Developmental & Learning Sciences

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

Students in DLS attain proficiency in three areas: 1) Social and Emotional Development, 2) Cognition, Learning, and Instruction, and 3) Educational Neuroscience. Our 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.

Developmental & Learning Sciences is flexible and interdisciplinary in that students are able to customize their academic focus and research experiences to fit their educational and career goals. Most graduate students are funded through teaching or research assistantships and later secure positions in university settings, at research and consulting groups, or at state and federal government agencies.

We offer masters and doctoral degrees to students interested in a wide range of issues, with emphasis in the three strands shown below.

Degrees Offered

Course Schedule Related Links Masters Comprehensive Exam


Developmental & Learning Sciences applications 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)
DLS Director

Dr. Eric Buhs
Educational Psychology
226 TEAC
(402) 472-6948

Developmental & Learning Sciences Faculty

Eric Buhs Professor

Full Eric Buhs bio

Hideo Suzuki Assistant Professor

Full Hideo Suzuki bio

Mary Zeleny Lecturer

Full Mary Zeleny bio
Dr. Carrie Clark

Carrie Clark Assistant Professor

Full Carrie Clark bio

Edward Daly Professor

Full Edward Daly bio

Kenneth Kiewra Professor

Full Kenneth Kiewra bio