Education, Ph.D.
(Educational Psychology, Measurement and Evaluation)

Program Description

The PhD in Education is undergoing revision and changes will likely be implemented beginning Fall 2012. We will post changes as soon as possible in Fall 2011. Thank you for your interest in the School of Education and we look forward to your application.


The Ph.D. in Education prepares leaders in educational research who can meet challenges ranging from the social- emotional needs of diverse student populations to designing, implementing, and evaluating educational programs within cultural contexts. The UNC program is designed to foster collaboration among faculty and students from diverse disciplines, thus providing the opportunity to develop relevant research agendas. Graduates of the Ph.D. program are prepared for leadership positions in research and teaching at major universities and institutes.

The Ph.D. in Education is organized as a single program with three research specializations: Culture, Curriculum and Change; Early Childhood, Intervention and Literacy; and Educational Psychology, Measurement and Evaluation.

Educational Psychology, Measurement and Evaluation

Doctoral work in Educational Psychology, Measurement and Evaluation (EPME) focuses on the study of individuals interacting within educational contexts. The objective of the EPME specialty is to develop scholars with the psychological knowledge and inquiry skills necessary to advance the field while, at the same time, contributing to the translation and application of psychological principles in educational settings. Admission to the doctoral program requires an earned master’s degree, among other requirements. Students in the Ph.D. program are required to maintain full-time enrollment through the completion of course work, with the expectation that they will graduate in three to four years. Assistant Professor Jeff Greene is the Coordinator of the EPME program.

During their first semester of study, EPME doctoral students join other entering doctoral students in UNC School of Education Ph.D. programs for several cohort-based courses. In the first semester, entering Ph.D. in Education students enroll in a school-wide proseminar, a school-wide research methods seminar, an EPME proseminar and a one-hour supervised research experience.

The remainder of the doctoral program is flexible and planned by the student and his or her Program of Studies Committee. See Program of Studies for additional information.

Doctoral students in EPME may choose to concentrate in one of following areas:

  • Cognition, Development & Learning
  • Quantitative Research Methods


A master's degree is required before entering the Ph.D. program.

Program Contacts

General program inquires:
Sharon Powell, Human Development and Psychological Studies Assistant
(919) 962-2511