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2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jul 24, 2024
2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Applied Developmental Psychology, PhD

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*PhD students admitted prior to Fall 2023 are eligible to follow these revised requirements to qualify for graduation.*

The PhD program in Applied Developmental Psychology prepares students for research careers answering meaningful practice and policy questions relevant to improving the lives of children, youth, and families. Students will study the following areas in depth:

  • The influence of individual, interpersonal, and contextual factors on learning and well-being outcomes for children and youth in school and out-of-school settings
  • How human development and context interact to generate dynamic patterns of child and youth behavior
  • The effectiveness of interventions to promote learning and wellbeing outcomes for children and youth

Students complete coursework in a diverse set of topics to learn academic writing skills, real-world applied research design, data analytics tools that match the complexities of the context under study, and authentic assessment strategies.

The PhD degree requires 90 credits distributed as follows: 9 credits in core courses, 12 in development in context course work, 15 credits in area of concentration, 9 credits in electives, 1 credit of writing workshop, 3 credits of first year seminar, 30 credits in research methodology, 6 credits in supervised research, 3 credits in teaching practicum, and 18 credits in dissertation coursework. The program also requires two terms of supervised research, a research project, a practicum in college teaching, and a dissertation.

For additional degree requirement information, refer to the School of Education section on Doctoral Degree Requirements.

Development in Context

12 Credits - Select at least 4 from the following (other options available with advisor consent):

Area of Concentration

15 Credits

With you advisor, develop a coherent set of courses for your scholarly development.

Courses may be drawn from outside the School of Education or University of Pittsburgh.

Research, Teaching Practicum, and Dissertation Courses

All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise specified.

Other Required Courses

Students enroll in the First Year Seminar (EDUC 3102  / EDUC 3105 ), 3 credits of Supervised Research (EFOP 3097 ), 9 elective credits, and 18 dissertation credits.

Total Credits: 90

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