PhD in Educational Psychology, Learning Sciences
The Learning Sciences PhD program in the department of Educational Psychology allows students to work closely with Learning Sciences faculty in an apprenticeship-based model. Our program has a particular emphasis on building and studying learning environments of all kinds, with particular emphasis on learning enhanced by technology such as intelligent tutors, simulations, etextbooks, educational software, and games. Students study learning in formal and informal environments and use qualitative and quantitative methods to design and evaluate learning in a range of disciplines. As doctoral candidates, students develop and establish research plans that address critical, current research questions that overlap with fields such as cognitive science, educational psychology, computer science, applied linguistics, and anthropology, and sociology. Under the supervision of a faculty advisor, students complete their required coursework, defend a Major Area Paper, pass preliminary exams, submit a dissertation proposal, and defend a dissertation thesis.
Students who do not have a Masters Degree but are interested in pursuing a PhD in Learning Sciences are welcome and encouraged to apply to the PhD program. Students interested in the PhD program are typically admitted for 2 years of coursework and receive a Masters in Education. Successful candidates continue on to PhD-level study.
MS in Educational Psychology, Learning Sciences (Terminal Masters Program)
The Learning Sciences area offers a Terminal Masters program where students complete the required coursework, a first year research project, and a Major Area Paper.
MS in Educational Psychology, Learning Sciences (Special Emphasis Master’s Program)
The Learning Sciences area participates in the Department’s Special Emphasis Master’s degree program, which is designed for professionals who plan to remain in their work setting. These programs involve study toward a non-thesis Master’s degree. The program is built around educator needs and offers a flexible blend of coursework, independent study, and practicum experiences. It is designed to provide the student with an individualized program of theoretical and applied training, tailored to his or her interests, needs, and professional goals.