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Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology & Special Education

EPET Professor Kui Xie became the CEPSE department chair in 2023.
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Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology

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A Unique & Rich Combination in an Ed Psych and Ed Tech Doctoral Program

The nationally ranked Educational Psychology and Educational Technology (EPET) doctoral program produces scholars and leaders in the study of human learning and development and/or in the design and study of diverse technologies supporting learning and teaching. It emphasizes rigorous scholarship and diverse analytical perspectives on learning, development and technology embedded in culture and society.

The program prepares graduates to pursue careers in university research and teaching, research on and development of educational technologies and leadership roles in school systems and the private sector.


The EPET doctoral program welcomes applicants from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds, educational and technological experiences, and social, economic, and cultural backgrounds. We enact our commitment to sustaining a community that is inclusive, and diverse through ongoing engagement in equity-focused learning and program reform, and systems for student representation and community accountability.

The flexibility of the EPET program allowed me to explore extant research in a variety of areas, which allowed me to bring multiple forms of expertise to project work and proposal development.

—Katie Rich (2021) Senior Researcher, American Institutes for Research

I always thought that the faculty were invested in my growth and development, were themselves intellectually curious, held us to high standards, and helped us to meet those standards.

—Amy Chapman (2019) Director, Teachers College, Columbia University

Students develop expertise in Ed Psych, Ed Tech, or the intersection of these emphasis areas


Investigate human learning, motivation, and development in schools, workplaces, communities and homes. Understand and improve educational practice. Students can base their inquiry in specific domains (e.g., mathematics, literacy, science) or age groups (e.g., adolescents, adults). In 2024, MSU was named #4 in the nation for educational psychology.


Investigate and improve the use of technologies to support learning and teaching. Engage in research and development on the pedagogy, policy and design of media and technologies in support of learning in formal environments (e.g. face-to-face, online classes) and in informal settings (e.g. homes, after-school programs).

In EPET, especially with the mentorship of my co-advisors, I learned how to think and how to write. During my time in EPET, I was supported in exploring a wide range of research interests, methodologies, and tools for data analysis. I use these skills in research design and alignment every day as an assistant professor.

— Bret Staudt Willet (2021) Faculty, Florida State University. Recently awarded a Sloan Foundation Grant, “Programming Language: How Descriptions of Graduate Programs Affect Student Outcomes at MSIs”

My time in EPET gave me the research skills, broader career skills, and networks that made it possible for me to get this job and thrive in it. In addition to the excellent mentorship I got from my advisor, committee, and lab group, EPET’s brownbags, social events, and communications were so welcoming and helped me feel and become a part of the ed psych research community. I feel very lucky that I got my PhD training in such a collaborative, supportive program that gave me such confidence and joy in being part of this great group of scholars.

— Kristy A. Robinson (2019) Faculty, McGill University

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Educational Psychology and Educational Technology
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East Lansing, MI 48824-1034
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