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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

Alumnus Timothy Wagner Named as Upper St. Clair Associate Principal

Published on 6/15/2015 6:00:00 AM

Timothy M. Wagner, a PhD graduate from the Administrative and Policy Studies Department, was voted unanimously by members of the Upper St. Clair Board of School Directors as associate high school principal for program planning and innovation, effective July 1. Currently serving as the middle school... 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...

Instructor Michelle Figlar Announced as Deputy Secretary of the Office of Child Development & Early Learning

Published on 5/21/2015 6:00:00 AM

Michelle Figlar, who teaches in the School of Education Applied Developmental Psychology ( ADP ) program as an adjunct instructor, was appointed as deputy secretary to the Office of Child Development and Early Learning. Figlar will begin her role on June 10, 2015, with the goal of increasing and im... Read More...

Graduate Michael Ghilani Named New Montour Superintendent

Published on 5/19/2015 6:00:00 AM

Michael Ghilani, who earned his master's degree from the School of Education, was named the new superintendent of Montour School District. Ghilani, who joined the district in January, will continue in his current role of deputy superintendent until July 1 when he begins his role as superintendent. ... Read More...

PhD Student Ya Zhang Wins AERA In-Progress Research Award

Published on 5/13/2015 6:00:00 AM

Ya Zhang, a PhD student in Research Methodology , won a 2015 AERA Division D In-Progress Research Award for her research study, "Impact of Form and Group Differences on Equating Accuracy of Linear and Nonlinear Equating Methods." Read More...

Professor Clement Stone Writes New Book on Analysis of Item Response Theory Models Using SAS

Published on 5/11/2015 6:00:00 AM

Clement Stone, a professor of research methods in the Department of Psychology in Education, has written a new book that was published in March 2015. The book, which was co-written by Xiaowen Zhu, is titled, Bayesian Analysis of Item Response Theory Models Using SAS . The book was written for psych... Read More...

School of Education Signs Agreement with Beijing Normal University to Create New Programs

Published on 5/1/2015 6:00:00 AM

Sharon Lesgold, Li Rui, Qing Xia, and Alan Lesgold The School of Education has signed a memorandum of understanding with Beijing Normal University (BNU), which will provide a platform for joint projects and a "hope that faculty in both institutions will pursue future collaborations," according to R... Read More...

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...
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