For more information on these programs, contact Dr. Steve Thoma.
The Educational Psychology Program is designed to provide exemplary graduate training in research, application, and practice related to learning, development, and mental health of people of all ages. The program specifically trains graduate students in Educational Psychology degree programs. The program also serves undergraduate and graduate students and faculty throughout the College of Education and other colleges by providing courses and other kinds of support.
Degree programs in educational psychology focus on theory and research related to learners, learning and developmental processes, teaching, and application of these to educational practice. Students participate in courses, seminars, and field experiences in learning, instruction, cognition, human development, motivational factors, social and cultural bases of behavior, biological factors, educational research, educational foundations, and other areas. Students are required to participate in extensive field-based and research experiences.
Consistent with the knowledge base of the College of Education at The University of Alabama, the Educational Psychology Program aims to enhance the capacity of graduate students in educational psychology to be reflective decision makers who are committed to and capable of facilitating learning, development, and mental health for people of all ages. Graduate training in the Educational Psychology Program is founded in respect for the dignity and worth of all people, with a commitment to understanding and responding to human diversity.