Ph.D. Concentration in Learning, Cognition, Instruction & Development

Program Details

Area(s) of Study:
  • Early Childhood
  • Educational Psychology
  • Human Development
  • Language Education
  • Learning Sciences
  • Literacy Education
  • Mathematics Education
  • Science Education
  • Social Studies Education
  • Special Education
  • Statistics and Measurement
Associated Degree:
  • Ph.D.
  • On-Campus
Program Level:
  • Doctoral
Program Type:
  • Degree


The concentration in Learning, Cognition, Instruction, and Development within the Ph.D. in Education program prepares students to carry out research on learning and teaching in classrooms and other settings. Interdisciplinary study is encouraged within this concentration, which focuses on:

  • how people think;
  • how knowledge is conveyed;
  • how understanding is acquired;
  • how human beings develop in learning environments; and
  • the ingredients of effective teaching.

Students can specialize in areas of faculty expertise, with opportunities for research in interdisciplinary studies and these specializations:

We help our students to develop the broad base of knowledge and research skills needed to design and investigate methods of improving learning and teaching in real-world learning environments. Students specialize in one area of study but learn about one or more other areas, allowing them to develop stronger educational interventions and research designs.

Click on the link for each specialization listed above for information on specific courses and faculty members.


Please visit to apply. (Online applications are required.)

Applications are due by December 1 for fall admission.

Students applying to this program will need:

  • Transcripts from their undergraduate program and for any other degree they have received.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • A personal statement that describes why you are interested in studying education at Rutgers. We are especially interested in knowing what your research interests are and with which faculty members you would like to work.
  • GRE scores (from within the last five years) -verbal, quantitative, and analytic writing are necessary. For more information on the GRE, please go to

Please refer to the GSE website for details about programs, faculty, admissions criteria, financial aid, and tuition. Questions about admissions procedures are answered by Graduate and Professional Admissions at the website listed above.



Program Requirements

The Ph.D. in Education requires 48 credits of coursework and 24 credits of dissertation research. All students in the Learning, Cognition, Instruction, and Development concentration take a common set of courses, accumulating 18 credits within the concentration, of which 6 credits must be classes within the concentration but outside the faculty adviser’s specialty. For a complete listing of degree requirements, please contact the Office of Student and Academic Services.