Ph.D. - Education and Psychology
CPEP is an interdisciplinary doctoral program focused on psychological science and problems of education. Students and faculty combine their interests in both psychology and education to understand issues in development, learning, and motivation in the context of schools, families, and communities. The program only offers the Ph.D. degree and is for full-time students only, not part-time students. Since the program is an independent, interdisciplinary unit under the auspices of the Rackham School of Graduate Studies, students have a unique opportunity to work with faculty members in both the Department of Psychology and the School of Education as well as the many other research institutes at Michigan such as the Institute for Social Research and the Center for Human Growth and Development. The program follows an apprenticeship model of graduate training and mentoring where students work closely with one or two advisors to develop their scholarly interests and research capabilities. Students are required to be actively involved in their faculty mentor’s program of research from the very first semester of graduate school until they complete their degree. In addition, students take a sequence of courses in both psychology and education in their first two years of the program. There are three general groups of required courses, psychology, education, and methodology courses. Psychology courses include core courses selected by the student from developmental, social, cognitive, personality and organizational psychology areas. Education courses include educational psychology courses in cognition, learning, motivation, instruction, human development, and the social psychology of education. Methodology courses include specialized training in statistics as well as other quantitative or qualitative methods courses. In addition, all students are required to have experience teaching at the undergraduate level during their doctoral program.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
High competency in speaking and writing English. The TOEFL or other approved tests of competency in English is required. A waiver may be requested for those applicants who have completed a degree in an accredited US institution or from an international accredited institution where the language of instruction is primarily done in English. International applicants from English speaking countries are not required to take the TOEFL.