Welcome to the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Kansas.

We offer master's, educational specialist, and doctoral training in counseling psychology, educational psychology and research, and school psychology.

Our academic programs aim at training multiculturally competent professionals and provide critical knowledge and skills needed in our society today, including educational and psychological assessment, research design, statistics, educational measurement, program evaluation, counseling, and consultation applicable in diverse social and cultural contexts. We offer online classes, intensive seminars, and field experiences with professors who have vibrant and active research programs that are grounded practical experience in their respective fields.

Both the counseling psychology and school psychology doctoral programs are fully accredited by the American Psychological Association, with school psychology also being accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), Kansas Department of Education (KSDE), and approved by National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

Our school psychology educational specialist program is fully accredited by CAEP, KSDE, and approved by NASP. Our counseling psychology master’s program is fully accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC). During their time in the school and counseling psychology programs, graduate students are able to apply their knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to a variety of practical settings, such as schools, counseling centers, university medical centers, VA hospitals, and juvenile detention centers.

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are integral to the department’s commitment to excellence in its academic programs. We believe that all students benefit from training and experiences that will help them to learn, lead, and serve in an increasingly diverse society. We actively seek to foster an environment that promotes a commitment to equity, intellectual diversity, integrity, reflection, and disciplined inquiry for all faculty, staff, and students. 

Our students are truly outstanding, bringing an energy to their work, each other, and our faculty that together expands our knowledge in psychology and education through cutting-edge research. Graduate students in our department find supportive cohorts and student organizations that build cohesion and lifelong friendships. We hope that you will look over all that our department has to offer and find a place where you can achieve your educational goals and contribute to our society through a lifelong career of service.

You are encouraged to contact me or any of our faculty to learn more about our programs.

Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

David Hansen, Ph.D.
Department Chair, Educational Psychology
KU School of Education