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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
EMAIL: psyed@pitt.edu

Latest News

Doctoral Student Jennifer Briggs Receives 2015 Graduate Student Award in SEL Research from AERA Group

Published on 3/4/2015 6:00:00 AM

Jennifer Briggs, a doctoral student in Applied Developmental Psychology (ADP) , received the 2015 Graduate Student Award for Excellence in SEL Research from the AERA Social-Emotional Learning Special Interest Group ( SIG ). Briggs will be formally awarded at the AERA SEL SIG Business Meeting, during... Read More...

School of Education Graduation - Save the Date

Published on 3/2/2015 10:36:00 AM

In preparation of 2015 spring graduation, the School of Education would like to share important information for both the University of Pittsburgh's Commencement and the School of Education's Spring Graduation Celebration. Pitt School of Education Spring Graduation Celebration: The University of Pitt... Read More...

Early Childhood Program "Freddy Ready" Featured in the National League of Cities

Published on 2/27/2015 9:30:00 AM

Ready Freddy : Pathways to Kindergarten Success, an early education program through the Office of Child Development (OCD), was featured in a recent article in the National League of Cities (NLC). OCD, which is part of a School of Education partnership, is dedicated to improving the lives of childre... Read More...

Center for Urban Education Presents Speaker Series with Shaun Harper on March 19

Published on 2/23/2015 6:00:00 AM

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Call for Graduate Student Proposals for CGSE Spring Research Colloquium

Published on 2/10/2015 6:00:00 AM

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 27. The Colloquium provides an excellent opportunity to gain presentation experience an... Read More...

Center for Urban Education Hosting Spring 2015 Brown Bag Discussions in January, February, and March

Published on 2/9/2015 9:43:00 AM

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Graduate Ellen Roth Publishes Debut Novella, "Ten Fingers Touching"

Published on 1/30/2015 10:01:00 AM

Ellen Roth, a doctoral graduate of the School of Education, recently wrote her first novella, titled Ten Fingers Touching . Published by Getting to the Point, Inc., it is an illustrated fairly tale for adults, which pits "Good against Evil along with the story of a young woodsman named Martak, Mast... 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...
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