University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Psychology in Education

Psychology in Education programs are designed to meet the needs of graduate students looking to serve in academic and research capacities.

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Psychology in Education

Much like the left and right halves of the brain, the Department of Psychology in Education (PSYED) focuses on the vital and interdependent connection between research and practice by offering students two program tracks with various degree options: one in Applied Developmental Psychology (more practice based) and Research Methodology (more research based).

Applied Developmental Psychology helps students gain the expertise for recognizing how the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs directly correspond with the progression of children, youth, and their families. Through the bachelor of science (BS) degree, ADP prepares students for graduate school in such fields as education, psychology, and social work. The master's degree (MS) prepares students for roles as program administrators and child development specialists. The doctoral degree (PhD) program prepares students for academic, policy, and research positions in universities, public and private research organizations, and government agencies.

Meanwhile, the Research Methodology program trains professionals in the areas of measurement, research design, and statistical methods. Students in this high-demand field learn that to effectively answer a research question depends on the measurement and statistical procedure quality, and knowledge of how to interpret the results. The master's degree (MEd) prepares personnel for positions in testing and research. Graduates receiving a doctoral degree (PhD) serve in academic and research capacities in universities, government agencies, public and private research, and testing centers.   

Department Contact

University of Pittsburgh
School of Education
Department of Psychology in Education
5930 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
PHONE: (412) 624-7230
FAX: (412) 624-7231

Latest News

Department Chair Suzanne Lane Co-Edits "Handbook of Test Development"

Published on 8/24/2015 6:00:00 AM

Psychology in Education Department Chair and Professor Suzanne Lane co-edited the book Handbook of Test Development . Published by Routledge and co-edited by Mark Raymond and Thomas Haladyna, the book will be released on September 25, 2015. The second edition of the Handbook of Test Development pro... Read More...

Institute for International Studies in Education and Collaborative for Evaluation and Assessment Capacity Cohosting Opening Reception on September 9

Published on 8/19/2015 6:00:00 AM


Assistant Professor Shannon Wanless Co-Edited Double Issue of "Early Education and Development" Journal

Published on 8/13/2015 6:00:00 AM

Shannon Wanless, an assistant professor in the Applied Developmental Psychology program, co-edited a newly published double issue of the Early Education and Development journal, with Professor Megan McClelland from Oregon State University. The focus of both issues is self-regulation across differen... Read More...

School of Education Dean Alan Lesgold Announces Retirement

Published on 7/31/2015 6:00:00 AM

[Press release published on behalf of University of Pittsburgh News Services.] Alan Lesgold, dean of the School of Education and a member of the University of Pittsburgh’s Council of Deans since 2000, will step down as dean in August 2016. Under Lesgold’s leadership, the School of Education has emb... Read More...

Alexis Contreras - Fostering the Behavioral Development of Youth

Published on 7/30/2015 6:00:00 AM

Name: Alexis Contreras Degree Program: Master of Science (MS) in Applied Developmental Psychology (ADP) ADP Track: 1.) Child and Youth Work and 2.) Behavioral Health in Schools and Communities Alexis Contreras, who graduated from the Applied Developmental Psychology (ADP) master’s degree program in... Read More...

Assistant Professor Shannon Wanless Publishes New Study on Successful Implementation of Social-Emotional Programs and Coedits "Prevention Research"

Published on 7/27/2015 6:00:00 AM

[Press release published on behalf of University of Pittsburgh News Services.] Teachers with strong social-emotional skills tend to implement new social-emotional intervention programs more faithfully, according to a study conducted by a University of Pittsburgh education professor published in the... Read More...

Assistant Professor Shannon Wanless is a Principal Investigator on $3 Million National Science Foundation Grant

Published on 7/20/2015 6:00:00 AM

Assistant Professor Shannon Wanless was part of a $3 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to study the role of psychological safety in teaching math and science to preschoolers. The project, entitled "Peg + Cat: Developing Preschoolers' Early Math Skills," was awarded to the Fred Rogers ... Read More...

Cooperative Undergraduate Program Between University of Pittsburgh and Beijing Normal University from China

Published on 7/13/2015 6:00:00 AM

The University of Pittsburgh School of Education and the School of Continuing Education and Teacher Training of Beijing Normal University (BNU) are now offering a program to help Chinese students prepare for undergraduate study in the United States. The program focuses on selecting top Chinese high... Read More...

Alexandria Grant - Managing Emotional and Behavioral Health for Children

Published on 7/9/2015 6:00:00 AM

Name: Alexandria Grant Degree Program: Master of Science (MS) in Applied Developmental Psychology (ADP) ADP Track: Behavioral Health in Schools and Communities While an undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh, Alexandria Grant was offered the opportunity to be a student worker at The Children... Read More...

Undergraduate Student Nancy Mangels Named a Fulbright Scholar

Published on 5/22/2015 6:00:00 AM

Nancy Mangels, an undergraduate student in the Psychology in Education Department, received a scholarship via the Fulbright Scholar Program , and will begin her studies in Malaysia in January 2016, where she will work as an English teaching assistant. Mangels also has been an undergraduate assistan... Read More...
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