The MA program in learning sciences emphasizes an understanding that learning happens in many places other than traditional school settings, and in doing so focuses on the power of design thinking to improve educational systems.
The curriculum’s systems-level approach includes cognitive, social and contextual factors as well as the interactions among them.
Individualized guidance provides students with the support they need to succeed in today’s rapidly evolving educational environment. Students work with faculty to determine whether they’ll conduct an applied project or complete a research thesis study. Applied projects provide evidence of mastery of the skills and knowledge obtained through the program, while a thesis project requires students to complete a research study within an area of inquiry in the learning sciences and also has the potential for scholarly recognition.
Graduates of the program are equipped to design effective learning and teaching systems in a broad range of settings such as museums, libraries, workplaces and schools. The program prepares students to become leaders in the development, integration and improvement of these systems.