Program Details

Doctor of Philosophy in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Cognition and Instruction

Offered By: College of Doctoral Studies
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ProgramLength:
Total Program Credits: 60
Online: 8 weeks [More Info]
Transfer Credits:
Up to 9 credits
Program Tuition Rate:
Online: $640 per credit. [More Info]

Overview

Develop Strategies for Success in University Education

Bridge the gap to student achievement with Grand Canyon University's (GCU) Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Cognition and Instruction. Explore and evaluate cognitive processes and information to develop the best instructional methods for 21st century postsecondary education. Offered by the College of Doctoral Studies, our curriculum is designed to prepare applied instruction professionals for training economically and culturally diverse adult educational communities.

In the PhD in cognitive psychology program, you study a range of topics relevant to the construction and analysis of learning outcomes, including social cognition and assessments. With small courses in dynamic online and evening learning environments, GCU affords you the convenience to continue in your professional work while developing your practical knowledge in cognitive research analysis and instructional application. Your dissertation process begins in your first course, where you are introduced to doctoral dispositions.

Learn scholarly research and writing strategies, and attend residencies, where you progressively hone the skills and understanding necessary to present and defend your dissertation.

Please note: Entry into this doctorate of philosophy program requires a graduate degree and related coursework. This program does not lead to licensure; refer to your state for requirements.

Degree Outcomes

Discover a Research-Based Approach to Learning

The PhD in cognitive psychology program includes empirical, research-based approaches to increase your understanding of mental and thought processes including memory, reasoning, intelligence, motivation and learning. Explore the principles of learning in the context of formal education and the theories of cognitive psychology to learning and instruction.

What You Will Learn

Learn Theories of Cognition and Instruction

Throughout this online PhD in psychology program, you review the following topics:

  • The construction, analysis and interpretation of psychological tests to measure learning outcome
  • Using collaboration to increase instructional effectiveness and student learning
  • The nature, origins and history of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy
  • Human learning and cognition
  • Humanistic, transpersonal and existential psychology in relation to motivation, needs, love and existence
  • Theories of inquiry and appropriate tests and measures
  • Social, group and multicultural factors affecting individual behavior
  • Influence of mass communication on awareness and control

Career Outcomes

Propel Your Instruction Career

This PhD in cognitive psychology program is designed to enhance knowledge and skills for individuals working in government positions, school systems and other types of instructional and applied settings. Graduates of this program may pursue roles as teachers or researchers at the university or college level.

Course List

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Major:
60 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
60 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course introduces students to the principal elements of research and scholarly writing. Learners explore approaches to synthesizing literature and the application of the major components of APA form and style, and learn to coordinate literature searches. Furthermore, they learn how to discern principal arguments, analyze research questions, and clearly identify the key scholarly attributes to journal articles and other sources of scholarly data. This course also introduces learners to the University’s overarching values and beliefs regarding research and the responsibility scholars have in continuing a tradition of contributing to an ever-growing body of knowledge.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the nature, origins, and history of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. Although not a clinically based course, the course does address the psychoanalytic and psychotherapeutic strategies used to assist individuals with managing personal and inter-personal issues leading to improved mental health

Course Description

This course examines the historical and theoretical background of the behavioristic movement and its major works. The course also examines methods and techniques to help teach and learn new behaviors as well as the concepts and strategies to diminish or eliminate unwanted behaviors.

Course Description

The course provides an overview of the approaches to inquiry and the methods applied to gain knowledge of the human condition including epistemology and hermeneutic interpretation. These approaches and methods are contrasted with those applied to inquiry in the natural sciences. Consideration is given to the broader social and cultural components that contribute to the refinement of existing knowledge and the creation of new knowledge in the social and human sciences.

Course Description

This course examines theoretical and empirical approaches to understanding different mental processes, including perception, attention, reasoning, intelligence, creativity, concept formation, memory, mental imagery, language, emotional states, and moral reasoning. The development and underlying foundations of these processes and their instantiation in the brain are examined.

Course Description

This course explores the historical roots, theoretical foundations, major works, and guiding philosophy of Humanistic, Transpersonal and Existential (HTE) psychology. This course also examines the different approaches to studying HTE as it relates to human motivation, needs, will, love, and existence in a contemporary world.

