrators, directors, and supervisors, child development specialists, child and youth workers, child life specialists, behavior/developmental specialists, mobile therapists, and research associates.

The department offers the following degrees in psychology in education:

  • Master of Arts (MA)
  • Master of Science (MS)
  • Master of Education (MEd)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Program Information

Applied Developmental Psychology Program

Applied Developmental Psychology helps students gain the expertise for recognizing how the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs directly correspond with the progression of children, youth, and their families.

This program offers:

  • Bachelor of Science (BS) degree
  • Master’s degree (MS) 
  • Dctoral degree (PhD)

Infant Mental Health Program

The program offers a Certificate and track within the MS in Applied Developmental Psychology program for students to gain specialized skills and knowledge for working with very young children (0 to 3-years of age) and their families. The training will be aligned with the recently purchased IMH Competency Guidelines and will prepare IMH students to be “ready” for IMH Endorsement through the process to be determined by the state of Pennsylvania. Students with IMH concentration and/or those who pursue IMH Endorsement will have unique qualifications that may improve employment opportunities and qualification to work in various settings. Among the unique skills students will learn are culturally-informed methods for infant observation, neurobehavioral assessment, transdisciplinary evaluation of infant development, promotion of caregiver-infant relationships, family engagement, relationship observation and assessment, system coordination, and an understanding of evidence-based interventions including Child Parent Psychotherapy, Circle of Security, Seeing is Believing, Healthy Families America, and more.  Students will have unique learning opportunities with the continued collaboration between the concentration in IMH and various local agencies and offices.

Research Methodology Program

The Research Methodology Program prepares professionals in the areas of psychometrics and test design, and scholars who contribute to the study of the quantitative methods used in empirical studies. Graduate students of the research methodology program acquire skills in the interrelated areas of measurement, research design, and statistical methods. Graduates are prepared for positions in colleges, universities, research centers, testing agencies, school systems, ministries of education and other government agencies, and industry.

This program offers:

  • Master of Education (MEd)
  • Master of Arts (MA)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Psychology in Education with an area of concentration in research methodology
  • Minor in quantitative research methodology




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