• Educational Psychology Career

    By Bob Lockwood, School of Education Professor

    Deciding to attend graduate school is a major life event. After the choice has been made, the question becomes, "Which degree should I pursue?" 

    Certainly the choice of program is impacted by the interests and abilities of the individual but also by the career path that the degree could offer. Some degrees provide excellent training for a single specific career path. However, if someone is interested in psychology and education and looking for options regarding a career, then a degree in educational psychology could be a good choice!

    An educational psychology graduate degree program is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the theory and research related to learners, learning and developmental processes. It is the study of how humans learn and retain knowledge, including emotional, social, and cognitive learning processes. Graduates may have the opportunity to focus on certain segments of the population, such as adult learners, preschoolers, as well as elementary and high school aged children.

    Because of the breadth of the training in the educational psychology program, there could be a number of career options.* Graduates could pursue a career as a faculty member within an academic setting, a researcher in agencies or businesses, or as school practitioners. They may also have the opportunity to pursue a career as a teacher, an educational administrator, a psychometrician, a program evaluator, or as a research analyst in educational, instructional, or governmental institutions. For example, someone working in a school system may be required to conduct a program evaluation and look for areas where the program can be improved while working with the stakeholders including the students, teachers, and administration. The administration may include not only the administrative staff at a school but also the administration at the local, state, and federal level.

    If anyone is interested in both psychology and education, and is not quite sure what career path they want to pursue, a degree is educational psychology could be the right program.



    Bob Lockwood is a professor in the School of Education at Kaplan University. The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not represent the view of Kaplan University. The University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

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