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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


Student Spotlight:
Julie Swaringim-Griffin

TRIO Director Julie Swaringim-Griffin

Julie Swaringim-Griffin was recognized as one of 338 Oklahomans honored with a NextGen Under 30 Award. “It’s surprising and exciting,” she said. “The award is a celebration of young professionals who are doing great things within their jobs and have a bright future ahead.” At 28, Swaringim-Griffin is director of the TRIO Talent Search program at Oklahoma State University. In addition to working full-time, Swaringim-Griffin is pursuing a doctorate in educational psychology, is president of the Educational Psychology Student Society and is teaching an undergraduate inclusion leadership course. Dr. Clyde Wilson, director of the McNair Scholars Program nominated Swaringim-Griffin, “From the time I met Julie, I was impressed with her ability to connect with students. It is important to lead by example and to see Julie pursue her dreams and pursue her passion while at the same time serving as a bridge-builder to those that come behind her — it was kind of a no-brainer to nominate her.” See past spotlights