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MSEd in Learning Sciences

About the Program

The first program of its kind in the nation, Northwestern's Learning Sciences concentration prepares students to advance the understanding and practice of teaching and learning through five core areas: theory, design, socio-cultural aspects of learning, cognition, and research. Electives allow students to explore topics such as the design of learning environments, educational technology, educational research, or another area of interest.

At a Glance

Years of STEM OPT for International Students
Average class size

Full and Part-Time Paths

The standard pathway for Learning Sciences is one year, full-time. Some students choose to extend their studies to two years, part-time.

Table contains the time differences between the Full and Part-time paths to complete the progrem


1 Year Full Time
2 Years Part Time


Units (32 semester hours)

Our Guiding Commitments

Advance Equity and Social Justice

Recognize that teaching grounded in equity and social justice is essential in rigorous learning of subject matter in any setting.

Understand Learning and Human Development

Understand human development as a process of maturation within a network of areas: physical, psychological, emotional, cultural, social, and political.

Engage Within and Across Communities

Learn about the community in which a school resides to inform relational and instructional interactions with students and families.

Foster Subject Matter Sensemaking

Support the growth of children's skills, competencies, and disciplinary understandings as connected to rigorous and meaningful activities.

Meet your Advisor

Christin Glodek, Senior Academic Advisor for Learning Sciences

"Learning Sciences students are educational design innovators who are dedicated to enhancing the educational experience in diverse settings for all learners."”

Christin Glodek, Senior Academic Advisor for Learning Sciences

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Phone Number


618 Garrett Place
Evanston, IL 60208

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