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Fall 2018 CPEP cohort
CPEP

Combined Program in Education and Psychology

Degrees & Certifications

The Combined Program offers a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Education and Psychology. Through coursework in education, psychology and methodology, you will build the knowledge base to apply in research apprenticeships with diverse faculty across areas of theory and practice.

Doctor of Philosophy in Education and Psychology

This full time, interdisciplinary doctoral program will train you as a scholar in the creation and implementation of psychological research designed to build understanding and address educational issues relevant to learning and development in the context of schools, families, and communities.

Our program follows an apprenticeship model of graduate training and mentoring. Within this model, students are matched with faculty advisors based on complementary research interests and work closely with their advisors to refine their scholarly interests and research capabilities. Because of our program's interdisciplinary focus, students often have the opportunity to work with different faculty members during their graduate careers. In addition, students take a sequence of courses in both psychology and education during the first two to three years of the program. The courses are intended to provide theoretical foundations in psychology and education, as well as grounding in research methodology. Students work with their advisors to customize their coursework to best meet their professional goals.

CONCENTRATIONS

allison_ryan
Chair
aliryan@umich.edu

Welcome to the Combined Program in Education and Psychology

CPEP is an interdisciplinary program known for its focus on scholarship exploring how the social context (schools and classrooms) interacts and affects the developmental trajectories of student identity, cognition and motivation. The program has a strong national reputation (e.g., CPEP currently is ranked #2 in the U.S. News and World Report).

Across varied topics, we recognize the importance of considering both conceptually and methodologically the influences of and intersections among individual attributes (social and cognitive), and different classrooms, schools, families, communities, ethnicities and cultures – within the United States and internationally. This approach allows us to continue to be at the forefront in the field in developing understanding of variation in learning, achievement, and adaptation across and within different social and cultural groups and to identify practices and strategies for improving learning outcomes for all students.

Our students are trained to think analytically and to excel at scholarship and research that has important educational implications. As part of an interdisciplinary unit, our doctoral students have access to an integrated set of resources in education and psychology. Our unique and interdisciplinary structure allows for an exciting synergy of conceptual and methodological perspectives and approaches among our faculty and students.

I am excited that you are interested in our program and hope you find our online home to be informative about what we have to offer.

Allison M. Ryan
Chair, Combined Program in Education and Psychology; Professor

An Exceptional Program

Currently ranked #2 by U.S. News and World Report, the Combined Program in Education and Psychology is an interdisciplinary unit within the university's Horace B. Rackham Graduate School, supported and co-sponsored through a collaboration between the Department of Psychology in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, and the School of Education. The program has been known in the past two decades for its focus on scholarship exploring how the social context (schools and classrooms) interacts and affects the developmental trajectories of student identity, cognition, and motivation.

Combine diverse disciplines

Our unique structure allows for an exciting synergy of conceptual and methodological perspectives and approaches among our faculty and students—the ways our faculty connect across disciplines and deploy shared ideas and resources have allowed us to make a remarkably large impact on the field.

Advance equity and inclusion

Research conducted by program faculty with diverse ethnic, racial, and social class groups has yielded new theories and methods for articulating how individuals form social identities, navigate social marginalization, and challenge inequitable social structures.

Make research matter

We nurture translational and applied research through curricular design and operational practices that provide bridges for applying educational and psychological research dedicated to the improvement of student learning and performance in K-12 and higher educational contexts.

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Give to CPEP

Your support can help us create transformative leaders and educators who have the theoretical framework and practical skills to address the many urgent challenges in education.

PEOPLE

Meet our community

Professor of Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Associate Professor, School of Education
(734) 647-9572
Associate Professor of Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
(734) 763-2225
Professor of Psychology, Women's Studies, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Professor, School of Education; Professor of Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Director of the National Center for Institutional Diversity; Associate Vice President for Research
(734) 764-6497
Professor of Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Professor of Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
(734) 615-3809
Professor, School of Education; Professor of Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Faculty Associate, Institute for Social Research
(734) 647-7369
Professor, School of Education
(734) 615-0586
Assistant Professor of Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
(734) 764-8448
Professor, School of Education; Professor, School of Information
(734) 647-8027
Associate Professor, School of Education
(734) 764-3966
Arthur F Thurnau Professor, Associate Dean for Educational Programs, Professor of Social Work
(734) 936-9124
Program Coordinator, Combined Program in Education and Psychology
(734) 763-0680
Assistant Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health
(734) 615-4992
Associate Professor of Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
(734) 764-0353
Associate Professor, School of Education
Professor, School of Education; Professor of Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Faculty Associate, Institute for Social Research
(734) 615-1800
Dean, George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor of Education and Arthur F Thurnau Professor, School of Education; Faculty Associate, Institute for Social Research; Faculty Affiliate in Latino/a Studies, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
(734) 647-9571
University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor and Arthur F Thurnau Professor, School of Education; Director of Academic Programs, Wolverine Pathways
(734) 647-0606
Ann L. Brown Distinguished University Professor Emerita
Associate Dean
Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, Justice, and Equity, School of Education; Stephanie J. Rowley Collegiate Professor; Professor of Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
(734) 647-0614
Chair, Combined Program in Education and Psychology; Professor, School of Education
(734) 647-0597
Professor of Romance Linguistics, Romance Languages and Literatures, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
(734) 647-2332
Professor, School of Education; Professor of Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Professor, School of Information; Faculty Associate, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research
(734) 764-8360
Associate Professor, School of Education
(734) 615-1530
Marshall H Becker Collegiate Professor of Public Health, Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health; Professor of Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
(734) 764-2443

Connect with CPEP

Contact

(734) 763-0680
cpep@umich.edu

Location

610 E. University Avenue
Room 1413
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1259

Office Hours

Monday–Friday
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.