Human Development, Culture and Learning Sciences

Doctoral Program

Department of Educational Psychology

Human Development, Culture, & Learning Sciences (HDCLS), as a core academic area of specialization, represents the scientific and theoretical bases for research and practice within the field of Educational Psychology.

HDCLS doctoral students are required to complete:

  1. EDP Foundation courses,
  2. HDCLS Program courses,
  3. Out-of-Specialization courses, and
  4. Qualifying Process and Dissertation coursework.

Student coursework may vary depending on prior graduate coursework and waivers. Required courses are designed to meet relevant APA and licensure requirements. All required courses must be completed with a grade of at least B-. 

Please note required coursework may vary from year to year. Current students should always defer to their Program of Work for course requirements and consult with their faculty advisor / Graduate Advisor for any needed clarifications.

Note: the first digit in a Course Number denotes the number of credit hours of the course. Example: EDP 480C Correlation & Regression Methods = 4 credit hours.

Program Overview

Human Development and Culture Concentration

Learning Sciences Concentration

EDP Foundation Courses (26 credit hours)

HDCLS Program Courses (21 hours)

Out-of-Specialization Courses (9 hours)

Qualifying Process & Dissertation (12+ hours)

HDCLS Predoctoral Project

En-Route Masters

Doctoral Portfolio Programs (Optional)


At a Glance

Program Starts: Fall, Summer

Deadline to Apply: December 1

Credit Hours Required: 68

Schedule: Full-time enrollment required until admitted to candidacy

Program Location: On Campus

GRE Required? No

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Area Chair
Veronica Yan

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