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Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology & Special Education

Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology

On-Campus Doctoral Program

Being a Student in East Lansing

Students in our on-campus mode get to experience the richness of life at MSU. While we are endeavoring to make as many of the resources and experiences of campus life available to hybrid people as we can, being in person provides a richness and breadth of experience that is hard to match.

Follow Your Interests

Our students often pursue and develop expertise in either Learning and Development or Technology and Education, though many develop expertise at the intersection of these emphasis areas.

  • Learning and Development. Faculty and doctoral students in this emphasis area investigate human learning and development across the lifespan in schools, workplaces, communities, and homes to understand and improve educational practice. Students with specific interests in literacy learning and development may choose to pursue the Literacy Option
  • Technology and Education. Faculty and doctoral students in this emphasis area seek to understand and improve the use of powerful technologies to support learning and teaching.

Explore Other Areas

Students also have the opportunity to explore other programs in the College of Education and in other colleges here at MSU. Working with one's advisor, students can put together a unique experience to match specific interests with the wide range of opportunities available on campus.

Sample Courses and Syllabi

View a list of typical courses along with sample syllabi.

General Timeline

Formal Program ElementExpected Completion
Preliminary ExamEnd of first year
Guidance Committee and GradPlanEnd of first year
Research PracticumEnd of second year
Comprehensive ExamEnd of third year
Dissertation ProposalFourth year
Dissertation DefenseFourth/fifth year