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Department of Educational Psychology


Our mission is to develop leaders in the fields of teaching, learning, human development, and behavior, using observations and experience to support high-quality research. We prepare educational researchers, theorists, and practitioners as we work to serve diverse populations. Our department is made of four interconnected areas of emphasis: applied cognition and development, gifted and creative education, quantitative methodology, and school psychology.

Academic Programs

Applied Cognition and Development

With an emphasis on applied cognition and development, educational psychologists explore the effect of human cognitive and developmental processes on education, and they determine how that knowledge can be applied to teaching and learning. The program prepares graduates to improve education through research, to implement projects in schools, and to apply research and methods to various settings.

Degree Programs

These degrees offer a specialization in Applied Cognition and Development:

Non-Degree Programs

From the Applied Cognition and Development program:

Gifted and Creative Education

This program’s philosophy is grounded in tenets that giftedness and creativity are expressed in diverse ways among diverse people; that creativity is a universal potential to be nurtured and enhanced; and that the best education is tailored to student’s specific needs. This includes a focus on instruction, research, and service.

Degree Programs

These degrees offer a specialization in Gifted and Creative Education:

Non-Degree Programs

From the Gifted and Creative Education program:

Quantitative Methods

Do you have an interest in theoretical developments in psychometrics, statistics, measurement, and other statistical modeling strategies?

The goal of this program is to advance the field of quantitative methodology and connect to real-world problems in educational and social science research.

Degree Programs

These degrees offer a specialization in Quantitative Methods:

Non-Degree Programs

From the Quantitative Methods program:

School Psychology

An emphasis in school psychology is designed to produce clinically skilled scientists who are proficient in principles of theory, science and practice.

Degree Programs

These degrees offer a specialization in School Psychology:

Non-Degree Programs

From the School Psychology program:

Student Resources


  • The Graduate Researchers in Educational Psychology student association fosters contacts and communication between students and faculty in the department. It also encourages participation in projects relating to the fields represented in the department.
  • Eligible students may be elected to the Beta Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, which was established to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching.
  • School psychology students may participate in the Georgia Association of School Psychologists, which advises the scholarly goals and professional interests of future school psychologists.

Faculty and Research


Our faculty have been awarded millions of dollars in federal and private funding for research on topics such as:

  • Assessment and remediation of children’s reading difficulty
  • Sex differences in mathematics strategies
  • Underrepresented populations in gifted education
  • Creativity, reading comprehension, and vocabulary development
  • Diagnostic classification models
  • Preschool intervention for children living in poverty
  • Design of student-centered learning environments, and school dropout prevention

Grant Projects

Sponsored research within the Department of Educational Psychology includes:

Outreach, Engagement, and Service

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