Ph.D. in Education Program: Learning, Cognition, Instruction, and Development Concentration

    Program Overview

    ATTENTION NEW APPLICANTS: The GRE is NO LONGER REQUIRED for applications to the Ph.D. in Education program.

    The concentration in Learning, Cognition, Instruction, and Development (LCID) within the Ph.D. in Education program prepares students to carry out research on learning and teaching within 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.

    Expert faculty advisors at the GSE will mentor Ph.D. in Education students in the LCID concentration  and guide them in developing the broad base of knowledge and research skills needed to design and investigate methods of improving learning and teaching in various learning environments. Though students will specialize in just one area of study, they are encouraged and can expect to also learn about one or more other areas to develop stronger educational interventions and research designs.

    The following LCID specializations are available:

    Click on the specialization title listed above for specific requirements and more information. You may also review the Ph.D. Student Handbook.

    Program Details

    Application Deadline

    Dec 1

    Entry Term(s)

    Fall

    Program Level

    Doctoral

    Program Type

    Degree

    Format

    On-Campus

    Credits

    72

  • What You’ll Learn

    Students enrolled in the Ph.D. in Education program and LCID concentration can expect to exit with the ability to think critically about a wide range of the central theories on learning, conduct high-quality original research, communicate and share research effectively, and teach at the university level. Through completion of courses required for their specialization, students will develop a thorough understanding and expertise in one particular domain. They should exit the program with a broad knowledge of the literature in the field and an appreciation of the range of research methods that have been used to advance it. Completion of the program will require the student to complete a dissertation, including a proposal that describes research questions and the methods used to study them. Then the student carries out the investigation to explore those questions and later presents their findings.

    For more information about the courses in this program, please visit the course catalog and online schedule of classes.

  • Program Requirements
    • 72 Graduate Course Credits
      •       6 Credits – Proseminar Courses
      •     12 Credits – Methodology Requirement    Courses
      •       6 Credits – Cognate Courses
      •       6 Credits – Pre-Thesis Research Courses     
      •      18 Credits – Concentration/Specialization Courses
      •     24 Credits – Dissertation Research

    *Program requirements for the Statistics and Measurement concentration may vary.

    • Qualifying Exam
      • After completing all 48 credits of coursework, students may take the qualifying exam. The qualifying exam is intended for students to demonstrate that they have attained some degree of expertise in the area that suggests they will be able to successfully complete a dissertation project in the area. The exam has both a written and oral component. It is recommended that the qualifying exam be completed by the end of the  student’s third year in the program (with some exception for part-time students).
    • Dissertation 
      • Each candidate for the doctorate pursues, under faculty direction, an original investigation of a problem or problems in a field of concentration and presents the results of the investigation in a dissertation. This doctoral work is completed in 24 research credits. Candidates are expected to complete a proposal that reviews the relevant literature, poses research questions and the methods used to study them. Then the candidate carries out the investigation to explore those questions.

    The Ph.D. in Education requires students to complete 48 credits of graduate-level coursework and 24 credits of dissertation research. Students will take pre-thesis courses designed to enhance their ability to conduct scholarly research and can expect to receive support from their faculty advisor and other Ph.D. in Education faculty as appropriate. As part of the Learning, Cognition, Instruction, and Development concentration, students must also earn six of the 18 required specialty course credits through completion of classes outside the faculty advisor’s specialty.

  • Faculty

    Specialization in Early Childhood Education
    Nora E. Hyland
    Carrie Lobman
    Sharon K. Ryan

    Specialization in Educational Psychology
    Clark A. Chinn
    Janice Gobert
    Susan L. Golbeck
    Matthew J. Mayer
    Lorraine D. McCune
    Angela M. O’Donnell
    Saundra M. Tomlinson-Clarke
    Dake Zhang

    Specialization in Human Development
    Susan L. Golbeck
    Lorraine D. McCune
    Saundra M. Tomlinson-Clarke

    Specialization in Language Education
    Mary Elizabeth Curran

    Specialization in Learning Sciences
    Dan Battey
    Clark A. Chinn
    Ravit Golan Duncan
    Eugenia Etkina
    Drew Gitomer
    Janice Gobert
    Susan L. Golbeck
    Gerald A. Goldin
    Rebecca Jordan
    Carolyn A. Maher
    Lorraine D. McCune
    Juan Pablo Mejía-Ramos
    Angela M. O’Donnell
    Arthur B. Powell
    Keith Weber

    Specialization in Literacy Education
    Alisa Belzer
    Cheryl A. McLean
    Lesley M. Morrow

    Specialization in Mathematics Education
    Dan Battey
    Eugenia Etkina
    Rick Falk
    Gerald A. Goldin
    Carolyn A. Maher
    Juan Pablo Mejía-Ramos
    Naftaly Minsky
    Arthur B. Powell
    Fred Roberts
    Michael Saks
    Keith Weber

    Specialization in Science Education
    Eugenia Etkina
    Ravit Golan Duncan

    Specialization in Social Studies Education
    Benjamin Justice
    Beth C. Rubin

    Specialization in Special Education
    Judith R. Harrison
    Matthew J. Mayer
    Angela M. O’Donnell
    Dake Zhang

    Specialization in Statistics & Measurement
    Chia-Yi Chiu

  • Careers and Outcomes

    Graduates of the Ph.D. in Education program are expected to influence educational practice in the United States and abroad through original research efforts, thereby contributing to the advancement of knowledge in education, discovering exemplary educational practices, and contributing to local and national educational policy. GSE graduates most commonly go on to conduct research in higher education, policy organizations, governmental, and nongovernmental organizations concerned with education. 

  • Admissions Requirements
    • Personal Statement
    • Three Letters of Recommendation
    • Official Undergraduate Transcripts
    • Official Graduate Transcripts (if applicable)
    • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
    • Sample of Academic Writing 

    GRE Scores are also required for the specialization in Statistics and Measurement. It will not be taken into account for all other specializations.

    For more information on this program’s admissions requirements, visit the Office of the Graduate and Professional Admissions website.

    *Any test scores submitted must be less than 5 years old as of the application deadline

  • How to Apply
    1. Collect the materials required for admission
    2. Submit your application online at http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/
    3. Submit supporting materials online or by mail to the Graduate Admissions Office:

    Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
    Rutgers. The State University of New Jersey
    56 Bevier Rd, ASB Annex I
    Piscataway, NJ 08854, U.S.A.

    Download the complete guide on how to apply for the Ph.D. in Education Program with Concentration in Learning, Cognition, Instruction, and Development at the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education.

  • Tuition & Financial Assistance

    Tuition

    For tuition and fees information please visit the tuition landing page.

    Financial Aid:

    While students are encouraged to apply for federal student aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), there are a number of other merit- and need-based support options, including loans and college work-study programs within and external to Rutgers. For more information, please visit the Office of Financial Aid website.

    Scholarships, Fellowships & Assistantships:

    Generous GSE alumni, friends, and community members have established and continue to donate to more than one dozen fellowships and scholarships to help deserving students reach their goals. These awards are granted on the basis of academic achievement and or financial need. While these awards are competitive, interested students are encouraged to apply for consideration and submit the required materials. Students must also submit a FAFSA application to be eligible.  

    To review all current awards and learn more about the donors that established them, please click here.

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