At Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Education, we are seeking outstanding candidates for our Education PhD program, with specialty in Educational Psychology (EDPS) and Research and Evaluation (RE) within the Department of Foundations of Education. Faculty in EDPS and RE programs are committed to innovative and impactful work that will prepare scholars and educators for critical and reflective work in a variety of educational settings. We welcome students from diverse backgrounds who are interested in interdisciplinary opportunities for research and scholarly achievement.
Application deadline: December 15, 2017
The Educational Psychology program (Bachelor or Masters degree required) is for research-oriented students who are interested in scholarship that bridges the study of teaching and learning with cognitive science, motivation, self-regulation, and social processes in K12 and higher education settings. Doctoral students will work closely with faculty and peers on classroom-based and laboratory research on interdisciplinary projects such as longitudinal and mixed methods investigations of literacy motivation and self-regulation, experimental studies of cognition, learning strategies and problem-solving in higher education, and teaching and learning in STEM.
The Research and Evaluation program (Masters degree required) is for research-oriented students who are interested in learning how to use research and evaluation methods to improve K12 and higher education programs and outcomes. Doctoral students will work closely with faculty and peers to develop proficiency in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches to study educational issues in diverse contexts.
Both programs are designed to prepare graduates to teach at the university level, pursue future careers in higher education, as well as to take leadership positions in regional and state educational institutions and agencies.