PhD Educational Psychology

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The PhD in Educational Psychology is directed towards increasing the candidate's competence in educational inquiry. In general, the domain of inquiry encompasses human learning and development in the context of education.

Courses are offered in the areas of statistics, measurement, evaluation and research methodology; and human learning, cognition, and development. The program prepares individuals to conduct basic and applied research and evaluation in public and private educational settings and provide instruction and consultation appropriate for all educational levels, especially higher education.

The PhD program provides rigorous knowledge and expertise in these areas with two specializations, 1) Learning and Development; and 2) Measurement, Statistics, and Evaluation (MSE).

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Handbook/Instructions EDEP Student Handbook Last Updated
May 2018

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Evening courses at UH Mānoa.


Core Courses

All doctoral students will be required to take the courses listed below. There are 33 credits required for these core courses. Students will need to receive a grade of no lower than B (B- will not be acceptable) in each of these courses.

Introductory Courses

  • EDEP 611 Introduction to Educational Psychology
  • EDEP 608 Introduction to Educational Research

Learning and Development

  • EDEP 661 Development and Learning
  • EDEP 662 Social Context of Learning
  • EDEP 663 Models of Cognitive Learning 
  • EDEP 768B or EDEP 768C Seminar in Educational Psychology

Measurement, Statistics, and Evaluation

  • EDEP 604 Applied Regression and Analysis of Variance
  • EDEP 616 Measurement in Education and Social Sciences
  • Two of the following advanced quantitative courses:
    • EDEP 602 Survey Research Design
    • EDEP 606 Multivariate Methods
    • EDEP 612 Multilevel Modeling
    • EDEP 618 Categorical Data Analysis 
    • EDEP 625 Structural Equation Modeling
    • EDEP 626 Advanced Psychometrics 
    • EDEP 657 Intro to Program Evaluation
    • EDEP 768D, EDEP 768E, EDEP 768G Seminar in Educational Psychology

(Prerequisite of EDEP 601, PSY 610, EDEA 629, or an introductory statistics course at Master's level for MSE courses)

Qualitative Research Methods (one course)

  • EDEP 613 Qualitative Research Methods in Education (Cross-listed as EDEA 604) or
  • EDCS 632 Qualitative Research Methods or
  • EDEP 768H Seminar in Educational Psychology or Equivalent

Additional Degree Requirements

Cognate Area for Specialization

Nine credits of graduate course work in cognate area (interdisciplinary specialization in learning and development OR measurement, statistics, and evaluation) consisting of 3 courses designed to enhance the student's knowledge for his/her dissertation. Courses cross-listed with our department do not fulfill this requirement. 

College Teaching Experience

College teaching experience in conjunction with one or more faculty members as a teaching assistant, co-teaching, or independently.

Documentation of Directed Research Experiences

Contact individual faculty member for directed research experiences (EDEP 699).


Minimum Residency of three semesters of full-time work or the equivalent in credits at UH Mānoa.


The culminating requirement is a dissertation, an original educational inquiry resulting in a product that informs educational practice. The dissertation presents research conducted by the student under the supervision of the dissertation committee chair.  The final defense of the dissertation is an oral examination open to the public, during which the author demonstrates to his or her committee satisfactory command of all aspects of the work presented and other related subjects, if applicable.

Completing the PhD Degree

For more information regarding degree requirements beyond core courses and completion of the degree please see the EDEP Student Handbook on the Forms and Documents tab.

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