Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) - Learning & Instruction Sciences Concentration


Program is temporarily suspending admissions as the faculty work on revising the program. 

The concentration in Learning and Instruction Sciences is targeted for those who are oriented toward careers in college/university teaching, research, instructional practices, and data management (e.g., in school systems, corporations, etc.).  The focus of the program will be on training students to understand and integrate major theories in the field of Educational Psychology and key instructional approaches, and apply that knowledge to research and evaluation practices.  

The program subscribes to the scientist-practitioner model and has a strong emphasis on theory, research, and evidence-based practices.  The program strives to train students to draw on empirical literature and scholarly inquiries. The program includes the study of educational psychology, which includes in depth coverage of psychology and education, especially different aspects of human development, motivation, learning processes, and human diversity.  Students are also trained in the areas of research design, methodology, and analyses so that the process of scientific inquires are clearly understood.  Complementing this knowledge and skill base is an additional emphasis on instructional technology.  With a strong foundation in the theoretical and empirical research literature in this combination of areas, and skills in conducting research and evaluation in general, students are prepared for a number of careers and in a variety of settings, as noted above. This program does not lead to certification as a school psychologist or licensing as a Licensed Psychologist in the professional practice of psychology. 

Graduates of the Ph.D. program in Learning and Instruction Sciences will be able to demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Students will be able to conduct research related to human learning and performance and instruction, and interpret this research as well as other existing research in the field to practitioners in other areas of specialization.
  • Students will be able to apply the principles of educational psychology to problems and issues in various educational and community environments.
  • Students will develop competency as instructors of Educational Psychology in the college and university settings and be able to aid these institutions in evaluating and achieving their educational missions.

Learning & Instruction Science concentration brochure