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Learning & cognition/
educational technology M.A. & Ph.D.

Make improvements in education through psychology, science, and technology

As a student in the program, you’ll study the psychological processes critical to education. Research in our program focuses on cognitive and social-emotional development, including high-level cognition and factors shaping and enhancing learning throughout the lifespan. You'll use this knowledge to develop better educational processes and procedures for schools and other educational agencies, businesses, human and social service organizations, health care providers, government agencies, and more.

Careers

  • Faculty (Ph.D only)
  • Research scientists at universities and companies
  • Human service organizations, health care units
  • Government agencies

Coursework

A master's degree is not required to apply for the doctoral program.

Master's of Arts (M.A.)

M.A. curriculum (33-34 credits)

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)

Ph.D. curriculum (72 credits)

What you'll study

  • Cognitive processes
  • Scientific reasoning
  • Problem solving
  • Teaching effectiveness
  • Intelligence
  • Dynamic-based simulations
  • Learning from texts
  • Software and courseware design
  • Reading and language
  • Adaptive learning systems
  • Technology-enhanced learning
  • Conceptual change
  • Mathematical cognition

Tuition

Visit the College of Education and Human Development's Finance and Funding page for information on tuition.

Funding

Fellowships & awards

Submit your application materials by Dec. 1, and you’ll automatically be considered for Graduate School fellowships and departmental awards based on scholastic achievement. Notification of awards will be sent in March.

Graduate assistantships

Get paid to work as a teaching assistant, graduate instructor or research assistant. Graduate assistantships are available through the department, College of Education and Human Development, and the University.

Note: Applicants who complete their applications by the March 1 deadline will be less likely to receive graduate assistantships than students who meet the Dec. 1 deadline.

Financial aid

Visit OneStop Student Services for more information on available financial aid.

Scholarships

Visit the College of Education and Human Development’s Awards page for scholarship information.

How to apply

"I joined the department for the opportunity to pursue my interests and to get top-quality research training and mentorship."

Reese Butterfuss headshot

Reese Butterfuss Ph.D. student | butte069@umn.edu

Interests: Knowledge revision and learning in the context of reading

Work: Reese's past work research on reading assessment and academic interventions. Currently, his work explores the individual differences in knowledge revision.

Faculty

Learning and cognition / educational technology

William M. Bart headshot

William M. Bartbartx001@umn.edu | Lab

  • Relationships among cognition, instruction, and testing
  • Gifted and talented education
  • Chess expertise
Panayiota Andrea Kendeou headshot

Panayiota Andrea Kendeoukend0040@umn.edu | Lab

  • Cognitive processes in reading comprehension
  • Change of pre-existing beliefs and misconceptions
  • Technology-based comprehension interventions and assessments
Robert D. Tennyson headshot

Robert D. Tennysonrtenny@umn.edu | Lab

  • Cognitive processes in reading comprehension
  • Change of pre-existing beliefs and misconceptions
  • Technology-based comprehension interventions and assessments
Keisha Varma

Keisha Varmakeisha@umn.edu | Lab

  • Cognitive processes in science learning
  • Scientific visualizations and student learning outcomes
  • Teacher knowledge development and effective teaching practice
Sashank Varma headshot

Sashank Varma Program coordinator
sashank@umn.edu | Lab

  • Understanding of abstract mathematical concepts
  • Long-term memory and language understanding
  • Computational models of mathematical reasoning, language understanding, and spatial problem solving
Steve Yussen headshot

Steve Yussensyussen@umn.edu | Lab

  • Memory and comprehension of stories
  • Narrative exchanges between children and parents (e.g., storybook reading, reminiscence)
  • The role of culture on narrative storytelling and memory