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.
Masters in Learning Sciences
Students learn to advance the understanding and practice of teaching and learning in formal and informal settings.
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.
Stay current with the latest news from our Learning Sciences program.
David Rapp's research on misinformation offers important insights into why we tend to rely on misinformation, according to an article in Teaching Current Directions in Psychological Science, an APS blog aimed at integrating cutting edge research into the classroom.
The 74 reports that SESP professor David Uttal is skeptical that Pokemon Go can counter the summer slide in academics, but he says it does provide opportunities for learning.
President Barack Obama has reappointed Northwestern University faculty member Larry Hedges to the National Board for Education Sciences to continue serving as a key member of the educational advisory team.