DOCTORAL

Education and Psychology

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The Combined Program in Education and Psychology doctoral program is supported through a collaboration of the School of Education and the Department of Psychology in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. You will have the opportunity to work with faculty from both schools to research processes in development, learning, and motivation in the context of schools, families, and communities.

The program focuses on processes related to cognition and instruction in school content areas, particularly literacy, math, and science, as well as the cognitive processes involved in teaching and learning. This area blends a focus on individuals’ cognition with a focus on social learning and sociocultural theories. Much work includes the development and use of innovative technologies to foster cognition and learning and to study teaching and learning.

The study of self-regulatory processes emphasizes understanding links between motivation and cognitive development. Students drill down to explore individual, peer, and classroom characteristics that influence motivation, including cultural, cross-cultural and international comparative perspectives.

Students consider processes related to the promotion of positive academic, social, and psychological development across the life-span. Students gain understanding of how some individuals considered “at risk”—socially, cognitively, economically, and/or psychologically—overcome the odds to show positive academic, social, and psychological adaptation outcomes.

Moreover, you will understand the development of the self and identity within and across contexts and over the life-span. They study links among personal and social identities and human achievement. This also includes psychosocial achievement outcomes, such as social competence, socio-emotional development, civic engagement, and psychological well-being.

Requirements

Total Credit Hours Required
58–62

Proseminar credits

6

Students complete the following courses:

  • EDBEHAVR 800 (PSYCH 861) – Proseminar in Education and Psychology I
  • EDBEHAVR 801 (PSYCH 862) – Proseminar in Education and Psychology II

CPEP core credits

6

Students complete the following courses:

  • EDUC 708 (PSYCH 708) – Cognition and Instruction in the Classroom
  • EDUC 721 (PSYCH 723) – Human Development and Schooling

Education and psychology core credits

9

Students complete the following courses:

  • One core course in Education
  • One core course in Psychology
  • A third core course in either Education or Psychology

Introductory methods/statistics credits

6–8

Students choose from the following courses:

  • PSYCH 613 – Advanced Statistical Methods I
  • PSYCH 614 – Advanced Statistical Methods II
  • EDUC 792 – Methods of Educational Research: Qualitative
  • EDUC 793 – Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Educational Research

Students typically complete these credits in year one.

Methods of research credits

Students choose courses focused on a range of methodological approaches offered in education, psychology, and other academic units.

Professional Issues in Psychology credits

1

Students complete the following courses:

  • PSYCH 506 – Professional Issues in Psychology (1 credit)

This required course for all University of Michigan graduates is usually taken in the first year (Winter term).

Post-candidacy credits

Students complete the following courses:

  • EDUC 898 – Professional Development Seminar (1–2 credits)
  • EDUC 716 – Advanced Seminar on Issues in Education and Psychology (3 credits)

Students typically complete these credits in year four or five.

Candidates must be enrolled in the following courses in the full term in which their oral defense of their dissertation is given:

  • EDUC 995 / PSYCH 995 – Dissertation, Candidacy (8 credits; may be elected more than once)

Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

Prospective students

Prospective Students

Fall 2018 CPEP cohort

Combined Program in Education and Psychology

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.

Application Deadline

Final
December 1
Domestic, International

Application Process

Step 1: Prepare your application materials

To submit a successful application for admission, you need to provide the following:

  • Academic Statement of Purpose
  • Personal Statement 
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Resume or CV
  • GRE Test Scores (valid 5 years from test date)
    • Provide ETS with the U-M Institutional Code of 1839 and your scores will be sent directly to the university.
  • TOEFL, MELAB, ECPE, or IELTS scores (for non-native speakers of English only; valid 2 years from test date)
Step 2: Create an ApplyWeb account, managed by Rackham Graduate School

Create an account with Rackham Graduate School.

This program, like all of the School of Education's graduate programs, is administered through the University of Michigan's Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. Rackham offers a host of resources and administrative support to help see you through from submitting your application to completion of your degree.

