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PhD in Educational Psychology
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October 17, 2022
December 20, 2022
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Develop your capacity to enhance educational settings and address issues related to learning and cognition. This small and dynamic program provides the opportunity to work collaboratively with faculty members to deepen your knowledge and advance your career.
MA holders who wish to develop specialized knowledge and skills through advanced study in educational psychology.
- 20 units of coursework plus Doctoral exam and thesis
- In-person classes, typically at the Burnaby campus
- Late afternoon or evening classes
Applications are accepted biennually.
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This program is ideal to prepare you for a variety of roles, including faculty members at universities and colleges, advisory positions, educational consultants, researchers, and training specialists.
Note: A PhD degree in educational psychology at SFU does not meet requirements for the following:
- Certified school psychologist with the BC Association of School Psychologists
- Certified counselling psychologist with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors
- Registered school or clinical psychologist with the BC College of Psychologists
Students interested in becoming registered PhD psychologists are advised to seek admission to Canadian Association of Psychologists accredited programs, such as the clinical psychology PhD program in the Psychology department at SFU. UBC also offers CPA PhD accredited programs in school psychology and counselling psychology.
EDUC 971-4 - Advanced Topics in Educational Psychology
In-depth critical analysis of select topics in educational psychology. Students with credit for EDUC 865 may not take this course for further credit. Prerequisite: EDUC 860.
EDUC 975-4 - Advanced Quantitative Methods in Educational Research
Methods for analyzing multivariate data in educational research, meta-analytic methods, and applications and frailties of advanced quantitative analysis. Illustrations from educational research are used throughout. Students with credit for EDUC 865 may not take this course for further credit. Prerequisite: EDUC 863 and 864 or permission of instructor.
12 UNITS OF ADDITIONAL COURSE WORK
Chosen with the approval of a Senior Supervisor
EDUC 899-15** - Doctoral Thesis
A major part of this program is original research. A thesis describing this is submitted and defended. Normally, before the fourth course a thesis research plan is presented to the supervisory committee. Upon entry to the program, every term students enroll in EDUC 899-15 Doctoral Thesis.
**Effective January 1, 2018, the unit value of EDUC 899 increased to 15 units from 10 units.
EDUC 983-5 - Doctoral Comprehensive Examination
The examination is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.
Normally, the comprehensive examination is completed in the term in which course requirements are completed, or the term immediately following.
Students who wish to register with the BC College of Psychologists will need to meet additional requirements outside the scope of this program.
Perched atop Burnaby Mountain, Simon Fraser University's original Arthur Erickson-designed campus includes more than three dozen academic buildings and a flourishing sustainable residential community.
Simon Fraser University respectfully acknowledges the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations, on which SFU Burnaby is located.
Where can this program take you? The world is changing rapidly and so is the full range of career and academic opportunities that await. Two-thirds of our graduates work as faculty members at universities and colleges.
- Faculty members at universities and colleges
- Advisory positions for teachers, social workers, parents
- Educational consultants, analysts
- Directors of instruction
- Training and development specialists
"During my program I was fortunate to work with many faculty and administration members in a number of projects within and outside my program, and I feel I’ve learned different sets of academic skills from each and every one of them."
"This dialogue with SFU provided me with the opportunity to experience the sort of personal mentoring that is so instrumental in the success of a graduate program."
"And with such a large and diverse faculty, you’ll have opportunities to network and form relationships with a multitude of wonderful faculty, students and staff to fully explore your research and professional interests."
"I was accepted into several Educational Psychology programs in the U.S. and Canada but felt that SFU would provide me with the best opportunities, resources, and training to support my career goals."
Dominic Trevisan, 2018 Graduate
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