Learning Sciences Degree Requirements

The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, those requirements outlined in The Graduate School Policy Guide.

Master's

Courses Units
Foundations (two required) 2
LRN_SCI 403: Foundations of the Learning Sciences
LRN_SCI 425: Introduction to Design for the Learning Sciences
Design (one or more) 1
LRN_SCI 429: Design of Learning Environments
LRN_SCI 426: Design of Technological Tools for Thinking and Learning
Sociocultural Context (one or more) 1
LRN_SCI 451: Culture, Curriculum & Achievement
LRN_SCI 402: Social Dimensions of Teaching and Learning
Master’s Project (one course and one non-credit summer study) 1
LRN_SCI 499: Independent Study
TGS 588: Resident Master’s Study
Electives 4
Total required units: 9

Other MA Degree Requirements

  • Examinations: none specified
  • Research/Projects: master's project required in lieu of thesis; project has two foci: (1) technology design and implementation, and (2) cognitive or social-interaction analysis of a learning environment
  • Master's Thesis: see Research/Projects
  • Other: portfolio of work during master's program reviewed by faculty advisor and one other faculty member; portfolio review considered capstone experience for master's candidates

PhD

Courses Units
Required courses:
LRN_SCI 401: Knowledge Representation for the Learning Sciences 1
LRN_SCI 402: Social Dimensions of Teaching and Learning 1
LRN_SCI 403: Foundations of the Learning Sciences 1
LRN_SCI 425: Introduction to Design for the Learning Sciences 1
LRN_SCI 451: Field Methods 1
LRN_SCI 451: Advanced Qualitative Methods 1
LRN_SCI 451: Quantitative Methods 1 1
LRN_SCI 451: Quantitative Methods 2 1
Two of the following courses: 2
LRN_SCI 426: Design of Technological Tools for Thinking and Learning
LRN_SCI 429: Design of Learning Environments
EECS 430: Design of Interactive Learning Environments
EECS 472: Designing and Constructing Models With Multi-Agent Languages
Program seminars or University graduate-level courses 5
Total required units: 15

Other PhD Degree Requirements

  • Examinations: written qualifying exam taken during summer after second year
  • Research/Projects: research presentation and paper after second year; pre-dissertation research project
  • Teaching: serve as teaching assistant for at least two courses
  • PhD Dissertation: based upon independent research
  • Final Evaluations: oral defense of dissertation research