Judith Herb College of Education


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Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership
The University of Toledo
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Gillham Hall, 5th floor
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The University of Toledo
Main Campus
MS 921
Toledo, OH 43606-3390

Department Secretary:
Ruth Ann Easterwood
Gillham Hall Room 5000

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Department Chair:
Dr. Edward Janak
Gillham Hall Room 5000C

Educational Psychology Program

About the Program

Educational Psychology is a graduate-level program in the department of Educational Foundations and Leadership at the Judith Herb College of Education (JHCOE). Educational psychology is devoted to the study of the psychological dimensions of education, teaching, learning, and human development

The program offers both M.A. Degrees and Ph.D. Degrees with two concentrations: Human Development and Learning, Cognition and Motivation. Each area of specialization incorporates the most recent trends in psychology with implications and applications for education and other social service settings.  Graduates of the program find employment in university teaching and research, government agencies, and business. 

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Areas of Concentration  

Learning, Cognition, and Motivation
Learning and cognitive science explores student learning as well as complex cognitive processes and their impact in educational contexts. This area also considers the impact of affective and cultural influences, including motivation, on cognitive processing. 

Human Development
Human development concerns the study of developmental age trends; the causes and consequences of individual differences in cognitive, social, and emotional development; and the unfolding of human development in various cultural contexts, including the development of cultural identity.

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 Categories of Inquiry

The following questions constitute broad categories of inquiry that frame the inquiry-based model of graduate education in Educational Psychology:

Learning, Cognition, and Motivation

    • What is the nature of learning?
    • What is the relationship between motivation and learning?
    • What is the impact of social and cultural factors on learning?
    • What is the relationship between affect and cognition?

Human Development

    • What is the nature of human development?
    • What constitutes development through the life cycle?
    • What is the impact of social and cultural forces on human development?
    • What is the impact of the knowledge of learning and human development on educational theory, policy, and practice?

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Last Updated: 11/16/15