Cognitive Science of Teaching & Learning (CSTL)

Faculty and students in CSTL division explore the cognitive processes involved in intellectual growth and the acquisition of knowledge through the lifespan, as the basis for effective instruction. Our approach is multidisciplinary, drawing on psychology, linguistics, computer science, and education.

Typical Plan of Study (48-72 hours)

Core coursework chosen in consultation with advisor

32 hours

No more than 12 hours of 595 independent study can count towards the degree

Basic Research Methodology Courses

4 - 8 hours

Please consult the College of Education Graduate Handbook for specific courses.  

Advanced Research Methodology Courses

4 - 8 hours

Please consult the College of Education Graduate Handbook for specific courses.  

Thesis Research

4 - 20 hours

Program Cost

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