About the Department of Educational Psychology

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Diversity Statement

The Department of Educational Psychology recognizes the importance of cultural and individual diversity in its educational programs and strives to provide an optimal and inclusive working and learning environment for all faculty, staff, and students. This encompasses all aspects of diversity, including but not limited to age, color, disability status, ethnicity, gender, language, veteran status, national origin, race, religion, sexual or affectional orientation, and socioeconomic status. To this end, the department works to achieve these goals by:

  • Providing educational opportunities to enhance diversity awareness, advocacy, and visibility in the department, on campus, in the surrounding community, and nationally;
  • Engaging students and faculty in ongoing discussions on the meaning of diversity and promote the infusion of multiculturalism into research, education, and training;
  • Supporting all faculty and students and impart a sense of community and belongingness;
  • Recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and students; and
  • Making available information and resources regarding opportunities for student funding in the area of diversity.*

*Based on the Diversity Mission Statement of the Department of Educational Psychology, University of Utah.

Counseling Psychology

The counseling psychology programs (MS, PhD) respectively prepare individuals to work as professional counselors (mental health counselors) and as counseling psychologists. The MS program has been designed to prepare individuals aspiring to work as counselors or in counseling-related fields or for further training in a doctoral program. The curriculum—which includes a year-long supervised practicum placement—provides a broad and general introduction to Counseling Psychology theory, research and clinical practice.

The PhD program prepares students as counseling psychology generalists who are able to engage in a variety of activities ranging from clinical treatment to academic research. Reflecting a "scientist-practitioner" model, the curriculum prepares clinicians who apply the best and most current theory and research to their practice, and academicians who are grounded in the realities of practice. Although preparing students to be able to assess and treat the full range of disorders that psychologists address, our emphasis as counseling psychologists is on personal, social, and career development of the whole person, and on enhancing the environments in which people learn and work. Students learn to critically evaluate major approaches, to evaluate, design, and conduct research, and gain clinical experience working with people of diverse cultural backgrounds and worldviews. The program includes a required internship in professional psychology.

School Psychology

The School Psychology programs combine coursework in both theory and research with supervised practice in public school settings to prepare individuals to work as school psychologists and psychoeducational consultants in public school, university and community settings. The EdS (specialist) program is designed to prepare individuals for licensure as a school-based entry-level school psychologist or for further training in a doctoral program.

The PhD program reflects a "scientist-practitioner" training orientation that expands the student's theoretical understanding of school psychology issues and helps the student acquire competence in research and in the teaching of psychology. Individuals completing the PhD are eligible for entry-level non-school-based practice as independent school psychology practitioners. Like the doctoral program in Counseling Psychology, the doctoral program in School Psychology requires a full-year internship in professional psychology.

Educational Psychology & Research

The Educational Psychology and Research (EPR) program is dedicated to producing scholarly leaders and practitioners in education and other related human service fields. The M.S.Ed. and Ph.D. degree programs in EPR provide state-of-the-art research training and scientific knowledge in the human development and learning sciences and in advanced quantitative and research methodologies. EPR faculty have active research programs, and their respective expertise compliments two areas of emphasis: Development and Learning (D&L) and Research, Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics (REMS). EPR graduates are prepared to work in the field of educational psychology and across a wide range of settings, including schools, nonprofit agencies, other applied settings, and higher education.

Research and Training Centers

The Educational Psychology Department is home to the Achievement and Assessment Institute (AAI) and the Center for Psychoeducational Services (CPS). The CETE engages in research and service in educational assessment and program evaluation. Issues in education testing are studied and project are designed and carried out to examine school effectiveness, personnel/student evaluation, and policy implications for educational testing and assessment. The CPS is a training site for students in the School and Counseling Psychology programs. The CPS is staffed by student clinicians in the School and Counseling Psychology programs who earn credit and gain valuable supervised practical experience working directly with clients.


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The specialist program in school psychology is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists
School of Education is 10th among public universities for its master’s and doctoral programs
—U.S. News & World Report
Doctoral programs in school psychology and counseling psychology are accredited by the American Psychological Association
Involved in $22 million project to create new testing system for special education students
Robert Harrington is creating a certification program in bullying prevention for educators
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