The Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations

The Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations involves the psychological and quantitative foundations of education. We have four graduate programs: Educational Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Educational Measurement and Statistics, and School Psychology. Each of these programs seeks to understand issues related to education from a psychological and/or quantitative perspective, rather than from a social or historical perspective.

Counseling Psychology

The Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program at the University of Iowa has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1980 (APA Committee on Accreditation, 750 1st Street N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002-4242. Phone 202/336-5000). Our primary aim is to train students in both the science and practice of counseling psychology. Because we are a doctoral program, no masters degree is offered.

Educational Psychology

We offer two degrees in Educational Psychology: the Master of Arts (without thesis) and the Doctor of Philosophy. The requirements for both of these degrees allow for a great deal of flexibility. Students work closely with their adviser to define a program that matches their goals and interests.

School Psychology

Our primary purpose is to train students to be outstanding, ethical, and multiculturally competent scientist-practitioners who promote psychology as a profession and science for the betterment of the human condition. 

As such, the program places high emphasis on instilling attitudes and skills necessary to become critical consumers of research, active disseminators of research, and valuable contributors to the scientific foundations of the field.  In practice, this means that students learn to define problems clearly within a systemic and ecological context; utilize theory and research to analyze problems systematically; select objective and replicable methods to test hypotheses using procedures appropriate for the problem and acceptable to the consumer; implement these procedures with fidelity, monitoring for potentially adverse effects; and empirically evaluate the validity of the outcomes.  

Educational Measurement and Statistics

The graduate programs in Educational Measurement and Statistics at the University of Iowa prepare students for positions in educational measurement, evaluation, research, and statistical methods. Positions are found at universities, state and federal agencies, test publishing organizations, larger school systems, state departments of education and research centers.


Cassie Barnhardt and Will Liu

2014 Audrey Qualls Commitment to Diversity Award to Barnhardt and Liu

The student-nominated award is given annually to a College of Education faculty or staff member recognizes activism in issues of diversity.