Course Description

This residency allows students to begin developing their skills as academic researchers. Residency sessions address topics such as research question development, design, item generation, subscale development and analysis, and basic hypothesis testing. Students have hands-on experience with quantitative and qualitative analysis software.

Course Description

This course provides a study of theories of probability, descriptive and inferential analyses of data, and testing of statistical hypotheses. Practical experience is provided in the application of statistical methods.

Course Description

This course is a study of the purposes and uses of tests. Topics include measuring objectives and learned outcomes, analyzing and interpreting tests, and understanding statistics as applied to standardized tests.

Course Description

This course offers advanced theory in human cognition, learning, and motivation, including attention, memory, consciousness, decision making, problem solving, motivation, cognitive mapping, and schemata. Prerequisite: PSY-820.

Course Description

This course provides students with an overview of qualitative methods and offers students the opportunity to apply and interpret qualitative research. Topics include data collection, data analysis, appropriate qualitative inquiry, and theories of qualitative methods.

Course Description

This course is designed to apply theories of cognitive psychology to learning and instruction, and thus explores the principles of learning in the context of formal education. Educational research related to classroom practice and application is considered in four domains: information processing/memory, attitudes/motivation, intelligence, and formal learning. Prerequisite: PSY-860.

Course Description

This residency prepares students to present their scholarly work and to thoughtfully critique the work of others. Students orally present papers developed in their own classes and respond to questions from colleagues. Students are further prepared to become active members in academic communities by learning how to review papers and provide comments.

Course Description

This course serves as the foundation for ethical study in the field of psychology. Ethical issues in research, writing, psychotherapy, forensic psychology, and animal research are covered. The origins of ethical practices—including the philosophical theories of ethics, the Christian worldview, and the APA code of ethics—are also addressed.

Course Description

Learners complete a cogent research prospectus as the foundation for their dissertation research proposal. Emphasis is placed on fully articulating a study design and methodology that is aligned with the research questions and developing the first iteration (draft) of Chapter 3 of the dissertation. Prerequisite: RES-855 or RES-866.

Course Description

This course is a study of social cognition, including how people understand themselves and other people. Prerequisite: PSY-863.

Course Description

In this course, learners formalize their research proposal specific to their topic. Emphasis is placed on fully developing Chapter 1 and incorporating Chapters 2 and 3 (drafts) from previous research courses. This proposal becomes the first three chapters of the dissertation upon approval of the final draft by the College of Doctoral Studies. Prerequisite: RES-880.

Course Description

This course introduces students to the final phase of the doctoral study in psychology: the doctoral dissertation. Students plan, conduct, analyze, and interpret original research, and submit their final product for approval during an oral defense. This course offers students the opportunity to select an appropriate topic, and draft the first three sections of their dissertation (introduction, literature review, and methods).

Course Description

Following successful completion of PSY-955, students continue their work toward the completion of their dissertation by gaining both committee and IRB approval for their proposal, conducting their data collection in accordance with the methods selected in their proposal, and analyzing the results. By the end of this course, students should have the fourth chapter of their dissertation completed. Prerequisite: PSY-955.

Course Description

Following successful completion of the two preceding dissertation courses, students finish their work on their doctoral dissertation and submit it for final approval during the oral defense. This course affords students the opportunity to draft a discussion section that interprets their findings, as well as an abstract that summarizes their findings. Students also draft their front and back matter, including appendices, tables, and a reference section. The final step in this course is to defend the doctoral dissertation, obtain final committee approval, and submit the document for publication. Prerequisite: PSY-960.

Faculty Bios

Program Locations

Online

Online

Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.
Evening

Evening

Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.

* The Department of Education defines how an institution must calculate a program's On-Time Completion rate for federal disclosure purposes. The On-Time Completion rate is based on a program’s published required number of months to complete all degree requirements as provided in the institution’s catalog. Completion statistics are updated every January and are based on the cohort of students who graduated between 7/1 – 6/30 of the preceding year. The On-Time Completion rate is determined by the number of students in the cohort who completed the program within the published program length divided by the number of students in the cohort who graduated.

Online and Evening program disclosures Additional Disclosures

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.