Step 3: Complete pages 1-5 of application using ApplyWeb
  • After completing page 5 of the application, you will receive an e-mail with your U-M ID. A U-M ID number will be issued to you via email within 5 business days of completing pages 1-5 and advancing to page 6 of the ApplyWeb application. Having your U-M ID number to include on all your application materials ensures accurate and timely processing, so we encourage you to complete pages 1-5 early in the process.
  • If you need to submit your application before you receive your U-M ID number, you may still complete the application. Include your date of birth and the program’s name on your application materials.
  • Current and former U-M Ann Arbor students, alumni and employees: You do not need to obtain a new U-M ID number. Use your previously obtained U-M ID number.
  • If your personal information has changed (for example, legal name, gender), make sure the personal information you submit with your application matches your previous Ann Arbor campus record. If your previous Ann Arbor campus record does not display your current personal information, contact the Registrar’s Office or the Shared Services Center to change your personal information before you apply.
Step 4: Upload academic statement of purpose, the personal statement, and a curriculum vitae (CV) or resume to the ApplyWeb application

Include at the top of each document:

  • The type of document (Academic Statement of Purpose, Personal Statement, or Curriculum Vitae or Resume)
  • Your name
  • The name of the graduate program
  • Your 8 digit U-M ID (if known)

Make sure margins are at least one-inch so nothing is cropped when you upload the documents to the application.

Step 5: Submit test scores

GRE Test Scores (valid 5 years from test date)

  • Provide ETS with the U-M Institutional Code of 1839 and your scores will be sent directly to the university.
  • The GRE Program/Major Field Code is 3403 (Education-Evaluation and Research)
  • Please send photostatic copies of your GRE and scores along with the CPEP application, or as soon as they become available. Official copies from ETS are still required.

TOEFL scores or other acceptable forms of English proficiency tests (for non-native speakers of English only; valid 2 years from test date)

  • TOEFL Department Code is 09 (Soc. Sciences, Psychology-Educational)
  • Please send photostatic copies of your TOEFL scores along with the CPEP application, or as soon as they become available. Official copies from ETS are still required.
  • Information regarding the TOEFL and exemption guidelines can be found on the Rackham Graduate School website.
Step 6: Submit transcripts
  • Upload an electronic version of your official transcript(s) for each Bachelor’s, Master’s, Professional, or Doctoral degree earned or in progress through your ApplyWeb application account (part of the Rackham application system). Do not upload academic records printed from your school’s website or student portal.
  • You are required to send official transcripts at the time of application.
  • Students who have studied in a country outside of the U.S. should review the required credentials from non-U.S. institutions. For all degrees obtained at non-U.S. institutions—Request that degree-granting institutions submit official transcripts/records to the Rackham Graduate School at the time of application.
  • Information for submitting official transcripts can be found on the Rackham Graduate School website.
Step 7: Check that letters of recommendation have been submitted
  • We strongly encourage two of your letters come from individuals who are familiar with your academic performance. The third may be from a professional reference.
  • Register your recommenders' names and contact information on the online application so that they will be sent instructions for submitting their letters via the application system. Let your recommenders know that they need to upload a letter and that it is required by the program.
  • As soon as you click "save" on the page of the application where your recommenders' contact information is entered, they will receive an email with instructions for completing the process. Proceed to this point in the application process as soon as possible to trigger that email.
Step 8: Create a U-M Friend Account

Check on your application status. If you’ve been accepted, you will receive an email with information on how to send your official transcripts.

Step 9: Respond to admission offer
Contact us

For questions regarding the doctoral program application in Education and Psychology: 
Phone: 734.647.0626
ed.cpep@umich.edu

U-M Office of Financial Aid

Quick Facts

GRE general exam required

Yes

Application fee

Yes

Average GRE scores of applicants

152 quant
157 verbal
4.5 writing
Scores older than five years not accepted.
Institution code: 1839
GRE Program/Major Field Code: 3403 (Education-Evaluation and Research)

Prior master's degree required

No

Financial aid available

Yes

Online, evening, or weekend courses

No

Starting term

Fall term only

CONNECT WITH US

Contact

(734) 764-9470
 

Location

610 E. University Avenue
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1259

Office Hours

Monday–Friday
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Careers

CPEP graduates from 2014–2018 obtained the following positions after graduation:

  • Tenure-track faculty (27%)
  • Postdoctoral / Traineeship / Fellowship (31%)
  • Non-tenure track faculty / University Researcher / University Administrator (31%)
  • Business / Industry (8%)
  • Other professional employment / Government / Nonprofit (4%)

Internships

There are no formal internship requirements for CPEP.