Learning & Instruction Doctoral Program


Learning and instruction is the application of psychological principles and concepts to solve problems in educational and training settings. Our program examines individual differences, cognitive and social development, learning and motivational theory, instructional design, curriculum delivery, classroom management, and assessment through research and hands-on experience.

Program Progression

First Year | Portfolio REVIEW

The cohort of first year students takes the four required foundation core courses (Applied Educational Statistics, Research Methods in Education, Cognitive Psychology and Psychological Foundations of Education).There are specified requirements for each course which are included in the students' qualifying portfolio. All students are conditionally admitted until they pass the portfolio review process. Once they pass the portfolio review, students are fully admitted into the Learning & Instruction doctoral program.

Year Two

We require students to take Advanced Statistics in the fall of their second year and Educational and Psychological Measurement in the spring of their second year. Additional courses taken in the second year are arranged in consultation with the students' advisor.

Year Three

Students continue to take additional coursework which fulfills their individual needs and interests. Most students are ready to take the Dissertation Proposal Seminar in the spring of their third year.

Year Four

Students may complete their coursework in year four and enroll in Dissertation Proposal Development.

Year Five

Students complete the program by successfully defending their dissertation research in Dissertation Research and Writing. Many students are able to devote year five to working solely on their dissertation, but some students may still have one or two regular courses to complete.

See the SOE Doctoral Student Handbook for information on guidelines and procedures

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