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

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

Faculty Members Shannon Wanless and Christina Groark Write Chapter for New "Handbook of Social and Emotional Learning"

Published on 4/20/2015 6:00:00 AM

Assistant Professor Shannon Wanless and Associate Professor Christina Groark co-authored a chapter, titled Assessing Organizational Readiness, in the new Handbook of Social and Emotional Learning . The book will be available at AERA in April and then formally released in May through Guilford Press.... Read More...

Alexis Fisher Published in Pennsylvania Child and Adolescent Service System Program Newsletter

Published on 4/16/2015 4:15:00 PM

Alexis Fisher, a master's student in Applied Developmental Psychology , had an article published in the PA CASSP Newsletter , which is released statewide. PA CASSP, which stands for the Pennsylvania Child and Adolescent Service System Program, provides a comprehensive system of care for children, a... Read More...

Teaching Fellow Brian Leventhal Earns Summer Internship with the American Institute of CPAs

Published on 4/13/2015 3:19:00 PM

Brian Leventhal, a teaching fellow in the Department of Psychology in Education , has earned a summer internship with the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). Leventhal will work with the AICPA as part of its CPA (Certified Public Accountant) Examinations, which is the only licensed qualification in ... Read More...

School of Education Honors Alumni at 2015 Awards Reception

Published on 3/31/2015 6:00:00 AM

The School of Education celebrated the 2015 Alumni Awards this past Friday, March 27, at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association in Oakland. Awards for the school’s departments and also individual categories were presented at the reception. The winners and some information about their background is list... Read More...

Graduate Hedda Sharapan Named PNC Grow Up Great Senior Fellow by Fred Rodgers Center

Published on 3/30/2015 6:00:00 AM

Alumna Hedda Sharapan has been named by the Fred Rogers Center as a PNC Grow Up Great Senior Fellow for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College. As part of this fellowship, Sharapan will analyze audio recordings of conversations between Fred Rogers and the late Margaret McFarla... Read More...

Office of Child Development Gathers Faculty, Students, and Community Members for Think Tank Discussion

Published on 3/24/2015 4:00:00 PM

For its March Think Tank Tuesday session, the School of Education's Office of Child Development (OCD) hosted a panel discussion with break-out groups on the topic, "Practitioners, Policymakers, and Researchers: Differing Perspectives in the Field." The collaborative event between the Office of Chil... Read More...

ADP Undergraduate Student Danielle Peckman Featured in "The Jewish Chronicle"

Published on 3/19/2015 6:00:00 AM

Danielle Peckman, an Applied Developmental Psychology major, was featured in a recent article in The Jewish Chronicle for participating in Onward Israel , a program in Israel that includes internships, service learning, academic courses, and fellowships. Through Onward Israel’s collaboration with th... Read More...

Associate Professor Ming-Te Wang Honored with Early Career Research Award in Child Development

Published on 3/18/2015 6:00:00 AM

Associate Professor Ming-Te Wang is being honored this week by the Society for Research in Child Development ( SRCD ) with a 2015 Early Career Research Award , one of the most highly selective and prestigious research awards in the field. The awards ceremony will take place on Friday, March 20, at ... Read More...

Alumnus David Barkovich Featured in "Pittsburgh Tribune-Review"

Published on 3/12/2015 6:00:00 AM

Alumnus David Barkovich was included in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's "Newsmaker" section. Barkovich, who graduated with both his master's degree in Applied Developmental Psychology and PhD in School Leadership from the School of Education, is currently head of school counseling and dean of stude... Read More...

School of Education Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as 17th Among Public Education Graduate Schools

Published on 3/11/2015 6:00:00 AM

In newly released statistics from U.S. News & World Report , the School of Education was named as no. 17 among public universities and no. 27 overall in its 2016 Best Education Schools guidebook for graduate schools of education. The U.S. News & World Report ranking is calculated from a combination... Read More...
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