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Educational Psychology
250 Education Sciences Bldg
56 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Voice: 612-624-6083

Psychological Foundations/QME
250 Education Sciences Bldg
56 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN
55455-0364 USA

Tel: 612-624-0042
Fax: 612-624-8241

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.

How to apply


Degrees & 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


Learning and cognition / educational technology

William M. BartWilliam M. Bart
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Panayiota Andrea Kendeou
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Robert D. TennysonRobert D. Tennyson
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Keisha Varma
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Sashank VarmaSashank Varma
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Steve YussenSteve Yussen
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Martin Van Boekel | Email

“The professors and everyone involved in the program are amazing. The department fosters a community of researchers where students are encouraged and supported in exploring their own interests.”


Soo-hyum Im | Email

"I help build a meaningful foundation of support for educators’ instructional strategies and the development of students’ learning skills using neuroscience.”

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