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Learning Sciences and Human Development Ph.D.

Degrees Offered

Nature of the Program

Scholars in the Learning Sciences and Human Development (LSHD) study learning and development where it happens: in classrooms and on playgrounds, in community centers and on street corners, at kitchen tables and in barber shops, in forests and in fields. Our empirical inquiries are guided by theories of cognition, development, culture, and design. Our program includes a diverse range of faculty from the LSHD department - as well as many faculty affiliates from departments across the college and university - to support innovative and interdisciplinary projects.

Our PhD program positions students for success through extensive research and teaching apprenticeships, support to accomplish authentic research milestones – including published journal articles and national conference presentations, funding for at least three years, and carefully scaffolded coursework designed to guide doctoral work at each stage of the process. Each cohort travels through core courses and milestones together, providing a peer network to complement faculty support.

In addition to the PhD in Learning Sciences and Human Development, students will select a specialization track in Cognition & Learning, Human Development & Family Sciences, Instructional Design & Technology, Research, Evaluation, & Analysis, or a individually-designed track in consultation with advisors.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the LSHD doctorate, graduates will be prepared to:
  • Create original research that advances the field
  • Be a reflective, ethical, and effectual professional
  • Apply research and theory to timely issues
  • Critically evaluate scholarship, policy, and practice in order to promote equity, access, and social justice

Contact Us

Questions: Please do not hesitate to get in touch with questions.

Malayna Bernstein, Ph.D.

Director, Learning Sciences Programs
Allen Hall 508-G

Reagan Curtis, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair  
Allen Hall 506-E

Dana Musick

Administrative Secretary Senior
Allen Hall 506-B