Learning, Cognition & Development

Program Details

Area(s) of Study:
  • Educational Psychology
Associated Degree:
  • Ed.M.
  • On-Campus
  • Online
Program Level:
  • Masters
Program Type:
  • Degree


PLEASE NOTE: The Learning, Cognition, and Development program is now accepting applications for the summer semester.

The Ed.M. in Learning, Cognition, and Development is intended for students wishing to study the psychology of human learning, cognition, and development as it applies to education. This program serves as an enriching theoretical background for the education professional and/or a foundation for further study at the doctoral level. The study of how human beings learn, think, and grow forms the academic core of a variety of educational careers and applied doctoral programs and allows the student with an interest in psychology to obtain a master’s degree while keeping options open concerning future employment and/or possible doctoral training.

The program’s learning goals are:

  1. Attain mastery of psychological constructs and theories relevant to learning, cognition and development.
  2. Appropriately apply these psychological constructs and theories to educational settings and related applied contexts.
  3. Achieve skill in the critical evaluation of empirical evidence related to the psychology of education.
  4. Attain competence in oral and written communication on topics within educational psychology.

Students matriculating into the program will benefit from a background in academic psychology. Students admitted without this background may need to elect more than the minimum of 30 credits. A completed research project is required of students planning to pursue doctoral work.


Applications can be completed online. Applications are due by February 1 for fall admission, by October 15 for spring admission, and by May 15 for summer admission.

For information on financial aid opportunities, please see the GSE's Fellowships, Scholarships & Assistantships page.

Program Requirements

A complete listing of degree requirements for the on-campus program is available for download.

A complete listing of degree requirements for the online LCD program is also available for download.

Accepted students will have 5 years to complete the program, from the beginning of any course work to be counted toward the program.

If you have more specific questions about either concentration, please contact Angela M. O'Donnell.