The Educational Psychology / Learning Sciences program at the University offers an MA and PhD to students interested in understanding and shaping learning in a number of settings – schools, workplaces, higher education, museums, etc.

The program provides opportunities for engaging with research and considering how the research can best influence instructional practices and student outcomes. Students completing the master’s program are prepared to apply the findings of learning sciences research to the solution of problems in a broad range of educational contexts. The doctoral program encourages and helps students acquire the depth of theoretical and practical knowledge and sophistication of methodology necessary for original research contributions in those fields.

Programs

Overview

The Ph.D. in Educational Psychology requires a minimum of 72 semester hours of graduate credit, and students work closely with an advisor to define a program of study that matches their goals and interests. Coursework includes areas within educational psychology and the learning sciences, including courses in cognition, development, learning theory, instructional design, learning environments, and learning technologies. Other learning opportunities include a research practicum, a minor focus area, and a dissertation in the student’s area of interest.

Visit the degree homepage for more information on admissions requirements, application instructions, and program requirements.

Application Deadlines

  • January 15 (Fall semester)

Late applications may not be considered for funding.

 

Overview

The 30-semester-hour M.A. in Learning Sciences emphasizes the ways theory and research inform our understanding of learners, learning, instruction, and the technology and environments in which learning and instruction occur. Elective opportunities allow students to develop a multidisciplinary specialization, including technology and media, human development and motivation, and measurement and evaluation. The capstone experience is an internship/practicum that allows the student to apply knowledge of the Learning Sciences.

Visit the degree homepage for more information on admissions requirements, application instructions, and program requirements.

Application Deadlines

  • January 15 (Fall semester)
  • October 1 (Spring semester)

Late applications may not be considered for funding.

The Certificate in Online Teaching requires 12 s.h. of graduate credit and is offered completely online. This post-baccalaureate certificate program develops students' skills in using technology to enhance learning environments, and also solve instructional problems associated with distance and time. The online format of this program incorporates and models the techniques and approaches that will be taught in the certificate courses themselves.

The Certificate in Online Teaching is an online program designed to prepare degree­ and non­degree seeking graduate students for the realities of online teaching and to help them expand their career options.

The undergraduate minor in educational psychology requires 15 s.h., including at least 12 s.h. earned at the University of Iowa and 12 s.h. earned in courses numbered 3000 or above. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.50 in all courses for the minor. Course work in the minor may not be taken pass/nonpass. Transfer credit must be approved in order for it to count toward the minor. The minor is open to all students enrolled in an undergraduate degree program.

The minor provides an enriched background in educational psychology, educational testing, and research methods in education. Students earning the minor select a department advisor, who helps them choose appropriate course work. It does not lead to certification for public school teaching.

Contact the Office of Student Services for more information about the minor.

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