PhD in Learning Sciences ProgramThe Learning Sciences doctoral degree program prepares graduates to advance the understanding and practice of teaching and learning. Research and course work emphasize instructional, technological, and social policy innovations and the design of effective learning and teaching environments. This program is intended for people with a wide variety of interests, including research, teaching and training, software development, school administration and the study and reform of learning environments.
Northwestern University's Learning Sciences program was the first of its kind in the nation. The program was developed with the understanding that design, cognition and sociocultural contexts are core areas for approaching learning and teaching in formal and informal settings. The curriculum and research projects in the Learning Sciences program exemplify continued focus in these areas.
In this multidisciplinary program, Learning Sciences faculty are affiliated with a number of Northwestern University departments, including computer science and psychology. These affiliations demonstrate our commitment to the idea that successful research in learning sciences requires multidisciplinary perspectives, methods and collaborations.