Educational Psychology PhD Programs California

Educational Psychology PhD

Equip Yourself for a Career in Higher Education or Scholarly Research

Multiple career options are available to you when you earn a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology from the University of California, Riverside. Graduates of the program become university teachers and educational researchers. In addition, many take positions with government agencies and private industry. The PhD program has an excellent track record of graduates finding career positions in their chosen field

UC’s Riverside campus in inland Southern California is ideally located for students to conduct research among the dynamic and ethnically diverse K-12 student populations in the region. As a PhD student, you will collaborate with professors and other doctoral students on multi-million dollar, grant-funded research projects designed to enhance learning and the educational experience for students not only throughout California, but nationwide.

The UCR Graduate School of Education is the only school in the UC system to offer Educational Psychology master’s and doctoral programs. As a full-time PhD student, you can typically complete the program within 3 ½ years. Because of the importance of the research to public and private funding organizations, there are opportunities for full-time doctoral students to have PhD studies completely funded by grants and fellowships.

Highlights of the Educational Psychology PhD

  • Study as part of a small cohort of PhD students that form an apprentice-style relationship with professors who are renowned experts in the field of Educational Psychology.
  • Gain both substantive knowledge and methodological skills in the area of Educational Psychology through required courses, research internships, teaching opportunities, and both oral and written examinations.
  • Write and defend your doctoral dissertation, the culmination of everything you’ve learned through the Educational Psychology PhD program.
  • Choose from two specializations to fit your career aspirations: Cognition, Motivation, and Student Learning, which is focused on developmental and learning processes or Quantitative Methods, which trains graduate student to critically examine educational data, develop statistical analyses, design data collection plans, and create instruments targeted to illuminating research questions.
  • Participate in a doctoral program that is part of a Graduate School of Education that U.S. News and World Report ranks among the best in California.
  • Develop exceptional research skills while working on multi-million dollar funded research projects.
  • Check out Fellowship opportunities that may be available through this PhD program.

Career Prospects for University Professors

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates 19 percent growth in new positions for post secondary faculty between 2012 and 2022. That’s a much higher growth rate than the average across all occupations and equates to about 1,267,700 new jobs. The median annual pay for post secondary educators is $68,970 nationwide, but can be considerably higher in certain areas of the country.

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Alumni Testimonials

“I started the Educational Psychology doctoral program to learn how quantitative methods could address important research questions. While in the program, I became inspired to learn about other areas such as education policy and qualitative methods thanks to the supportive faculty who genuinely care about their students' success and growth.” -Milagros Kudo