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Top 5 Online Doctorate in Educational Psychology

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of psychologists is expected to increase about 14% through 2026. Job prospects are best for those with a specialization, such as educational psychology. Educational psychologists work with students, conduct research, implement and monitor programs. They understand how individuals learn. Earning an online Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Educational Psychology can give you the tools you need to work in companies, schools and government organizations.

We researched institutions offering doctorate in educational psychology online programs to create our ranking of the top educational psychology online Ph.D. programs in the United States. The APA does not offer accreditation to online Ph.D. programs in educational psychology. However, these are programs offered by regionally and nationally accredited universities.

We looked for programs in which students engage with faculty and peers during limited residency experiences or through an online learning platform.  We also selected schools offering comprehensive coursework in educational psychology. Finally, we looked for flexible programs for those with family and work obligations. We ranked the programs using a point system for student/faculty ratio and average graduate tuition rates. While ratios and tuition rates may be different for Ph.D. programs, we felt this was effective ranking criteria since the information was available on all the schools we considered.

Rating and Ranking Methodology

Student/Faculty ratio:

  • 10:1 or less- 3 points
  • 11:1 to 18:1- 2 points
  • 19:1 and above- 1 point

Average Graduate Tuition Rate:

  • Less than $15,000- 5 points
  • $15,000 to $20,000- 3 points
  • Greater than $20,000- 1 point

#5. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology-Chicago, Illinois

Ed.D. in Educational Psychology and Technology

School Profile

Average Graduate Student Tuition: $24,300/year
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 8:1
Points: 4
What’s Unique
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is a well-respected university offering a variety of programs specializing in psychology. The online Ed.D. in Educational Psychology and Technology is part-time, taking about three years to complete. Concentrations are available in:

-Higher Education Learning and Technology

-K-12 Education Learning and Technology

-Instructional Design.

Most of the coursework is delivered online through a state-of-the-art Global Student Dashboard. Two short residencies are required to learn hands-on practices and complete the competency examination.

#4. Michigan State University-East Lansing, Michigan

Online Ph.D. in Educational Psychology

College Profile

Average Graduate Student Tuition: $16,764/year
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 17:1
Points: 5
What’s Unique
Michigan State University’s Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education program offers an online Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. It can be completed in a hybrid format. Students can continue working full-time while earning their degree on a part-time basis. Students usually take one course each semester and two summer courses. Most students can earn their degree in about five years. Those with an interest in language and literacy can pursue the Doctor Specialization in Language and Literacy Education. Or they can earn the Urban Education Graduate Certificate.

#3. Capella University-Minneapolis, Minnesota

Educational Psychology Specialization, Ph.D. in Psychology

School Profile

Average Graduate Student Tuition: $14,526/year
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 22:1
Points: 6
What’s Unique
The Educational Psychology Specialization program at Capella University is offered through the Harold Abel School of Psychology. It features emphasis areas in:

-child or adolescent development program evaluation and measurement,

– teaching and instruction.

The program includes online courses, short in-person residencies, and a comprehensive exam and dissertation. Students conduct legitimate research and apply their knowledge to the practice of educational psychology and understanding learning.

#2. Regent University-Virginia Beach, Virginia

Online Educational Psychology Ph.D.

School Profile

Average Graduate Student Tuition: $12,726/year
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 41:1
Points: 6
What’s Unique
The Ph.D. in educational psychology online program at Regent University is a cohort model 75 credit hour program. While most of the coursework is online, students participate in short, on-campus residencies which promote student success. Students gain expertise in testing and program evaluation and assessment at the school district level. They also get training in the latest theories and research. Ideal students are those who want to incorporate research skills into their profession.

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