PhD in EPSY
Faculty and students in the University of Colorado Boulder’s Educational Psychology and Learning Sciences PhD program study how people learn in the context of organizing for more equitable, sustainable social futures. Researchers consider how the practice of research can inform social change.
The Educational Psychology and Learning Sciences (EPSY) PhD program prepares graduate students to research and inform collective efforts to improve conditions of learning, particularly for young people in non-dominant communities. The program emphasizes:
- How a strong foundation in psychological perspectives on education and human development can inform efforts to improve conditions for learning
- The need to go beyond psychological perspectives to interpret learning and development in social, cultural, and historical contexts
- Social justice as a central concern in studying and informing efforts to improve conditions of learning
- Humanistic approaches to research that are drawn on interpretive, phenomenological, and social practice theories of human action
Students work with faculty members who conduct research in a range of settings, including schools, afterschool programs, museums, community organizations, workplaces and grassroots social movements.
Coursework provides students with a strong foundation in educational psychology, cultural psychology, social theory, and mixed methods research.
Like other programs in educational psychology and learning sciences, the program at CU-Boulder provides students with a foundation in psychological perspectives on education and in design-based research methods.
The faculty aim to prepare PhD students in the program for careers in research. These include possible careers as faculty members in educational psychology and learning sciences programs at other colleges and universities and as full-time researchers within non-profit organizations or school systems.