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Educational Psychology PhD

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PhD in Educational Psychology

In today’s challenging educational environment, organizations need highly effective professionals equipped to make a positive impact on student outcomes.

For the winter 2020-2021 term, PCOM's School of Professional and Applied Psychology plans to utilize a mostly virtual model of course delivery with extremely limited face-to-face single class experiences in some programs. Please read an important message from Dean Robert A. DiTomasso, PhD, ABPP for additional information regarding course delivery plans for the upcoming semester.


Our goal at PCOM is to provide advanced training for school psychologists, educators, social workers and other individuals who have completed a master’s degree, have obtained professional certification, and are seeking additional skills and expanded career opportunities.

As a student in the Doctor of Philosophy program (PhD) in Educational Psychology at PCOM, you will:

  • gain further understanding of the educational and psychological processes involved in learning.
  • apply human development and learning theories in order to inform instructional procedures.
  • study the social, emotional, and cognitive processes that constitute learning and how these processes contribute to student success.


About Our Program

The PhD program is designed to be completed in three years of full-time study, although students may choose to pursue a degree on a part-time basis, typically not beyond five years. Because the program is geared toward working professionals, the majority of classes are offered in the late afternoon and early evening, some of which begin at 4 p.m.

While there is no formal practicum or internship associated with this program and graduates are not eligible to sit for licensure as psychologists, the hours of the program and the flexibility allow students to continue to work making this program a great fit for many.


Application Process and Requirements

Applications to the Doctor of Philosophy program (PhD) in Educational Psychology will be considered throughout the year. Visit our application requirements page to learn about course prerequisites, program requirements, the application process and more.

Career Options

Since most colleges and universities require professors and instructors to have a doctoral degree, graduates of our PhD program may choose to pursue careers teaching in a higher education setting.

Graduates will be better prepared to assume leadership roles within educational systems such as serving on school boards, higher education commissions and departments of education.

Contact Us

For more information regarding the Educational Psychology (PhD) program, please contact program coordinator Katie Garson via email at or by phone at 215-871-6463.