University of Wisconsin–Madison

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UW-Madison School of Education department of Educational Psychology ranked best grad school again in 2018


UW-Madison’s department of Educational Psychology has once again been rated as the top program in its field in U.S. News & World Report‘s 2018 Best Graduate Schools ranking.

“We are grateful for this recognition, which affirms that our faculty and students continue the Department’s tradition of ground-breaking research and teaching,” said Department Chair Brad Brown. “The insights and innovation of our faculty will lead to educational systems that can better the nation’s students for the challenges they will face in adulthood.”

Explore a Graduate Minor in Ed Psych

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.

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Ed Psych is now offering two of its most popular undergraduate courses online this Summer:

  • Human Development 320 – Infancy through Childhood
  • Human Development 321 – Adolescence

These courses may fulfill program requirements. And don’t forget: there is no classroom component. Study when you want, where you want.

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Ed Psych’s Vlach Receives Early Career Award

Assistant Prof. Haley Vlach recently received an Early Career Research Contribution Award from the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD).

This prestigious honor is given to emerging scientists in the field of child development, as evidenced through research, publications and other scholarly activity.

Vlach is the director of the Learning, Cognition, and Development (LCD) Lab where her research focuses on young children’s learning, including the study of memory, word learning, categorization, generalization/transfer of learning, and conceptual development.

Specifically, Vlach aims to connect traditional laboratory research on cognitive development with more applied settings, such as studies of effective interventions and educational curriculum.

“Being recognized by my peers is a remarkable honor,” she says. “It’s truly humbling to be in the company of the exceptional scholars who have received the award over the years.”

Vlach received her award April 7, during the award ceremony at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development in Austin, Texas.

As a recipient of this award, Vlach becomes part of SRCD’s Oral History Project, which archives interviews with major figures in the fields of child development and child psychology, as well as other related fields.

According to the SRCD website: “As research in human development expands, the need for coordination and integration among the disciplines grows. The Society is constantly working to facilitate such coordination and integration and to assist in the dissemination of research findings. The Society welcomes the increasing interest in child development research and seeks members who share this interest.”