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Educational Psychology

Educational Psychology

Educational Psychology is the study of human learning, development, and motivation in educational settings. Educational psychologists are concerned with understanding how environments are structured to promote cognitive, personal, and social development broadly as well as learning and motivation. The role of Educational Psychology is to bring together theory and research from psychology and related disciplines in order to facilitate healthy human development and effective learning and teaching.

Our faculty are committed to seeing our students as they are today with an eye toward who they will be tomorrow. Our Ph.D. program is designed to prepare graduates to teach in college or university settings, public education, and/or to do research in university, business, and government settings. The M.S. program is designed to help students develop the capabilities, knowledge, skills, and competencies that prepare them as effective professionals or attractive Ph.D. program applicants. Check out a bit of what we do here and here. Also, be sure to check out the Motivation in Classrooms Lab.


Student Spotlight: Erik Dewey

Erik Dewey

Erik Dewey’s dissertation research is generating much interest. Indeed, “interest” is what he has been interested in investigating—specifically, as it pertains to the ability of board games to motivate high school students in U.S. history. In the fall of 2019, Erik received 2nd place in the School of Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Aviation’s Three-Minute Thesis Competition and 3rd place at the Colleges of Education, Health, and Aviation and Human Sciences Three-Minute Thesis Competition. He has recently been invited to share his work at the Oklahoma Association of Family and Consumer State Conference on March 6th.

See past spotlights

 OSU Educational Psychology FellowshipThe OSU Fellowship in Educational Psychology provides four-year support for Ph.D. student-scholars whose research interests focus on instruction, learning, development and/or motivation in reducing educational disparities of under-represented and historically marginalized students in the state of Oklahoma and beyond.

OSU Educational Psychology Student Society Documents & Other Information


Dr. Mike Yough / Associate Professor / EPSY Program Coordinator
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