Ph.D. LCID Specialization in Learning Sciences

Program Details

Area(s) of Study:
  • Learning Sciences
Associated Degree:
  • Ph.D.
  • On-Campus
Program Level:
  • Doctoral
Program Type:
  • Degree


Learning sciences is an emerging, interdisciplinary field that tackles key questions about learning and education. This specialization within the Learning, Cognition, Instruction, and Development concentration prepares students for interdisciplinary work investigating contexts and processes of learning and teaching in a variety of school and out-of-school settings.
Through coursework and research experiences, our students are exposed to the three major themes that permeate research and theory in the learning sciences: social context, cognition, and design. Students in the learning sciences draw on theories and research methods that cut across disciplines such as:

  • anthropology;
  • computer science;
  • cognitive science;
  • natural sciences;
  • psychology;
  • linguistics;
  • philosophy; and
  • sociocultural studies.

Our students learn qualitative, quantitative, and design-based research tools, preparing them for rigorous research on understanding how students learn in authentic settings and the environments that learning scientists design. Our specialization faculty focus on learning in a variety of content areas, including science, mathematics, and literacy as well as on collaborative learning and the role of technology.


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Proseminars (6 credits)
Required Research (6 credits)
Methodology (12 credits)
Concentration (18 credits)
Courses will include:
Cognate Courses (6 credits) Dissertation (24 credits)

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.

A complete listing of degree requirements is available for download or at the Office of Student and Academic Services.

If you have more specific questions about this concentration, please contact Clark A. Chinn.