This program focuses on research, theory, and professional knowledge with an emphasis on learning and teaching in K-12 schools and in community settings and cultural institutions such as museums. The program is structured in ways that emphasize the bridging of theory and practice, lending primary emphasis to academic study and research. 

Learning Sciences and Human Development faculty members and students collaborate to facilitate the development of research, theory, and professional knowledge with an emphasis on learning and teaching in K-12 educational settings. All students develop an academic foundation that prepares them for further study at the PhD level, work in K-12 education, or employment in the private sector. In addition, faculty advisors and students build programs of study that meet both the program goals and the student's interests.

Program Requirements

Students must successfully complete 30-31 credit hours while maintaining at least a B (3.0) average in all work attempted while enrolled. 

The following 3 credit hour courses are core requirements: 

  • EDUC 5716 Basic Statistical Methods 
  • EDUC 5726 Introduction to Disciplined Inquiry 
  • EDUC 6318 Psychological Foundations of Education 
  • EDUC 6328 Advanced Child Growth and Educational Development 

An additional 9 credit hours of Education Core electives to be chosen from the following categories:

  • Learning and Development
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Learning and Technology
  • Foundations

Students have the option to choose to complete a thesis (EDUC 6954 Master's Thesis, 10 credit hours) or a comprehensive examination (9 credit hours) to complete credit hour requirements. 

Admissions Requirements

  • A Personal Statement
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Unofficial Transcripts (official transcripts required after admission)
  • If international, TOEFL scores
  • Application Fee ($60 domestic application/$80 international) along with the application

Admission to all our graduate programs is competitive and based on multiple criteria, including undergraduate academic record, letters of recommendation, personal statement, evidence of special accomplishments, and relevant past experience. Criteria are considered in the aggregate. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. For more information, contact


  • Fall & Summer Application Deadline: January 15, international
  • Fall & Summer Application Deadline: February 1, domestic
  • Spring Application Deadline: October 1, international and domestic 

For more information about courses and program requirements, visit the CU Boulder Course Catalog