Learning Sciences

Learning Sciences

PhD and Masters in Learning Sciences

Learning sciences advances understanding of the learning process and the design of innovative learning environments. This interdisciplinary, research-based field originated at Northwestern University, where the School of Education and Social Policy started the first learning sciences program in the world to help people develop the skills needed for an increasingly complex world.


PhD in Learning Sciences

Students become qualified as researchers, developers and practitioners who advance the scientific understanding and practice of teaching and learning.


PhD in Computer Science and Learning Sciences (CS+LS)

This program builds on enduring and growing connections between research on learning and computation.

Masters in Learning Sciences

Students learn to advance the understanding and practice of teaching and learning in formal and informal settings.



Paulo Blikstein Nichole Pinkard Erica Halverson

Meet Our Learning Sciences Alumni


Alumni of the Learning Sciences program advance to leadership positions in academic, nonprofit and business organizations. Master's graduates work as educational designers, consultants, training providers and school technologists. PhD graduates excel as researchers with universities, government agencies and private firms.

See what our Learning Sciences PhD alumni are doing.

News

Stay current with the latest news from our Learning Sciences program.

Fuse Grant Recipient Launches Program in Peoria

Failure is an opportunity in Greg Gilson’s first-hour class, the FUSE studio at Manual Academy, said Pam Adams in the Peoria Journal Star. “There are no assignments, no classroom lectures, no traditional grades.”

Vossoughi, Pinkard Win Diversity Grants

School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) learning scientists Shirin Vossoughi and Nichole Pinkard have received 2017-18 Daniel I. Linzer Grants for Innovation in Diversity and Equity from the Northwestern University Office of the Provost

Reiser Receives $2.5 Million McDonnell Foundation Grant

Brian Reiser, professor of learning sciences, has received a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the James S. McDonnell Foundation to study how to best support science teachers as they integrate new practices into the classroom.

Contact Us

Learning Sciences Program School of Education and Social Policy

2120 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
Northwestern University

Phone: 847/491-7494

Email: ls-programs@mail.sesp.northwestern.edu