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Learning and cognition/
educational technology MA and PhD

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.


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


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

Master's of Arts (PhD)

MA curriculum (33-34 credits)

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)

PhD 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


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


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.


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

How to apply

Alumni profile

"One of the best part of my graduate school experience was the cohort I was in. I took classes and worked on projects along with a group of peers. These friendships are still part of my life and I collaborate on research projects with two members of my cohort."

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Virginia Clinton, PhD '11 Assistant professor, University of North Dakota

Read more about Virginia's experience.

Faculty and instructors

Learning and cognition / educational technology

William M. Bart headshot

William M. | Lab

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

Panayiota Andrea KendeouDirector of graduate studies, Guy Bond Chair in reading | Lab

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

Keisha | 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 | 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 | 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
Martin Van Boekel headshot

Martin Van Boekel Lecturer

  • Cognitive biases (ie., hindsight bias)
  • Source credibility
  • Informal learning environments (ie. school-organized sports)