In America's schools, the stakes have never
been higher. The world is changing fast, and
in a highly competitive economy, a good
education is one the few assets a person
can hold on to, and no one can take away.
More than ever, parents are demanding
proof that our schools are truly teaching their
children. Businesses are more eager than
ever to educate their employees, and to see
that training produce demonstrable results.
And students-from all kinds of backgrounds,
with all kinds of abilities are looking for help
as they try to meet an ever rising academic
The growing focus on academic results
has created a huge demand for astute
thinkers with a background in educational
psychology. Who else can make sure
standardized tests are fair? Who is better
qualified to help students find their way to
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The University of Florida's Department of Educational Psychology is helping meet the need for trained educational
psychologists while producing research that pushes the discipline in new directions. Whether they are practicing
psychology in the school system, assessing the validity of statewide tests or helping private-sector organizations find
better ways to educate their workers, UF graduates and faculty bring a fresh new perspective to the high-stakes world
of 21st century education.
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The Department of Educational Psychology offers three separate programs to prepare students for careers in specialty
areas in the field: School Psychology, Measurement and Statistics and "pure" Educational Psychology.
Our program in School Psychology prepares professionals to work in schools and other settings with students, parents,
teachers and other professionals to promote the mental, social and academic development of children. Our program
is fully accredited by APA and fully approved by NCATE/DOE and NASP, and our graduates are qualified to work in all
50 states. Ph.D. graduates are eligible to deliver psychological services in private practice as practicing psychologists
in all states.
Measurement and Statistics
Our Measurement and Statistics program produces researchers who develop, evaluate and apply methodology for
student assessment, program evaluation and research in education. Graduates can advance to faculty positions at
universities, work as consultants for state or local school systems, or design and evaluate assessments for major testing
Students in the Educational Psychology program learn to conduct well-constructed research addressing core issues in
development, cognition and learning. Graduates of the program pursue academic careers in colleges and universities
and also seek employment in local, state and federal agencies, both public and private.
Degrees offered: M.Ed., M.A.E., Ed.S. and Ph.D. UF offers three career paths
UF offers three career paths
Work with the Best
If you want to learn from accomplished researchers who are also
expert teachers, UF's Department of Educational Psychology is the
place for you. Our faculty are masters of research design: other
colleges send their students here to learn the basics of methodology.
Our professors have years of teaching experience in the college
classroom and the K-12 school system.
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The educational psychologist is an unsung hero of the school system.
Without the psychologist's expertise, we would not be able to measure
the learning that goes on in the classroom, spot the stumbling blocks
that cause earnest students to fail academically, or step in to make
the classroom a better place to learn.
That's why our faculty have been able to touch the lives of literally
millions of students with their research.
They have acted as consultants to state boards of education,
monitoring the validity of the tests that form the heart of any
school accountability program. They have pioneered new forms of
assessment like automated systems for grading essays that bring
a new dimension to traditionally murky grading systems. They are
traveling the world to study how learning styles differ from country to
country, and they are bringing new ideas home with them.
Our faculty ask the fundamental, tough-to-answer questions that
baffle and intrigue the finest minds in the field. How do we know the
results of standardized tests are consistent from year to year? How
do words become images in the mind of a reader? We ask the big
questions that seem like theory today, but promise to shape classroom
practice in the future.
School Psychology Program
UF's School Psychology program prepares practitioners and scholars
whose activities promote the psychological and educational
development and well-being of children and youth. Grounded
in a scientist-practitioner model, our program infuses its academic
and professional preparation opportunities with both science and
Our graduates are able to use a wide variety of methods to consultwith
families, educators and other professionals; to design and implement
direct and indirect interventions tailored to individual and group
needs; to develop prevention and other intervention programs that
promote optimal development; and to evaluate the effectiveness of
interventions, programs and other school psychological services.
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Measurement and Statistics Program
Quantitative methodologists the experts who render the "soft" issues of social sciences into hard numbers form
the core of any respected university social science program. These experts are in short supply. Graduates of UF's
Measurement and Statistics program enter the professoriate with skills that are in high demand.
In fact, the number of faculty positions in the field of educational psychology is rising, and there are often not enough
qualified candidates to meet the demand for these jobs. With a degree from the Department of Educational
Psychology, you enter the job market with sought-after skills and UF's excellent reputation behind you.
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We're not the only top-notch educational psychology program in the country. Given the shortage of educational
psychologists, we're glad to have company in the top ranks.
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UF is the adopted home of scholars from all over the world. If you're
capable of sparkling scholarship and committed to making a better
world for children, you belong here. Come join us.
About the College of Education
The University of Florida's College of Education, founded in 1906, consistently ranks in the top 25 among public education
schools in the elite Association of American Universities (AAU). The college's national reputation for innovation-forged
through pioneering initiatives such as Head Start, the community college system and the middle school movement-
endures today with novel scholarship and research that enhance school improvement, student achievement and
leadership development in all education disciplines.
Contemporary Points of Pride include:
A $5 million grant funding the college's major role in a statewide school-readiness program, starting in Miami;
A key role in UF's Science for Life initiative, designed to close the critical gap in science education;
The Counselor Education program's hold, since 1996, on a Top 5 national ranking in the U.S. News surveys;
A $1.6 million federally funded study designed to help students deal with anger management issues;
To sustain the college's innovative edge deep into the 21st century, heightened emphasis on emerging technology,
advanced graduate studies, interdisciplinary research, and crucial partnerships with at-risk schools throughout Florida
will effectively prepare tomorrow's education leaders at every level.
The University of Florida, one of the nation's five largest universities, serves approximately 50,000 students on a single
campus. With 16 colleges, 100 undergraduate programs, 200 graduate programs and 30 combined programs, UF is among
the nation's most academically diverse public universities. More than $500 million annually supports diverse research,
including health care and the world's largest citrus research center. UF is a leader in the number of patents awarded and
the transfer of biotechnology to the marketplace. International leadership in environmental, economic and societal
sustainability has been recognized by the Smithsonian Institution's Conservation Award and designation as the world's
first university to become a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary." With more than 35,000 employees and 330,000
alumni throughout the world, the University of Florida in Gainesville is "The Foundation for The Gator Nation."
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