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PhD Emphasis Spotlight: Integrating Technology, Learning and Psychology

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Interested in earning your PhD from Grand Canyon University, but not sure which emphasis you should choose? Explore the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Integrating Technology, Learning and Psychology. In this doctoral degree program, learners examine theories and principles, including the psychology of applying technology to individuals, organizations and communities while assessing the risks and benefits associated with the use of technology.

Is This Program Right for Me?

Social networks have changed the way we communicate. This PhD program helps learners create strategies for building communities and social networks, in addition to examining and understanding the psychology of change at the organization, community and social network levels.

This PhD program focuses on 21st century technologies, social ways of learning and their cognitive impact on individuals. Learners come from a variety of scholastic backgrounds that include Master of Education graduates or similar master’s-level graduates of any degree looking to research “outside-the-classroom” technology- and community-based learning.

“GCU treats each of their students as an individual learner, and each learner is prepared for their doctoral journey in a very thorough manner,” explained Michael Lee, a learner in the PhD in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Integrating Technology, Learning and Psychology program. “GCU provided a clear and accurately measured path to achieving my doctoral degree. Before the first class was finished, I had already learned a great deal about my doctoral journey. Not only does GCU provide a clear and attainable path for doctoral learners, but they also provide goals, timelines and resources.”

Integrating Technology, Learning and Psychology vs. Cognition and Instruction

  • The cognition and instruction program is about developing theories, research and strategies for improving instruction and how people gain knowledge from teachers and trainers, primarily in face-to-face environments.
  • The integrating technology, learning and psychology program is about understanding what motivates people to learn on their own and from others socially; learners focus on developing theories, research and strategies to improve that experience.

Quick Look!

  • You can enroll with any MA degree and a college statistics course.
  • You can transfer up to three equivalent doctoral-level courses (9 credits) for approval.
  • Research can be either quantitative or qualitative. Quantitative or qualitative studies are valuable and the program provides instruction in both.
  • All GCU doctoral programs involve learning statistics. The PhD program does cover slightly more stats than the EdD or DBA, so there is a pre-requirement of some stats coursework.

Grand Canyon University’s College of Doctoral Studies allows students to grow and learn in their field. To learn more about GCU’s doctoral programs, visit our website or request more information by using the button at the top of the page.

***Disclosure: This program is not APA accredited – this is because it is not a clinical-based, counseling degree that requires APA accreditation– only regional accreditation (Higher Learning Commission/HLC). This program does not lead to licensure.