Masters (PhD Track)

Masters Degree

Developmental and Learning Sciences (PhD track)
Approved by the DLS Faculty, September 2017


The PhD track Master’s Degree in Developmental and Learning Sciences (DLS) provides individuals with theoretical grounding and research experience in psychological science in education. Students gain foundational knowledge in three core areas a) cognition, learning, and instruction, b) development, and c) educational neuroscience, as well as methodological training, and participate in research throughout the program.


Core Courses (15 hours)

EDPS 850 or 851: Child or Adolescent Development (3)
EDPS 854: Human Cognition and Instruction (3)
EDPS 922: Mind, Brain, and Education
EDPS 960 or 966: Advanced Cognitive Psychology in Education or Psychology of Learning (3)
EDPS 961 or 962: Cognitive Development or Personality and Social Development (3)


Additional Coursework in Developmental and Learning Sciences
(at least 9 hours)

 At least three courses from the following:
EDPS 855: Teaching Learners to Learn (3)
EDPS 967: Motivation (3)
EDPS 869: Developmental Psychopathology (3)
EDPS 989: Psychology of Reading and Writing (3)
EDPS 921: Creativity and Talent Development (3)
EDPS 991: Applied Social Psychology (3)
EDPS 991: Lifespan Developmental Psychology (3)
Additional core courses from above list (beyond 15 hour minimum)
Other appropriate courses approved by the advisor


Methods (at least 9 hours)

 At least 3 hours each in (a) statistics (EDPS 859, EDPS 941, EDPS 942); (b) measurement/evaluation (EDPS 870); and (c) research design/methodology (EDPS 800, EDPS 900a), as approved by the advisor .


Research (6-10 hours)

 EP 899: Masters thesis (6-10 hours)

  • Research design and implementation experience as approved by advisor


Additional requirements (0-3 hours)
Additional requirements

  • Memorandum of Courses (to be completed in the first half of the program)
  • Coverage of ethics and human diversity (can be included in classes)
  • Comprehensive exams


Total must be at least 36 hours. For students admitted to the DLS doctoral program, the entire masters program except EDPS 859 (Elementary Statistics) can count toward the DLS doctoral program.