Developmental & Learning Sciences

Welcome to the Developmental & Learning Sciences program in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln!

Students in our program attain proficiency in three areas: 1) Social and Emotional Development, 2) Cognition, Learning, and Instruction, and 3) Educational Neuroscience. Program faculty and students conduct innovative and collaborative research and benefit from many local and university partnerships, including those with school districts, the Center for Brain, Biology, and Behavior, the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families, and Schools, and the Bullying Research Network.

The DLS program is flexible and interdisciplinary. Students are able to customize their academic program and research experiences to fit their educational and career goals. Most graduate students are funded through teaching and research assistantships and later secure positions in university settings, at research and consulting groups, or at state and federal government agencies.

The DLS program offers masters and doctoral degrees to students interested in a wide range of issues, with emphasis in the three strands shown below.


Applications for the Developmental & Learning Sciences program are considered three times a year:

  • January 15th (early consideration for starting the following Fall)
  • May 1st (for starting the following Fall)
  • October 1st (for starting the following Spring)
Program Director

Dr. Kathy Rudasill
Educational Psychology
221 TEAC
(402) 472-2455

Developmental & Learning Sciences Faculty

Dr. Carrie Clark

Carrie Clark Associate Professor, Developmental & Learning Sciences

Edward Daly Professor, Developmental & Learning Sciences

Mary Zeleny Assistant Professor of Practice, Developmental & Learning Sciences