Learning Sciences & Technologies, MSEd

The M.S.Ed. in Learning Sciences and Technologies lays the foundation for graduates to pursue fulfilling and creative careers as educators, researchers, and developers of next-generation curricula, technology-enriched learning environments, and instructional programs. The Learning Sciences and Technologies M.S.Ed. is designed for students who wish to investigate at an advanced level the interdisciplinary connections between learning environments (both online and offline), design issues, and educational concerns. Students enjoy individualized courses of study in a small, community-oriented cohort of students. The curriculum gives students the knowledge, skills, and techniques needed to assess, design, and implement programs in learning settings that range from after-school opportunities to corporate professional development.


A minimum of 10.0 course units are required for the LST MSEd1

Core Courses
EDUC 6116Master's Foundations of Teaching and Learning (Incoming full-time students must register for this course in the Fall semester.)1
EDUC 6139Design of Learning Environments1
EDUC 6144Learning Sciences: Past, Present, Future1
EDUC 6168Master's Seminar in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership1
Methods Course1
Ethnographic Filmmaking
Qualitative Studies of Developmental Interventions
Core Methods in Educational Data Mining
Introduction to Mixed-Methods Research
Ethnography for Intercultural Communication
Participatory Methods in Education
Qualitative Methods: Principles and Techniques
Introductory Statistics for Educational Research
Survey Methods & Design
Methods of Discourse Analysis
Qualitative Research: Concepts, Methods and Design
Advanced Qualitative and Case Study Research
Ethnographic Research Methods
Introduction to Causal Inference for Educational Research
Regression and Analysis of Variance
Quasi-Experimental Design
Social and Statistical Network Analysis
Craft of Ethnography
Classifications, Profiles, and Latent Growth Mixture Models
Proposal Writing Seminar
Concentration Courses
Select 2 Concentration Courses, chosen from the list below: 22
Teaching & Learning in Student Centered Classrooms
Video Games and Virtual Worlds as Sites for Learning
MaKer Studio
Educational Assessment of and for Learning
Big Data, Education, and Society
Technologies for Language Learning and Teaching
Core Methods in Educational Data Mining
Elective Courses 3
Select 3 elective courses, including one distribution course:2
Distribution course 41
Other Requirements
Master's Capstone Project, supported by EDUC 6168
Total Course Units10

The MSEd degree requires a minimum of 10 CUs. All courses counted towards the degree must be at the 5000 level or above. No transfer credits are accepted. Other program requirements include successful completion of the Master's Capstone.

All students must take at least 3 CUs to be considered full-time. Part-time students enroll in 1 to 2 CUs per semester.


If students wish to take a different course from those listed as a Concentration Course, they must petition and receive approval from their advisor and the TLL Chair prior to enrolling in the course.


The elective course should contribute substantively to a student's area of specialization.

Full-time students who want to graduate in August generally plan taking 1 or maximum of 2 electives in the summer.


Candidates for the M.S.Ed. degree must demonstrate knowledge of the field of education beyond the area of specialization. This requirement is met by satisfying the distribution requirement. To meet the distribution requirement, students must complete one approved graduate level (5000 and above) GSE course outside the student’s area of specialization, earning a grade of “B” or  better. Students should check with their program manager for a list of courses approved to fulfill the distribution requirement. Further requirements regarding these courses may be specified by each division. 


The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.