Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Hybrid Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.) in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology at MSU

Michigan State University to offer a Hybrid Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.) in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology

Here is how MSU describe the program at MSU.

The nationally-ranked Educational Psychology and Educational Technology (EPET) hybrid Ph.D. program is a new substantially online option in the educational technology emphasis area. In response to growing demand for educational leaders who understand how technology, especially online learning, is transforming the world of education, this blended program is designed for experienced education professionals in schools, higher education, and research institutions who want to earn a Ph.D. while continuing in their current positions.

The goal of the program is to develop the next generation of educational leaders who understand the need to create new technologically sound pedagogies grounded in innovative research and practice.

Students will develop a deep understanding of how theories of learning and development can inform the design of future learning environments. Graduates of this program are prepared to assume leadership roles in K-12 school systems, virtual schools, and community colleges that require rigorous preparation in research and evaluation of learning with technology.

The EPET hybrid doctoral program welcomes applicants from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds, educational and technology experiences, and social, economic, and cultural backgrounds. Students will complete courses in educational psychology, educational technology, and qualitative and quantitative research methods taught by MSU's internationally renowned faculty designed to develop essential analytic skills needed to be an effective educational leader in an age of data-driven decision making and accountability.

The hybrid EPET Ph.D. is a four- to five-year program of study completed substantially online. Please note that the hybrid program begins in the summer of the first year. Students will take three courses each summer typically consisting of a two-week face to face campus session followed by four to five weeks online. Students will also take one online course during the regular fall and spring semesters. The mandatory university residency requirement is fulfilled by the Year III summer session followed by attendance on campus for the Fall term of Year III. Graduate assistantships / fellowships may be available for the fall on campus term. A complete schedule of courses can be found here.

The EPET program is one of 5 doctoral programs in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education (CEPSE). Faculty in other doctoral programs, especially School Psychology, Special Education, and Measurement and Quantitative Methods, share interests and research work with EPET faculty and students and frequently serve on EPET students’ Guidance Committees. EPET students benefit from coursework and interactions with faculty in many other Departments, inside and outside of the College of Education, including Educational Administration (especially the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education program [HALE]); Teacher Education; Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures; The Division of Science and Mathematics Education, Psychology; Telecommunications, Information Studies, and Media; and others.

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