- Phoenix, United States
- Program Type:
- Full Degree
- Degree Level:
- Philosophy, Philosophy, Philosophy
- Program Description:
Earn Your 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
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
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
Careers for a 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:
University-level faculty member
Additional Program Information
- North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
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