General Psychology PhD in Cognition and Instruction – Quantitative

Doctor of Philosophy in General Psychology: Cognition and Instruction (Quantitative Research)

Offered By: College of Doctoral Studies

Earn Your Quantitative Psychology PhD in Cognition and Instruction from GCU

Grand Canyon University’s Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Cognition and Instruction program offers a broad array of courses that increase the understanding of human behavior and mental processes. This program prepares individuals to engage their knowledge and skills in cognition and instruction in applied settings of teaching and/or conducting psychological research in business, government or higher-education institutions.

Core areas of instruction include three emphasis courses in cognition and instruction, cognitive science and social cognition. In this program, students will be able to employ quantitative methodology to design, collect and analyze information in alignment with conducting a scholarly dissertation. Students are advised to inquire directly with their state if they intend to pursue licensure, as this degree is not intended for those seeking licensure in clinical practice and does not lead directly to licensure.

Choosing to Specialize in a Quantitative Psychology PhD

In a quantitative PhD program, students examine and analyze events by interpreting numeric data. Through GCU’s quantitative PhD in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Cognition and Instruction program, students will develop expertise in the creation of a sampling plan and in the collection of data through the use of statistical tools. This program differs from GCU’s qualitative PhD in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Cognition and Instruction program, which focuses on gaining insight into how and why people think, believe and behave.

Study Social Cognition and Impact Formal Education Settings

GCU’s PhD in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Cognition and Instruction program was created by the College of Doctoral Studies to help professionals expand their understanding of human behavior and mental processes. In this program, students will be explore the major schools of thought in psychology and their philosophical origins, learn the nature, origins and history of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, examine the historical and theoretical background of the behavioristic movement and its major works, discuss the basic components of quantitative research design, work with statistical analysis software to design a quantitative research study and more.

To graduate from this program, students must complete a minimum of 60 credits and pass courses including:

  • Cognition and instruction
  • Cognitive science
  • History and systems of psychology
  • Humanistic, transpersonal and existential psychology
  • Psychoanalysis and psychodynamic theory
  • Quantitative data analysis, results and findings
  • Quantitative data collection and statistical mechanics
  • Social cognition

Careers for a Quantitative PhD in Cognitive and Instructional Psychology

GCU’s PhD in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Cognition and Instruction prepares graduates for positions in business, government or education. Graduates often go on to pursue roles including:

  • Government contractor
  • Researcher
  • Teacher
  • University-level faculty member
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TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS & COURSE LENGTH:
Total Program Credits: 60
Online: 8 weeks
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TRANSFER CREDITS:
Up to 9 doctoral credits
PROGRAM TUITION RATE:
Online: $695 per credit [More Info]

Course List

Major:
60 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
60 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course introduces doctoral learners to the principle elements of research, scholarly writing, and effective argumentation. Learners are made aware of the dispositions and expectations of doctoral researchers as well as the University’s overarching values and beliefs regarding research and the responsibility of scholars to contribute new knowledge to their respective fields of study. Learners begin the process of identifying a researchable dissertation topic and are acquainted with appropriate scholarly resources that support the development of the dissertation.

Course Description

In this course, learners are introduced to the critical reading of scholarly qualitative and quantitative literature at the doctoral level. Learners also explore the concept of synthesizing the scholarly literature to identify problems and problem spaces that emerge to form a researchable topic of study. The application of scholarly argumentation from the extant literature to defend the need for a research study is discussed.

Course Description

This course is designed to familiarize the graduate student with the major schools of thought in psychology and their philosophical origins. The individuals and their personal experiences are examined in depth. The social, economic, and political forces that have influenced the developing discipline of psychology are also examined.

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

In this course, learners are introduced to key components of qualitative and quantitative research designs and the means to critically appraise the application of research designs as observed in the scholarly literature. The University's core research designs are presented. Consideration is given to the initial selection and defense of a research design to address a problem that emerged from the extant literature.

Course Description

This residency allows learners to continue developing their skills as academic researchers. Learners will have hands-on experience applying quantitative and qualitative design principals to develop the foundational elements for their potential dissertation studies. Prerequisite: RES-850, RES-825, RES-831, or RCS-831.

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the sampling, data collection, and data analysis methods employed in qualitative and quantitative research designs. Learners explore the alignment of sampling, data collection, and data analysis methods to the research topic, research questions, and research design. The course positions learners to select qualitative or quantitative designs for their dissertation studies. Prerequisite: RES-831.

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

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

In this course, learners explore the basic components of quantitative research design. Attention is given to variables, instrumentation, and sources of data. Reliability and validity of instrumentation is discussed in the context of GCU core quantitative research designs.

Course Description

In this course, learners interact with statistical tests and statistical analysis software in the context of designing a quantitative research study. Alignment of statistical tests to research questions, hypotheses and design is stressed as is determining the feasibility of a quantitative research study. Ethical aspects of research are discussed. Prerequisite: RES-842.

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.

Course Description

In this residency, learners orally present and defend an expanded design of their preliminary dissertation research from RSD-851. Emphasis is placed on developing the quantitative dissertation. Practicum/field experience hours: None. RES-844.

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 apply the skills of the practitioner-scholar. They are self-motivated and committed to reflective practice. They actively seek input from other scholars while continuing to design independent research under the guidance of the dissertation committee. Prerequisite: RES-871, PSY-885, RSD-883, or RSD-884.

Course Description

In this course, learners focus on data collection, data preparation and management, and the analysis of quantitative data to produce written research findings, results, and implications. Learners continue to work with their respective dissertation chairs and apply information from this course to move ahead in the dissertation process. Prerequisite: RES-844.

Course Description

In this course, learners apply the skills of the practitioner-scholar. They are self-motivated and committed to reflective practice. They actively seek input from other scholars while continuing to design and/or conduct independent research under the guidance of the dissertation committee. Prerequisite: PSY-955.

Course Description

In this course, learners focus on the interpretation of quantitative data to produce written research findings, results, and implications. Learners continue to work with their respective dissertation chairs and apply information from this course to move ahead in the dissertation process. Prerequisite: RES-874.

Course Description

In this course, learners apply the skills of the practitioner-scholar. They are self-motivated and committed to reflective practice. They actively seek input from other scholars while continuing to design and/or conduct independent research under the guidance of the dissertation committee. Prerequisite: PSY-960.

Program Locations

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Program Domains

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