The Learning Sciences & Human Development program emphasis takes an interdisciplinary approach to studying learning, teaching, and development. We examine learning and development as it happens in and across a range of settings, including schools, community organizations, families, and peer groups. 

In their research and courses, faculty engage with pressing questions of policy and practice. Program faculty enact innovative teaching practices that are attuned to our current technological and socio-political climate. Our interdisciplinary approach encourages students in the program to cultivate a strong commitment to and develop a strong record of working in partnership with schools and communities to organize innovative practices that open up opportunities for transformative learning.

Our learning sciences program is on the leading edge of the field in its theoretical and practical explorations of social and spatial justice, technology and design, and culture and diversity in learning. Our faculty and students are leaders in building partnerships with schools, districts and state agencies, as well as youth and community organizations.

What can you do if you study Learning Sciences and Human Development?

Our graduates develop understanding of learning, teaching, and the role of research in promoting equitable participation and social justice. They go on to become tenure-track faculty at research universities, administrators in large school districts, executive leaders in non-profit organizations, and expert researchers for evaluation and policy analysis firms.

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