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Our mission is to advance education-related theory and methodology; to improve knowledge about the biological, psychological, technological, and social processes of learning, development, and mental health in diverse populations; and to enhance learning and mental health in educational and community contexts through innovative educational interventions and effective prevention/ intervention programs.


UW-Madison’s Department of Educational Psychology is regularly ranked as one of the top programs in its field in U.S. News & World Report.

“Our reputation is built on the faculty’s skill in conducting sophisticated and meaningful research — that is, research that has strong theoretical foundations, advanced research designs, and practical implications for educational practice,” says Ed Psych Department Chair Brad Brown. “Our faculty members are involved in studies of bullying, the fundamentals of math learning, use of technology to assist in learning and instruction, programs to inspire early reading, elements of successful family-school partnerships in rural areas, instruction for youths with autism, the adjustment of ethnic minority students to predominantly white college environments — a remarkable diversity of critical issues in education.”


Our minor program will expand your understanding of how individuals learn, processes of human development, research methods and statistics, and/or how to enhance learning and adjustment in school settings. Find more info here.

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  • Out Now: Ed Psych Insider Summer 2020

    Check out the latest edition of the department newsletter for articles about faculty awards, catching up with retired faculty members, a new diversity seminar added to the curriculum, how Ed Psych researchers are conducting groundbreaking …

  • Hess reappointed as dean of the School of Education

    Diana Hess has been reappointed as dean of the School of Education. Every five years of their tenure, deans of the university’s schools and colleges undergo a comprehensive review to assess their academic and administrative …

  • Cecil Smith named Dean of the School of Education at SIU

    Ed. Psych. alum M. Cecil Smith (Ph.D., 1988) has been named the next Dean of the School of Education at Southern Illinois University. Cecil was a student in the Human Development area, working under the …

  • Featured Summer Courses

    Explore Educational Psychology’s Summer Offerings or see other School of Education courses available this summer at School of Education Summer Courses. Educational Psychology’s Summer Offerings   How People Learn Introduction to theories of learning in …

  • UW–Madison School of Education No. 1 among public institutions in U.S. News rankings

    UW–Madison’s School of Education and several of its programs are once again ranked among the very best in the nation in the 2021 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools rankings released …

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