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Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology & Special Education

Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology

Hybrid Doctoral Program

Hybrid students have the opportunity to blend the richness of being a student at Michigan State University with the ongoing opportunities through their current work as educators.

Innovate, Create, Become a Leader

The goal of the doctoral program is to develop the next generation of educational leaders who understand the need to create new technologically sound pedagogies grounded in innovative research and practice.

Students will develop a deep understanding of how theories of learning and development can inform the design of future learning environments. Graduates of this program are prepared to assume leadership roles in K-12 school systems, virtual schools, community colleges, and higher education institutions that require rigorous preparation in research and evaluation of learning with technology.

The Five-Year Plan

The hybrid EPET Ph.D. is a rigorous, five-year program of study completed substantially online. Please note that the hybrid program begins in the summer of Year One. The program includes a five-year schedule with two integrated courses during each summer semester followed by an online course in the Fall and Spring semesters. Typically, students begin the program with online work for several weeks leading up to the intensive two-week face-to-face on-campus summer session. The two summer courses are then completed with approximately five additional weeks of online learning. Students then take one completely online course in each of the Fall and Spring semesters to finish the year. This cycle of two intensive hybrid courses each summer followed by one online course in the Fall and Spring semesters repeats each year students are in the program.

Students who are able to take leave from their jobs are given the option to come to campus for one semester to attend face-to-face classes. It is possible that graduate assistantships / fellowships will be available to help defray the cost of tuition and provide a modest stipend.

Sample Course Schedule

Variation in this example are possible due to faculty availability and program changes. You can also view sample course syllabi. The actual syllabi will vary each time the course is offered.

Year 1
Summer CEP 900 Proseminar in Educational Psychology I
CEP 930 Educational Inquiry
Fall CEP 932 Quantitative Methods in Educational Research I
Spring CEP 901B Proseminar in Technology and Education
Preliminary Examinations
Year 2
Summer CEP 931 Qualitative Research
CEP 953 Teachers and Technology
Fall CEP 955 Research Design and Methods for EPET
Spring CEP 933 Quantitative Methods in Educational Research II
Practicum Defense
CEP 995 Practicum in Research Design and Data Analysis
Year 3
Summer TBD Emphasis Area Selectives
or... Area of Concentration Course(s)
Fall CEP 911 Intellectual History of Educational Psychology
  or... Emphasis Area Selectives / Area of Concentration Course(s)
Spring CEP 916 Intellectual History of Educational Technology
  or... Emphasis Area Selectives / Area of Concentration Course(s)
Comprehensive Exams
Year 4
Summer n/a  
Fall CEP 999 Doctoral Dissertation Research
  or... Emphasis Area Selectives / Area of Concentration Course(s)
Spring CEP 999 Doctoral Dissertation Research
Dissertation Proposal Defense
Year 5
Summer CEP 999 Doctoral Dissertation Research
CEP 999 Doctoral Dissertation Research
Fall CEP 999 Doctoral Dissertation Research
Spring CEP 999 Doctoral Dissertation Research
Dissertation Defense / Graduation

Emphasis Area Selective Courses Three Emphasis Area Selective Courses satisfy a specific program requirement to provide breadth of understanding in educational issues and meet the College of Education basic knowledge requirements
Courses that satisfy Emphasis Area Selective Requirement CEP 902 Psychology of Learning School Subjects
CEP 903 Cognitive Development
CEP 904 Socio-Emotional Development
CEP 909 Cognition and Technology
CEP 910 Current Issues in Motivation and Learning
CEP 917 Design of Media for Learning
CEP 953 Teachers and Technology
CEP 956 Mind, Media & Learning

Concentration Area Courses Concentration Area Courses satisfy a specific program requirement to take three additional courses in their own area of concentration within Educational Psychology or Educational Technology. Emphasis area and concentration courses must provide a coherent program of study in the student's area of concentration and be approved, in advance, by the student's guidance committee.