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

School of Education Hosting 2014 National Teacher of the Year and Alumnus Sean McComb for Presentation

Published on 1/13/2015 6:00:00 AM

The Pitt Alumni Association and the School of Education are happy to announce that alumnus and 2014 National Teacher of the Year, Sean McComb will be returning to campus on Monday, February 2 to present, “Sparking Hope – Teaching as a Catalyst to Launching Great Learning.” McComb is a 9-12th grade E... Read More...

Associate Professor Ming-Te Wang Publishes First Issue of Newsletter for Developmental and Motivation Research Lab

Published on 1/6/2015 6:00:00 AM

Associate Professor Ming-Te Wang has released the inaugural issue of his Developmental and Motivation Research Laboratory's newsletter , with a goal of "informing our readers of the numerous studies and events taking place at the lab and spread knowledge and interest in topics related to developmen... Read More...

CGSE Call for Proposals for Spring Colloquium

Published on 12/17/2014 6:00:00 AM

What are you working on? Share your research and projects with other graduate students. The CGSE Conference Committee is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the Spring 2015 Research Colloquium. This forum for education research will be held at The University of Pittsburgh on Thursday, March... Read More...

Associate Professor Ming-Te Wang Assesses that Parental Involvement Still Essential in Secondary School

Published on 11/21/2014 6:00:00 AM

[Press release published on behalf of University News .] Although students become more independent as they rise through grade levels and parent-teacher interactions typically lessen as students age, parental involvement in a child’s education during the secondary school years plays an essential rol... Read More...

CUE Offering Post Geneva Gay Lecture Discussion on Improving Education in Pittsburgh

Published on 10/22/2014 6:00:00 AM


Alumnus Stephen Bagnato Named Penn State Alumni Fellow

Published on 10/15/2014 6:00:00 AM

[Press release published on behalf of the Penn State College of Education.] Alumnus Stephen J. Bagnato, Jr. was among 21 Penn State alumni who were honored recently for their outstanding professional accomplishments and given the lifelong title of Alumni Fellow, the highest award given by the Penn S... Read More...

School of Education Celebrates Homecoming on October 24

Published on 10/1/2014 6:00:00 AM

The School of Education invites its alumni to attend the school’s homecoming weekend reception for an evening of reconnecting with fellow alumni and friends. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served before the fireworks and laser show, which is part of the University of Pittsburgh’s Homecomin... Read More...

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...

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...
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