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Current Program of Study

The program of studies, i.e., the courses and curriculum for the Ph.D. in Education, Learning Sciences and Psychological Studies (LSPS), is a minimum of 60 credit hours, made up of 4 parts:

Ph.D. Core Courses

The following 19 credit hours are required for all Ph.D. candidates. As these are intended to be foundational courses for the rest of the program, you should plan to take them in your first, or at the latest second, year of coursework.

  • EDUC 710: Statistical Analysis of Educational Data (or prerequisite), 4 hrs
  • EDUC 825: Development and Learning, 3 hrs
  • EDUC 830: Field Techniques in Educational Research, 3 hrs
  • EDUC 867: Issues in Ed Policy and Research, 3 hrs
  • EDUC 876: Histories of Schooling: Culture, Curriculum, and Change, 3 hrs
  • 1 advanced research methods course, any type (i.e., quantitative, qualitative, mixed), 3 hrs

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LSPS Core Courses

You are required to complete the following 29 credit hours for the LSPS strand:

  • EDUC 784: Statistical Analysis of Educational Data II, 3 hrs
  • EDUC 824: Research Design, 3 hrs
  • EDUC 829: Applied Measurement Theory for Education, 3 hrs
  • EDUC 871: Design-Based Research, 3  hrs
    (satisfies advanced methods course requirements)
  • EDUC 915: Introduction to Learning Sciences, 3 hrs
  • EDUC 918: Introduction to Cognitive Science and Sociocultural Perspectives on Learning, 3 hrs
  • EDUC 919: Design of Technology-Enhanced Learning Environments, 1-3 hrs
    (currently EDUC 890-001)
  • EDUC 990: Supervised Research, 4-6 hrs
    (4 credits minimum. If approved by advisor/POS committee, can be repeated for up to an additional 6 hours as substitute for advanced elective requirements)

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Research Specialization Courses

Research Specialization courses are designed to deepen your knowledge in a chosen area. You can take up to two of these courses outside of the School of Education.

Areas of specialization within the LSPS program are:

  • Science Learning and Instruction;
  • Mathematics Learning and Instruction;
  • Learning Out of School;
  • Quantitative/Evaluative Methods;
  • Cognitive and Learning Sciences;
  • Design of Technology-Enhanced Learning Environments

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Dissertation Course

  • EDUC 994: Doctoral Research and Dissertation, 6 hrs

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