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2017-2018 University Catalog 
2017-2018 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Learning Sciences in Educational Studies, BA (non-licensure)

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About the Program

The Educational Studies Learning Sciences major is a non-licensure baccalaureate program that is designed to develop advanced knowledge and application of the science of learning in diverse educational settings and contexts. Graduates will learn to design and implement creative learning environments that:

  • Are based on current theoretical knowledge and research on best practices
  • Incorporate technological innovations in teaching and learning
  • Support learning in both formal and informal settings such as schools, museums, and community settings
  • Employ the principles of design-based educational research to study and evaluate educational practices and outcomes in formal and informal settings.

The program provides cross-disciplinary training, integrating knowledge across the fields of cognitive science, educational psychology, measurement and research methodology, sociology, and anthropology, curriculum and instruction. Graduates will receive strong training in designbased research methodologies and will be required to participate in structured practicum and internship experiences throughout their program. All students will be required to complete a capstone project for their graduation portfolio.

The Learning Sciences in Educational Studies Plan of Study outlines the required courses to complete the degree. For more information about the degree program, visit the COE Office of Advising and Recruiting.

Degree Requirements

120 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (78 credits)

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (42 credits)

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.

Program Requirements

(See your advisor for other options in creating your LSED Educational Plan of Study.)

Fall 1st Year

15 Credits

Spring 1st Year

15-16 Credits

Fall 2nd Year

15 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

15 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

15 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

15 Credits

Fall 4th Year

15 Credits

Spring 4th Year

14-15 Credits


* Satisfies a University Core Requirement

** Education Courses - EDCI, EDPS and EDST (must earn a minimum grade of “C-“)

A 2.00 Graduation GPA with a “C-” or better in education courses (EDCI, EDPS, and EDST) required

32 credit hours at the 30000 level or above required

(The Learning Sciences in Educational Studies major is not a licensure program.)

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Critical Course

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