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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“I’m proud of the work the Applied Developmental Psychology program does in the field of pre-school education to improve quality and narrow the achievement gaps that occur when kids get to kindergarten.”
– Heather Bachman

Psychology in Education

Programs within the Department of Psychology in Education (PSYED) prepare graduates for professional careers in teaching, research, and professional practice. Master's and doctoral studies are offered in Applied Developmental Psychology and in Research Methodology. Graduates receiving doctoral degrees serve in academic and research capacities in universities, government agencies, public and private research and testing centers. Master's study in Research Methodology prepares personnel for positions in testing and research. Master's study in Applied Developmental Psychology prepares students for roles as program administrators and child development specialists. The department offers a bachelor's degree with a major in Applied Developmental Psychology.

While students are encouraged to pursue graduate study on a full-time basis, the programs offered in Psychology in Education are designed to accommodate the needs of part-time students. The faculty is ready to assist students in formulating an educational plan designed to help them realize their professional aspirations.

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

Office of Child Development to Receive $1.5 Million from Federal Grant

Published on 9/8/2014 6:00:00 AM

The School of Education's Office of Child Development (OCD) is receiving $1.5 million as part of helping bring a larger grant to Allegheny County and Pennsylvania over the next five years. The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services notified th... Read More...

The School of Education Holding Open House on November 15

Published on 8/27/2014 6:00:00 AM

Are you considering graduate studies at Pitt's School of Education? Come spend the morning with faculty, staff, and current students and hear about your program of interest and the application, admissions, and financial aid processes. The open house is on Saturday, November 15 at 10:00 a.m., followe... Read More...

Christina Groark and Shannon Wanless Asked by Mayor's Office to Take Part in Pittsburgh Community Forum on Early Childhood Education

Published on 8/27/2014 6:00:00 AM

Associate Professor Chris Groark and Assistant Professor Shannon Wanless were asked by Mayor William Peduto's office to take part in the City of Pittsburgh Community Forum on Early Childhood Education on August 13 and 14. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan attended the first day's event as wel... Read More...

School of Education Receives $3 Million from Alumni to Establish Dean’s Chair

Published on 7/8/2014 6:00:00 AM

The University of Pittsburgh has received a $3 million gift from alumni Renée K. Goldman and Richard M. Goldman to establish the Renée and Richard Goldman Dean’s Chair in the School of Education. The gift has established an endowment that will be used by the University to support the salary, profes... Read More...

Clinical Assistant Professor Anna Arlotta-Guerrero Selected for National Academies Committee

Published on 5/27/2014 6:00:00 AM

Anna Arlotta-Guerrero, a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychology in Education, was recently selected to be on a committee for the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies. Specifically, her responsibility will be participating in the committee on The Science of Chil... Read More...

Undergraduate Students Present for First Time at 2014 STAR-Center Conference on Flight 93 Memorial

Published on 5/20/2014 6:00:00 AM

A group of undergraduate students--four of whom are from the School of Education--led by ADMPS Department Chair and Professor Mary Margaret Kerr, presented at the 2014-STAR Center Conference at the William Pitt Union last week. This is the first time that undergraduates presented at the conference, ... Read More...

Alumna Nancy Smith Honored as "Person of The Year" in Treatment Category by the PA Council on Compulsive Gambling

Published on 5/13/2014 10:43:00 AM

Nancy Smith, a School of Education PhD graduate in rehabilitation psychology, was awarded as "Person of The Year" in the treatment category for the Western PA area by the the Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania. The award was given at the PA West State Gambling Conference in Pittsburgh. S... Read More...

The Q&A: Alumnus Sean McComb Walks Through the "Door of Opportunity" and Pulls Others Through--On Way to Being Named Teacher of the Year

Published on 4/30/2014 6:00:00 AM

Out of more than three million teachers in the United States, Sean McComb was named as National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief State School Officers’ (CCSSO) on Wednesday, April 30. A 2007 alumnus of the School of Education, McComb, who is 30 years old, currently works as a high school... Read More...

PhD Student Ting Zu Wins AERA Division D Research Gala Award

Published on 4/21/2014 6:00:00 AM

Ting Xu, a doctoral student in the Psychology in Education Department, won second place in the AERA Division D In-Progress Research Gala, and was recognized at the 2014 AERA annual luncheon and business meeting. This annual event allows graduate students to share their research in progress (but not ... Read More...

Christina Groark and Robert McCall Edit a Special Issue of "Infant Mental Health Journal"

Published on 4/18/2014 6:00:00 AM

Christina Groark, an associate professor at the School of Education, and Robert McCall, a professor of psychology, along with Niels Rygaard, edited a special issue of the Infant Mental Health Journal that was published this month. Groark and McCall, who are also co-directors of the Pitt Office of Ch... Read More...
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