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    Jun 25, 2024  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Educational Psychology

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Main Office
Matthews Hall, 316

Mailing address:
1155 Union Circle #311335
Denton, TX 76203-5017

Web site:

Abbas Tashakkori, Chair



The Department of Educational Psychology offers course work in research design and measurement; applied statistics; program evaluation; the education of special populations and gifted learners; human development; family sciences; sport pedagogy and motor behavior; and sport psychology.

Certification and degree programs in the department focus on such areas as non-traditional education, research and evaluation design, special education, gifted education, human development and family science.

Financial support may be available on a limited basis for teaching and research. Funds vary depending on grants and other activities of the faculty in the department.


Faculty in the department have extensive research interests that include but are not limited to academic, social and behavioral assessment; designing effective instructional environments for exceptional learners; behavioral management systems for special populations, parent and professional communication and collaboration; establishment of partnerships to facilitate services for exceptional individuals; programs and procedures for gifted learners; identification of gifted and talented learners; academic acceleration; early entrance to school for college; social and emotional aspects of giftedness; cognitive development and information processing of traditional and special populations; program evaluation; strategies for working with adult populations; the study of developmental norms and family relationships; applied research design; statistics and measurement.

Grants and Assistantships

The department has a limited number of competitive assistantship positions for which newly admitted doctoral students may apply. These are 20 hour/week salaried positions for the fall and spring semesters which include 6 hours of tuition support each long term, and include working as a Teaching Assistant, Teaching Fellow, or Research Assistant (assignments are made each semester based on department need with an emphasis to diversify your experiences). While on an assistantship, students are required to be enrolled full-time (9 credit hours each fall and spring) and have no additional employment.

Faculty regularly have grant opportunities to fund students. Check with the program coordinator for updated information.

Academic Support and Outreach Services

Two EPSY offices provide a variety of academic, research and outreach services to students, faculty and the community at large:

Office of Research Consulting

The EPSY Office of Research Consulting (ORC) supports the research needs of faculty and students across the UNT community by providing methodological and statistical advice on grants, research, dissertations and classwork. ORC is dedicated to enhancing the research atmosphere at UNT by improving statistical understanding of students and faculty, providing seminars and support on latest developments in data analysis and research methods, archiving publicly available national and international research data, and providing consulting on grant proposals and funded projects.

Office of Giftedness, Talent Development, and Creativity

The Office for Giftedness, Talent Development, and Creativity is committed to transforming potential into excellence through innovative educational opportunities, research, and outreach. The OGTD aspires to serve the intellectual, academic, social, and emotional needs of gifted children and adolescents in the greater North Texas area and assist those who parent, teach, and otherwise work with them. The Office aspires to be a leading resource on giftedness, talent development, and creativity that is known regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Degree Programs

The department offers the following degrees at the master’s and doctoral level:

Specializations in special education include autism spectrum disorders/autism intervention; educational diagnostician; and high incidence disabilities (emotional and behavioral disorders, and mild/moderate disabilities,). Specializations in educational psychology include; family science; human development and family science gifted and talented education; learning and development; research and evaluation; research, measurement and statistics; sport pedagogy and motor behavior; and psychosocial aspects of sport and exercise.

Depending on the degree attained, graduates of these programs normally seek employment in business and education as teachers, program administrators, supervisory personnel, assessment specialists, curriculum development specialists, research and evaluation specialists, and community college and university faculty members. Graduates may also be prepared to seek careers in parent education and/or family life, child life and life span development.

Applicants must also meet requirements for admission to the Toulouse Graduate School. For admission to any of the programs in this department, the applicant should submit all required materials to the department. Please contact the EPSY Coordinator of Graduate Admissions ( for details.

Academic Certificates/Certification

The Department of Educational Psychology offers several non-degree and certification programs to further your life and career goals. See department site for list of available programs.


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