School of Education Counseling & Psychology in Education

Human Development & Educational Psychology Programs of Study

Required coursework for each Human Development & Educational Psychology degree.

Graduate training in Human Development & Educational Psychology at USD has a multidisciplinary focus, aimed at developing student competency in three curricular areas:

  1. Human development,
  2. Research methodology and statistics, and
  3. Human cognition and learning.

While students gain a breadth of understanding across these areas, individual specialization within a content area is expected.
Students have the opportunity to work closely with a small group of Ph.D. faculty who represent each of these areas. We strive to model collaborative and cooperative connections among ourselves, our colleagues in the School of Education, and with our students. As they move through the various programs, students work closely with their advisors to assure that they meet program requirements and select elective courses that meet their goals. In addition, they have opportunities beyond the classroom to participate in collaborative activities, including research and teaching projects.

Training in instructional and research technologies is an integrated component of the program. USD graduates pursue successful careers in university teaching, the mental health field, business, and variety of positions in K-12 education. Degree offerings include M.A., Ed.S., and Ph.D. Prospective students are encourages to contact the department's faculty coordinator for further information on the program.