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.
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Northwestern University Professor Dan P. McAdams, Director of the Foley Center for the Study of Lives, will present a talk titled “Authoring a Life: Narrative, Identity, Redemption, and Donald Trump,” for the inaugural SESP graduate programs gathering from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 12 in room GO2 at Annenberg Hall. Food from Pita Inn will be served.
Northwestern University Professor Cynthia Coburn has received one-year, $70,000 grant to study how schools are creating stronger and more seamless connections between preschool and elementary school.
An interactive tabletop experience that teaches the basics of computer coding is under development in collaboration with Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry as part of a national effort to bring computing out of the classroom and into informal learning spaces.