UWM’s PhD specialization in Counseling Psychology follows a scientist-practitioner model that integrates theory, practice and research to give you the scientific knowledge and skills needed to work with multicultural urban populations and in diverse settings.
Our PhD students are expected to conduct research and to advance the science of counseling psychology through scholarly inquiry. Our program, which is accredited by the American Psychological Association*, will prepare you to work as a counseling psychologist in a variety of settings, including universities, hospitals, mental health clinics and private practice.
Educational Psychology PhD
The goal of the Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology is to prepare psychologists, researchers and educational professionals to effectively work on the unique challenges of promoting education, learning, and mental health in urban environments. The four areas of emphasis in the doctoral program are:
- Counseling Psychology
- Cognitive and Developmental Sciences
- Educational Statistics and Measurement
- School Psychology
See the Educational Psychology Website for more information on these areas.
The Counseling Psychology and School Psychology specializations at the master’s and doctoral level are accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979
Website: American Psychological Association Website
To be considered for admission to the program applicants must complete the Graduate School online application, and satisfy all UWM Graduate School admission requirements in addition to the following program requirements:
- Submission of scores on the General Test portion of the Graduate Record Examination; test taken within last five years. (Not required for the Cognitive and Developmental Sciences area of concentration.)
- Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0; graduate GPA of at least 3.5 required.
- A letter outlining the applicant’s academic and professional background, declaration of Area of Concentration (Counseling Psychology, Cognitive and Developmental Sciences, Educational Statistics and Measurement, or School Psychology) as well as specific research interests and goals for the PhD program.
- Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s intellectual achievement and potential.
- Applicants to the Cognitive and Developmental Sciences concentration must submit at least one sample of their academic writing. You may add additional materials that highlight your professional and/or academic skills.
Credits and Courses
Core Educational Psychology Requirements
All doctoral students are required to complete 43-46 core credits in the areas of Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Research Methods. In many cases, students entering with a Master’s degree will have completed some of these courses. Courses taken during Master’s preparation may be counted in meeting the core requirements. Elective credits are taken in consultation with the major professor.
Discipline-Specific Knowledge: Students must take 18-21 credits minimum of discipline-specific knowledge (history and systems of psychology, foundations of science, integration).
Research Methods Core: Up to 25 credits; students can do an additional 9 credits for an Educational Statistics and Measurement minor.
All doctoral students must show documentation that they have acquired research skills needed for dissertation work. To fulfill this requirement students must successfully complete 13 credits of coursework in the area of research methods at the 700 level or above, including ED PSY 724, and six credits at the 800 level or above.
|Category 1: History and Systems of Psychology|
|PSYCH 550||History of Psychology||3|
|Category 2: Foundations of Science|
|Biological Basis of Behavior (choose one):||3|
|Cognitive Basis of Behavior|
|ED PSY 631||Cognition: Learning, Problem Solving and Thinking||3|
|Developmental Basis of Behavior|
|ED PSY 640||Human Development: Theory and Research||3|
|Affective Basis of Behavior|
|ED PSY 814||Cognition and Emotion: The Affective Components of Human Thought||3|
|Social Bases of Behavior (choose one)||3|
|Social Psychology of Group Differences: Race and Ethnicity|
|Seminar in Social Psychology|
|Social Cognition in Educational Psychology|
|Category 3: Advanced Integration (choose one)||3|
|Cognition and Emotion: The Affective Components of Human Thought|
|Research Methods Core|
|ED PSY 724||Educational Statistical Methods II||4|
|ED PSY 728||Techniques of Educational Research||3|
|ED PSY 838||Research Practicum in Educational Psychology (4 semesters)||12|
|Choose two from the following:||6|
|Techniques of Educational and Psychological Measurement|
|Psychometric Theory and Practice|
|Item Response Theory|
|Structural Equation Modeling|
|Advanced Experimental Design and Analysis|
|Analysis of Cross-Classified Categorical Data|
|Survey Research Methods in Education|
|Seminar in Measurement and Evaluation:|
|Seminar in Statistics and Research Design|
|Qualitative Research and Field Studies in Education Settings|
|Counseling Psychology Concentration: Profession-Wide Competencies|
|COUNS 803||Vocational Psychology||3|
|COUNS 807||Advanced Counseling Strategies:||3|
|COUNS 814||Professional, Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling Psychology||3|
|COUNS 815||Advanced Multicultural Counseling||3|
|COUNS 840||Psychological Assessment||3|
|COUNS 860||Capstone-Research in Counseling Psychology||3|
|COUNS 917||Supervision of Counseling||3|
|COUNS 975||Doctoral Practicum in Counseling 3 (2 semesters)||6|
|COUNS 976||Doctoral Practicum in Counseling 4 (2 semesters)||6|
|COUNS 977||Advanced Doctoral Practicum in Counseling-5 (2 semesters)||6|
Core Concentration Requirements
All students must complete core courses in their area of concentration. Minimum credit requirements vary with the area of concentration due to accreditation and certification requirements.
