Program Requirements

Required Courses for the Ph.D.

Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent Development Required Courses

  • EPSY 5850: Introduction to the Science of Creativity (Spring odd years) 
  • EPSY 6710: Conceptions of Human Potential (Spring odd years) Currently being designed
  • EPSY 6730: Contemporary Issues in Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent Development (Fall odd years) Currently being designed
  • EPSY 6770: Concepts in Curriculum and Instruction for Talent Development (Spring even years)  Currently being revised
  • EPSY 6780: Affective Issues in Achievement and Talent Development (Fall even years) Currently being designed

    Research and Other Required Courses

    • EPSY 5510: Learning: Its Implication for Education or EPSY 5530: Theories of Learning, Cognition and Instruction (EPSY requirement) 
    • EPSY 5605: Quantitative Methods in Research I (EPSY requirements) 
    • EPSY 5607: Quantitative Methods in Research II (EPSY requirements) 
    • EPSY 6601: Methods & Techniques of Educational Research or EPSY 6651: Introduction to Methods for Causal Inference Using Educational Data (EPSY requirement) 
    • EDCI 6000: Qualitative Methods of Educational Research (Gifted program requirement)
    • EDLR 6052: Qualitative Methods of Educational Research II  or EPSY 5610, Applied Regression Analysis (Gifted program requirement)
    • EPSY 5621: Construction of Evaluation Instruments (Gifted program requirement)
    • GRAD 6950: Dissertation Research (15 credits – UConn requirement) 

    Additional courses are selected based on the student’s interests and research needs. Students should enroll in EPSY 5710 (online course) if they enter the program without a strong gifted background and EPSY 5720 (summer course)  if they enter the program without a firm understanding of the Schoolwide Enrichment Model.

    Comprehensive Exam and Dissertation Research

    Following completion of courses, students participate in a Comprehensive General Exam. Upon completion of the general exam, students develop a dissertation proposal that culminates is a completed disseration.