Learning Sciences and Human Development is a graduate study option that focuses on the nature and interaction of learning, development, and culture in a variety of settings. We study learning and development where they happen: in families, communities, workplaces, and schools from pre-school to college. We are an interdisciplinary group working at local, state, national, and international levels with a shared focus on equity. Our research approaches are diverse, from ethnography to design-based research to survey and experimental methods. Despite this diversity, we are unified in our interest and commitment to how our work can improve the lives of real people in real places. We involve students in innovative research around these issues, supported by federal, state, and private funding sources.
Our students gain technical and intellectual foundations for practice in a variety of research and educational settings. Graduates of the master's program can be found working as educators in settings such as museums and nonprofit organizations and as researchers and consultants in public and private sector positions ranging from schools to software design. Graduates of the doctoral program often take university faculty positions.
This program does not lead to state teaching certification.