Education, Ph.D.
(Learning Sciences and Psychological Studies)

Program of Studies
for students entering Fall 2015

Revised August 2015

Click here for the POS for the Fall 2013 and Fall 2014 Cohorts

Minimum Credit Hours Required: 60

I. Core courses Required for all School of Education Ph.D. Students (16 credit hours)

These required courses are designed to be foundational courses for the rest of the program. As such, doctoral students should plan to take these required courses in their first, or at latest second, year of coursework.

Course Title Credit Hours
EDUC 710 Statistical Analysis of Educational Data I 4 hrs
EDUC 825 Development and Learning 3 hrs
EDUC 830 Field Techniques in Educational Research 3 hrs
  One advanced research methods, any type
(i.e., quantitative, qualitative, mixed)**
varies
EDUC 867 Issues in Ed Policy and Research 3 hrs
EDUC 876 Histories of School and Schooling 3 hrs
**This requirement is automatically satisfied when following the LSPS Core in II below so is not included in credit hour calculations under I.

II. LSPS Core Required for All LSPS Students (29 credit hours)

EDUC 829 Applied Measurement Theory for Education
EDUC 784 Statistical Analysis of Educational Data II 4 hrs
EDUC 824 Research Design
EDUC 915 Introduction to Learning Sciences
EDUC 918 Introduction to Cognitive Science and Sociocultural Perspectives on Learning
EDUC 919 (currently EDUC 890-001 )
Design of Technology-Enhanced Learning Environments
EDUC 871 Design-Based Research
(satisfies advanced methods core requirement)
EDUC 990 Supervised Research
(4 credits minimum. If approved by advisor/POS committee, can be repeated for up to an additional 6 hours as substitute for advanced elective requirements)

III. Advanced Electives in Concentration (9 hours-12 hours)

Any advanced courses designed to deepen students’ knowledge in chosen area of specialization. At least two of these courses may be taken outside the School of Education. Possible areas of specialization within the LSPS program include: Science Learning and Instruction; Mathematics Learning and Instruction; Learning Out of School; Quantitative/Evaluative Methods; Cognitive and Learning Sciences; Design of Technology-Enhanced Learning Environments.

IV. Dissertation Credits (6 hours)

EDUC 994 Dissertation Research (Comprehensive Exam) 6 min

Possible Program of Studies (POS)

This is an example for a student completing the program in 63 hours (taking 3 hours beyond basic requirements). The actual program will vary somewhat by student and will depend upon availability of courses, input from the student’s advisor and POS committee, and the pace the student chooses. This example shows an idealized 4-year program. In reality, many students will need 5 years to complete their program and graduate.

Year 1:
Fall Semester (11 hours)
EDUC 867 Issues in Ed Policy/Research
(or other required PhD Content Core Course)
EDUC 710 Statistical Analysis 4 hrs
EDUC 915 Introduction to Learning Sciences
(Required in first semester of study)
EDUC 990 Supervised Research
(Required as 1 hour cohort seminar in first semester of study)
1 hr
Spring Semester (11 hours)
EDUC 825 Development & Learning
(or other required PhD Content Core Course)
EDUC 824 Research Design
EDUC 784 Statistical Analysis of Educational Data II 4 hrs
EDUC 990 Supervised Research 1 hr
Year 2:
Fall Semester (10 hours)
EDUC XXX Histories of Schooling
(or other required PhD Content Core Course)
EDUC 918 Introduction to Cognitive Science and Sociocultural Perspectives on Learning
EDUC 829 Applied Measurement Theory for Education
EDUC 990 Supervised Research 1 hr
Spring Semester (10 hours)
EDUC 919 (currently EDUC 890-001 )
Design of Technology-Enhanced Learning Environments
EDUC 871 Design-Based Research
(Satisfies core advanced methods requirement)
EDUC 830 Field Techniques
EDUC 990 Supervised Research 1hr
Year 3:
Fall Semester (10 hours)
Elective
Elective
EDUC 990 Supervised Research 1 hr
Spring Semester (5 hours)
EDUC 994 Dissertation Research (Comprehensive Exam) 3 hrs
EDUC 990 Supervised Research 2 hrs
Year 4
Fall Semester (3 hours)
Dissertation Research
Spring Semester (3 hours)
Dissertation Research