Educational Psychology

Automatically waive up to six courses* if you have earned a master’s degree in a related field**, shortening you journey to a PhD.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • Professional Development Plan and Plan of Study
  • Foundation course: 3 cr.
  • Core courses: 67 cr.
  • Specialization: 20 cr.
  • Completion of Doctoral Capstone
    • Dissertation: (5 cr. Per term for a minimum of four terms; taken continuously until completion)
    • Completion of a beginning-of-quarter, mid-quarter, and end-of quarter plan for each term
  • Four Residencies

To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an enrollment advisor at 844-675-1175.

*PSYC 8252 Themes and Theories of Psychology, PSYC 8215 Lifespan Development, PSYC 8701 Culture and Psychology, RSCH 8110 Research Theory, Design, and Methods, RSCH 8210 Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis

**Related fields include psychology, human services, social work, and counseling.

Course Sequence – Educational Psychology Specialization

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code PSYC 8004 Course Foundations for Graduate Study in Psychology Credits (3 cr.)
Course Code PSYC 8252 Course Themes and Theories of Psychology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYC 8215 Course Lifespan Development Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYC 8701 Course Culture and Psychology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8110 Course Research Theory, Design, and Methods Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYC 8762 Course Teaching of Psychology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYC 8210 Course Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYC 8760 Course Educational Psychology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYC 8412 Course Research Foundations Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYC 8630 Course Theories of Learning and Motivation Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8360 Course Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYC 8214 Course Consulting for Organizational Change Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8260 Course Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYC 8316 Course Tests and Measurement Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYC 8315 Course Program Evaluation Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYC 8702 Course Dissertation Literature Review Lab Credits (2 cr.)
Course Code PSYC 8920 Course Practicum Research Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYC 8620 Course Adult Learning Theory and Application Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYC 8115 Course Writing a Quality Prospectus Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYC 9000 Course Dissertation Credits (5 credits per quarter for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion)

*Completing the program may require enrollment for additional terms and cost if the student petitions to extend the 8-year maximum time frame.

Doctoral Writing Assessment

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DRWA 8000 Course Doctoral Writing Assessment Credits (0 cr.)
Note: Time to completion and cost are not estimates of individual experience and will vary based on individual factors applicable to the student. Factors may be programmatic or academic, such as tuition and fee increases; transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; writing, research, and editing skills; use of external data for the doctoral study/dissertation; and individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations, caregiving responsibilities, or health issues; leaves of absence; or other personal circumstances.
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