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Why Learning Sciences and Human Development

Are you fascinated by how people develop and learn? Are you an educator seeking to enhance your teaching? Are you interested in educational research and program assessment? If so, pursuing a graduate degree in learning sciences and human development may be for you.

The field integrates branches of psychology (e.g., developmental psychology, behavioral & cognitive psychology) to provide a comprehensive conceptual map of human information processing and life span development.

Educational psychologists influence what we know about the human condition, the world of educational assessment, contexts for teaching & learning, instructional design and development, influences of brain development on learning, and human development over the life span.

Why Miami

Educational psychologists work in a variety of settings that include schools, government and community agencies, as well as private research centers and industry. The learning sciences and human development discipline continues to grow, and we invite you to contribute to that growth through your study and inquiry. In consideration of the array of opportunities, the Learning Sciences and Human Development master’s degree program at Miami University offers you a customized course of study considerate of your academic & career aspirations.

Our graduates have varied career goals. Some of our students are licensed educators who intend to apply the study of learning to their classroom teaching craft. Others who come from family and child development positions will improve their current positions, or secure new opportunities in educational settings. Many students choose to further their educations and pursue doctoral or other advanced degrees, and may become college professors. Students who wish to focus their studies on program evaluation or assessment may find themselves working for school districts, educational service centers or social service organizations.

In addition to the curriculum, our program provides many additional learning opportunities for students. Students may participate in workshops, conduct research and report their findings at national conferences.

Culture and Learning

The program has a rich history of providing an inclusive international environment for our students. Cross-cultural understanding and development have been integral components to the program experience. In addition to their studies, international students in our program participate in many on and off campus activities, engage in U.S. travel and attend professional conferences while completing their master degree studies. Students also have considerable engagement with U.S. citizens and opportunities to share their language and culture with others.

Program Features

  • Customized to academic & career aspirations
  • Integral research and presentation events
  • Inclusive international culture experiences
  • Competitive tuition independent of residency
  • 4+1 combined BS/M.Ed for undergraduates

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to compare and debate theories of educational psychology.
  • Students will be able to collect and describe data collected from a practicing educator on educational psychology theories with relevance to classroom practice.
  • Students will be able to design a study to investigate a question related to educational psychology research, including literature review, methodology, and protection of human subjects' issues.
  • Students will be able to conduct the planned research study, prepare a report, and orally present study findings and conclusions to a committee.