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Doctoral Program Plan of Study

Gifted and Talented Education

A plan of study must be prepared, signed by the student and members of the advisory committee, and submitted to the graduate school for approval by the executive committee of the graduate faculty council when the student has completed not more than twelve credits of course work to be applied to the degree. The student may not take the general examination before the plan of study has been fully approved.

The courses below represent the core courses for the doctoral program. We consider students’ prior professional and educational experiences; therefore, there is flexibility in developing each person’s plan of study.

Matrix of Core Courses for a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with an Emphasis in Gifted and Talented Education

Required Courses
EPSY 5710 Introduction to Gifted Education and Talent Development
EPSY 5720 Developing Schoolwide Enrichment Programs
EPSY 5850 Introduction to the Science of Creativity
EPSY 5760 Improving Students’ Thinking Skills
EPSY 5780 Social and Emotional Components of Giftedness and Talent Development
EPSY 5740 Strategies for Differentiating the Grade Level Curriculum
EPSY 6770 Curricular Options for High Ability Learners
EPSY 6194 Doctoral Seminar
EPSY 5510 – Learning: Its Implications for Education
EPSY 5605 Quantitative Methods in Research I
EPSY 5607 Quantitative Methods in Research II
EPSY 5621 Construction of Evaluation Instruments
EPSY 6601 Methods and Techniques of Educational Research
GRAD 6950 Doctoral Dissertation Research

Additional course options for doctoral students include:

  • EPSY 5092 Practicum
  • EPSY 5601 Principles and Methods of Educational Research
  • EPSY 5602 Educational Tests and Measurements
  • EPSY 5603 Methods of Inquiry
  • EPSY 5602: Educational Tests and Measurements
  • EPSY 5613: Multivariate Analysis in Educational Research
  • EPSY 6494: Doctoral Practicum
  • EDCI 6000: Qualitative Methods of Educational Research
  • EDCI 6005: Advanced Methods of Qualitative Research
  • EPSY 6611 Logistic and Hierarchical Linear Models
  • EPSY 6637 Item Response Theory

Doctoral students are also encouraged to select a related area of specialization outside of our program to broaden their expertise and increase future employment opportunities. All related areas should be selected with individual backgrounds and interests in mind. This decision should be made with the student’s advisory committee and related areas should be identified during the first year of the doctoral residency.

Choices for Major Academic Advisors in the Ph.D. Program: