Department of Educational Studies

Educational Psychology Program


about the intersection of culture, thinking, motivation and development in UToledo’s educational psychology graduate program.

The master’s and PhD programs in educational psychology at The University of Toledo are a great fit if you’re interested in:
  • Creating learning environments that maximize student engagement
  • Promoting diversity, safety and acceptance in your school or workplace
  • Research on topics such as reasoning, comprehension, motivation and bullying and violence prevention
  • Investigating the cognitive, motivational and affective mechanisms of learning, development and instruction across a range of contextual and cultural settings
  • A focus on teaching and learning at colleges, universities, research centers, school districts, and nonprofit organizations


A degree in Educational Psychology opens doors to careers in teaching, academic and applied research, and professional development. Graduates apply their knowledge and skills in schools, universities, nonprofit organizations, government agencies and the private sector.

Master's Degree in Educational Psychology: 30 credit hours (more info)

  • Major in Educational Psychology (15 credit hours)
  • Foundations Core (12 credit hours)
  • Capstone Experience: Thesis or Project (3 credit hours)

    Students must have a capstone experience. You may choose between a thesis and a project. In most cases, a thesis is more theoretically-based and formal than a project. For a project, a student needs a chair and an additional reader. For a thesis, a student needs a chair and two additional readers. Faculty who serve as chairs and readers must have "graduate faculty status." Examples of projects and theses are provided on the Main Page of the Educational Psychology Program.

Ph.D. Degree in Educational Psychology: 61 credit hours (more info)

  • Major: Educational Psychology (24 credit hours)
  • Research Tools (12 credit hours)
  • Foundational Core (6 credit hours)
  • Minor: Elected Area (9 credit hours)
  • Dissertation (10 credit hours)

    Examples of dissertations are provided on the Main Page of the Educational Psychology Program (at bottom of main page).
    Students are eligible to apply for support funds for their dissertation research.  More information can be found here.

☮ The Online Graduate Certificate in the Foundations of Peace Education (12 credit hours) can be immersed in both degree programs. (more info)

CAREER OPPORTUNITIESstudent testimonial

Educational Psychology is a graduate level program in the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership at the Judith Herb College of Education. Educational psychology is devoted to the study and application of the psychological dimensions of education, teaching, learning, and human development. If you answer "yes" to any of the questions below, an advanced degree in educational psychology is a great fit for you — and your career.

Graduates of master’s and doctoral degree programs in education psychology find careers in:
  • Teaching
  • Academic and applied research
  • Professional development
  • Government agencies
  • Nonprofit research organizations
Our alumni have been hired as:
  • Educator, Maumee Valley Country Day School, Toledo, Ohio
  • Librarian, University of Maryland, College Park, Md.
  • Scientific editor and college communicator, College of Pharmacy, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio
  • Curriculum assessment specialist, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Adjunct lecturer, College of Liberal Arts, Ivy Tech Community College, Indianapolis, Ind.
  • College of Nursing faculty, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio
  • Director of ESL program, South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D.

Last Updated: 3/2/20