In addition to the requirements listed below, please refer to the program handbook for each concentration.
Students Entering Without a Master’s
For the Counseling Psychology concentration, students entering without a Master’s degree in Counseling must also complete the following in order to meet accreditation/certification requirements:
|ED PSY 624||Educational Statistical Methods I||3|
|ED PSY 720||Techniques of Educational and Psychological Measurement||3|
|COUNS 710||Counseling: Theory and Issues||3|
|COUNS 711||Foundations in Career Development||3|
|COUNS 714||Essentials of Counseling Practice||3|
|COUNS 715||Multicultural Counseling||3|
|COUNS 800||Group Counseling Theory||3|
|COUNS 970||Supervised Practicum 2 in Clinical Mental Health Counseling||3|
Advising and the Major Professor
Upon admission to the doctoral program in Educational Psychology, students are assigned a temporary advisor in their area of emphasis (e.g., Counseling Psychology, Cognitive and Developmental Sciences, Educational Statistics and Measurement, or School Psychology). This person is available to discuss initial course selection and provide general advice about the program. After beginning the program and before filing a Student Academic Plan, students should seek a Major Professor. The permanent Major Professor may—but does not have to be—the same person who is the temporary advisor. Students must select an advisor in their area of emphasis. Selection of a Major Professor is by mutual consent between the student and the faculty member. Students should notify the Training Director within their emphasis when the Major Professor has been selected.
The student must meet minimum Graduate School residence requirements of one continuous academic year of full-time graduate studies at UWM. This can be satisfied by completing at least 8 graduate credits in each of two consecutive semesters, or 6 or more graduate credits in each of three consecutive semesters, exclusive of summer sessions. Residence credit cannot be earned at the master’s level.
Students in the Counseling Psychology and School Psychology concentrations are required to complete practicum requirements to become licensed.
Following Practicum, students in the Counseling Psychology and School Psychology concentrations are required to complete a year-long internship in order to be licensed.
Students are required to work with faculty to have a “publishable” paper within 30 credits of admission to the doctoral program. This may be their master’s theses and/or master’s papers, where original research is generated or a critical review of research is developed. It may also be a collaborative effort, such as publishing a chapter or article with a faculty advisor or other faculty collaborator.
Counseling Psychology and School Psychology students must complete 9 credits in the Department of Psychology. The minor will be optional for students in Cognitive and Developmental Sciences and Educational Statistics and Measurement, based on consultation with an advisor.
Doctoral Preliminary Examination
The Doctoral Preliminary Examination is taken at the end of a student’s coursework. A description of the Preliminary Examination is provided in the doctoral handbook corresponding to the student’s specialization area within Educational Psychology.
The Preliminary Examination consists of a written component and, in some specializations, an oral component. The purpose of the Preliminary Examination is to determine whether the student demonstrates understanding of coursework and related bodies of knowledge and is qualified to proceed with dissertation planning. A minimum of three faculty members in the specialization area shall participate on a student’s Preliminary Examination.
A doctoral student qualifies as a “doctoral candidate” upon completion of the doctoral Student Academic Plan, successful completion of the Doctoral Preliminary Examination for the PhD degree, and successfully passing a dissertation proposal hearing. The hearing is open and the date, time and location must be announced by the Doctoral Coordinator. Each member of the committee must sign the doctoral dissertation proposal hearing form, and indicate approval or disapproval. A simple majority of all committee members is required. No absentee ballots are acceptable.
The candidate must write a dissertation that demonstrates the ability to pursue independent research. The candidate must pass an oral exam in defense of the dissertation.
Contingent upon satisfactory completion of program requirements, passage of the preliminary qualifying examination, and successful oral defense of the dissertation, the Chair of the Department of Educational Psychology will give final approval of the PhD in Educational Psychology.
It is expected that most students will complete all degree requirements within six years of initial enrollment in the doctoral program. All requirements MUST be completed within ten years from the date of initial enrollment.