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Ph.D. in General Psychology: Cognition and Instruction (Quantitative Research)
Earn Your Quantitative Psychology PhD in Cognition and Instruction from GCU
Grand Canyon University’s (GCU) Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Cognition and Instruction program offers a broad array of courses that are designed to increase the understanding of human behavior and mental processes. This program provides individuals with an opportunity 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 taught 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.
"When I chose to earn my Doctor of Philosophy in General Psychology at GCU, I was particularly interested in the emphasis of cognition and instruction because as a college professor teaching English composition, I knew it would complement what I was already doing. Regardless of what subject I’m teaching, if I can look at the way students learn and the way I teach, and the interactions between the two, I can teach with a more unified approach."
Dr. Keziah Tinkle-Williams, Doctor of Philosophy in General Psychology, Class of 2021
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 are taught to 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 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 Quantitative PhD in Cognitive and Instructional Psychology
GCU’s PhD in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Cognition and Instruction helps prepare graduates for positions in business, government or education. Graduates may go on to pursue roles including:
Clinical or counseling psychologists
Classification: Master's College or University I
Loans Offered: Perkins Loan, Stafford Student Loans, PLUS Loans, Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) State Grant, Arizona Post-Secondary Education Voucher Program State Grant, Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
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