In developing a program of study, graduate students are encouraged to take into account the three foci around which faculty offer expertise. These are not programs of study per se, but rather focal points that define research priorities and areas of collaborative work.
The study of learning and cognition in the context of educational psychology includes (a) the examination of the psychological mechanisms underlying learning, effective instruction, and enriched environments that promote resilient development, and (b) translation to develop instructional models and interventions that optimize learning and successful development throughout the lifespan. Particular research interests include:
Language is central to education, both as a core medium of learning, and as a set of capacities that develops through the lifespan, in part through instruction. Particular research interests include:
The development of effective educational models in the STEM disciplines is necessarily interdisciplinary, requiring collaboration among content experts and learning scientists. Collaborative research programs in STEM education at Illinois can be found in the Departments of Educational Psychology, Curriculum and Instruction, and Physics; the Beckman Institute, and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Particular research interests include:
STEM education is a University of Illinois priority (http://www.istem.illinois.edu).