Human Development & Educational Psychology Programs of Study
Required coursework for each Human Development & Educational Psychology degree.
- M.A. in Human Development & Educational Psychology.
- The master's program in Human Development & Educational Psychology is designed to offer flexibility in both Plan A (thesis) and Plan B (non-thesis). Because of this flexibility, students work closely with an advisor to develop a program that will meet their needs and interests.
- Ed.S. in Human Development & Educational Psychology
- Ph.D. in Human Development & Educational Psychology.
- The doctoral degree requires a minimum of 94 graduate credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree. Students will earn a master's degree en route to a PhD degree. You do not need to re-apply for the PhD program following completion of the master's degree.
Graduate training in Human Development & Educational Psychology at USD has a multidisciplinary focus, aimed at developing student competency in three curricular areas:
- Human development,
- Research methodology and statistics, and
- 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.