The UW M.Ed program in Learning Sciences and Human Development is a unique blend of these two specializations within the field of education research, both with a strong focus on issues of equity. The program comprises an articulated sequence of courses and experiences designed to allow full-time students to graduate in two years.

The course of study includes required core courses in learning, learning sciences, and human development:

  • EDPSY 581 Proseminar in Learning Sciences & Human Development
  • EDPSY 501 Human Learning and Educational Practice
  • EDPSY 502 Developmental Foundations of Early Learning
  • EDPSY 503 Culture, Learning and Development 
  • EDPSY 532 Adolescence and Youth       

Also required is a year-long cohort-based seminar designed to facilitate students’ navigation of the program, at least one course in the foundations of education (e.g., history of education, philosophy of education, sociology of education), and three research methods courses (EDPSY 490 Basic Educational Statistics; EDPSY 591 Methods of Educational Research, and either EDPSY 581 Design-Based Research I or EDLPS 558 Introduction to Qualitative Methods).

Additional coursework reflects three major intellectual strands with multiple areas of focus within each:

  •   Culture and Learning within and across Domains
  •   Culture and Development across the Life Course
  •   Equity and Contexts
                 
    From among the three strands, students are required to choose a major strand (and typically a focus within it), with typically a minimum of four courses taken that represent that major strand. Students must also take at least one course in each of the other two supplemental strands. Additional courses in research methods are recommended, tailored to the interests and goals of individual students.

Example Courses

These are just sample courses. Your job is to construct a coherent specialization. You will need to decide your specializations within the foundational strands and your course work with your advisor. You should look broadly across the college to develop your specialization. Furthermore, many of our courses could be positioned in multiple strands and your specialization may be carved across more than one strand.

Culture & Learning Within and Across Domains


EDPSY 519

Reading Disabilities

EDPSY 581

Youth Literacy

EDPSY 510

Contemporary perspectives on teaching and learning in K-12 science

EDC&I 571

Ambitious Learning by Design in Science/Math

EDC&I 575/576

Core Course in Mathematics Education

EDC&I 571

Ambitious Learning by Design in Science/Math

EDPSY 581

Psychology of Math

EDPSY 515

Current Issues in Technology and Education

Culture & Development Across the Life Course


EDPSY 509

Educational Issues in Human Development

EDPSY 531

Socialization of the School-Age Child

EDPSY 519

Vulnerable Children & Families

EDPSY 535

Education and the Highly Capable Learner

EDPSY 532

Adolescent Development

Equity & Contexts


EDPSY 581

Place Based Education

EDPSY 528

Achievement Motivation

EDLPS 520

Education as Moral Endeavor

EDC&I 523

Conceptions of Race, Equity and Social Justice in Mathematics Education

 

Any course with “Equity Studies” tag

REQUIRED COURSES AND SEQUENCE

The following tables reflect the recommended sequence of courses across two years, which will develop into the final Course of Study required for graduation.

Sequence may be changed for necessary circumstances with permission from your advisor.

Course Prefix and Number Course Title Credits

FALL QUARTER YEAR 1


EDPSY 501

Human Learning and Educational Practice

3

EDPSY 581B

Proseminar in LSHD

2

EDPSY 581A

Cohort Advising

1

CHOICE

Major Strand, Supporting Strand, or Foundations Course

4

WINTER QUARTER YEAR 1

EDPSY 490

Basic Educational Statistics

3

EDPSY 502

Developmental Foundations of Early Learning

3

EDPSY 581A

Cohort Advising

1

Choice

Major Strand, Supporting Strand, or Foundations Course

3

SPRING QUARTER YEAR 1


EDPSY 591

Methods of Educational Research

3

EDPSY 532

Adolescence and Youth or equivalent

3

EDPSY 581A

Cohort Advising

1

CHOICE

Major Strand, Supporting Strand, or Foundations Course

3

FALL QUARTER YEAR 2

EDPSY 503

Culture, Learning, and Development

4

EDPSY 600 or 700

Project/Thesis

1

EDPSY OR CHOICE METHODS

DBR/DBIR for Masters Students
Methods Course (from recommended list)

3

CHOICE

Major or Supporting Strand

3

WINTER QUARTER YEAR 2


EDPSY 600 or 700

Project/Thesis

4

EDPSY 515

Current Issues in Technology and Education

3

CHOICE

Major or Supporting Strand

3

SPRING QUARTER YEAR 2


EDSPY 600 or 700

Project/Thesis

4

CHOICE

Major or Supporting Strand

3

CHOICE

Major or Supporting Strand

3

 

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