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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.

How to apply

Careers

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

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

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)

"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 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