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Overview

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.

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.

Program Coordinator:  Dr. David Walker 

Programs

FAQs

Financial Support

Financial aid is assistance made available to students to help pay for their college education. Intended to allow students a choice of colleges and to enable them to complete their programs of study, financial aid may consist of scholarships, grants, loans and/or jobs. The federal and state governments, educational institutions, businesses, civic clubs, and individuals sponsor various financial aid programs.

Student Financial Aid at The University of Alabama provides counseling and information to students and parents at all income levels. The office is located in 106 Student Services Center. For more information, call 205-348-6756 or visit financialaid.ua.edu.

Teaching / Research Assistantships

Teaching and research assistantships are primarily available to doctorate students. Students interested in an assistantship should contact individual faculty members. Admitted students will also be able to apply online for an assistantship the summer prior to the start of the Fall semester.

Can I get a Teaching Assistant or Research Assistant appointment during my first year as a graduate student?  It depends on the quota. Our continuing students already fill most of the Educational Psychology GTA or GRA positions for the coming academic year.

How and when will I know if I have received financial assistance from the Department or from The University?  Fellowship nomination deadlines vary and it is difficult to specify a notification date. The Fellowship Committee begins deliberations early in January and will continue until all available fellowships have been awarded. Recipients will be notified by official e-mail from either the Office of Graduate Studies or from the Department of Educational Psychology.

The department will notify students about other financial opportunities during the semester, such as summer stipends.

Application Procedures

Are the application deadlines different for international students? No. The application deadlines are the same for everyone.

Are there separate application instructions for international students?  No. Both U.S. and international applicants should follow the same application instructions on our website. The only difference is that international students are required to submit valid TOEFL scores in addition to all of the other required materials (TOEFL scores are only valid for two years).

I am taking the GRE very close to the application deadline date. Will my scores make it to the department by the deadline?  It takes approximately 10-15 days for official GRE test results to be received by UA. UA Graduate Admissions will not be able to complete their review of your application materials without the GRE scores. After Graduate Admissions receives the scores, they will refer your application to the department for consideration. This can take an additional few days. These delays will cause your application to be delayed in being reviewed by your program or area of interest.

Others

Is a teaching certificate required for admission into the program? A teaching certificate is not required, however we strongly recommend experiences working with children, youth, and families in educational, community, or clinical settings.

Do I need to have a graduate degree (M.A. or Ed.S.) to apply to the Ph.D. program?   No. In fact, the majority of students who have enrolled in the past few years have entered with only a bachelor’s degree. If you enter with a masters degree, you may be able to waive selected courses.

Faculty

Dr. Anthony Derriso

Clinical Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology
acderriso@ua.edu
309 Carmichael
205-348-1183

Dr. Hyemin Han

Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology/Neuroscience
hyemin.han@ua.edu
205-348-0746

Educational Neuroscience
Positive Psychology
Moral Psychology

Dr. Laura Morett

Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology/Neuroscience
lmorett@ua.edu
205-348-8489

Educational neuroscience
Gesture studies
Language learning/processing

Dr. Firat Soylu

Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology/Neuroscience
fsoylu@ua.edu

Numerical Cognition
Cognitive/Educational Neuroscience
STEM Learning
website

Dr. Stephen Thoma

Professor Emeritus, Educational Psychology/Neuroscience
sthoma@ua.edu

Dr. David Ian Walker

Associate Professor, Educational Psychology
diwalker@ua.edu

Moral/Character Development
Interdisciplinary Research
Military/Ex-Military Populations

Staff

Suzanne Gibson

Faculty Support
swgibson3@ua.edu
306D Carmichael
205-348-5174

Michelle Harris

Student Support
mlharris11@ua.edu
306 Carmichael
205-348-1191

Darlene Hicks

BCE/BEP Support
dcapps@ua.edu
315 Graves
205-348-8362