The UW M.Ed program in Learning Sciences and Human Development is a unique blend of these two specializations within the field of education research, both with a strong focus on issues of equity. The program comprises an articulated sequence of courses and experiences designed to allow full-time students to graduate in two years.

The LSHD M.Ed. Course of Study details required and recommended courses and sequence. It includes required core courses in Learning Sciences and Human Development:

  • EDPSY 542A  Proseminar in Learning Sciences & Human Development
  • EDPSY 501 Human Learning and Educational Practice
  • EDPSY 502 Developmental Foundations of Early Learning
  • EDPSY 503 Culture, Learning and Development 
  • EDPSY 532 Adolescence and Youth       

Also required is a year-long cohort-based seminar (EDPSY 581) designed to facilitate students’ navigation of the program, at least one course in the foundations of education (e.g., Education as a Moral Endeavor, History of Education, Philosophy of Education, Sociology of Education, or Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction), and two quantitative research methods and one qualitative research methods course (EDPSY 490 Basic Educational Statistics, EDPSY 517 Applied Measurement in Educational Research, and either EDPSY 581 Design-Based Research I or EDLPS 558 Introduction to Qualitative Methods).

Additional coursework reflects four  intellectual strands with multiple areas of focus within each:

  •   Culture and Learning within and across Domains
  •   Culture and Development across the Life Course
  •   Learning across Environments
  •   Learning to Resist Opression & Promote Cultural Resurgance

Students must have a specialization (3-4 courses in one major strand), plus at least one course in two other supplemental strands.  Additional courses in research methods are recommended, tailored to the interests and goals of individual students. See the above course of study for suggested courses in each strand.

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