University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Psychology in Education

Psychology in education program designed the meet the needs of graduate students looking
to serve in academic and research capacities.

Apply Now

“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 Honors Alumni at Annual Awards Ceremony

Published on 4/11/2014 11:42:00 AM

Pictured from left to right: (back row) Sean McComb, Dean Alan Lesgold, Robert Robertson, Brent Johnson, Joshua “JC” Childs; (middle row) Katie Clark Patterson, Miray Tekkumru Kisa, Francesca Amati, Cynthia Reed, R. Rudy Filek; (front) Ellen Falk Hirsch. Not pictured: Antoinette Y. Farmer. The Scho... Read More...

Fellow Jasmine Williams Wins AERA Division E Seed Grant Competition

Published on 4/9/2014 6:00:00 AM

School of Education Fellow Jasmine Williams won a Division E seed grant during the annual American Educational Research Association (AERA) meeting in April. Her study is going to use MET data to investigate how the racial composition of a classroom may influence teacher-student intersubjectivity; bo... Read More...

Applied Developmental Psychology Students Welcome 6th Graders from McKeesport

Published on 4/7/2014 6:00:00 AM

On March 28 and April 4, the applied developmental psychology (ADP) undergraduates welcomed six buses of McKeesport Area School students from the 6th grade academy to the School of Education. The ADP students first met with small groups of McKeesport students answering their questions about going t... Read More...

Department of Psychology Day of Diversity on April 21

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

The Department of Psychology's Diversity Committee would like to invite faculty, staff, and students to a day of diversity in the classroom and research! They will be hosting a series of events from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm on Monday, April 21 in the Martin Room (4127 Sennott Square). University of Pitts... Read More...

RSVP for Upcoming School of Education Graduation by April 21

Published on 4/3/2014 6:00:00 AM

The School of Education will be holding its 2014 Graduation Recognition Ceremony and Reception on Sunday, April 27, 2014. All graduates who attend will be individually recognized by name at the ceremony, which promptly begins at 9:00 a.m. Students should arrive at the Fitzgerald Field House, Allequi... Read More...

Sign Up Now for Statistics Workshop in Summer 2014

Published on 3/19/2014 2:23:00 PM

The research methodology program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education will offer a variety of workshops in summer 2014. All workshops will be held in a computer lab at the university and consist of lecture and discussion with a focus on practical applications and hands-on use of stati... Read More...

Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg to Serve as Pitt 2014 Commencement Speaker

Published on 3/17/2014 6:00:00 AM

[Press release published on behalf of the University News.] University of Pittsburgh Chancellor and Distinguished Service Professor of Law Mark A. Nordenberg will serve as the featured speaker at the University’s 2014 commencement ceremony, according to Board of Trustees Chairperson Stephen R. Tritc... Read More...

Assistant Professor Shannon Wanless Creates New Discussion Board with Harvard Family Research Project

Published on 3/3/2014 6:00:00 AM

Assistant Professor Shannon Wanless, who runs the SEED Lab at the School of Education, is working with the Harvard Family Research Project on a newly created online discussion board. The board is titled, Let's Talk Transition! Family Engagement During the Transition to School , and was officially l... Read More...

Cara Bliss - Making Sure Teachers are Ready to Teach

Published on 2/28/2014 6:00:00 AM

Cara Bliss, a doctoral student in the applied developmental psychology program , recently presented at the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) 2014 Annual Convention in Washington, DC. NASP, which "empowers school psychologists by advancing effective practices to improve students’ l... Read More...

Joseph Pieri - Improving Social and Emotional Learning in Schools

Published on 12/6/2013 3:27:00 PM

Joseph W. Pieri, a doctoral student in the applied developmental psychology (ADP) program, has 13 years of work experience in education. Most recently he worked as an assistant dean in the Office of Undergraduate Studies at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Before moving to higher educa... Read More...
Page:   of 5