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One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.

The Program

Explore the main components of the MSED program below, or dive into the specifics with the program handbook. Written by both faculty and students, the MSED Handbook details all aspects of the program.

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Our interdisciplinary course requirements leverage the unique strengths of two universities and an extensive faculty with diverse research interests. Explore each content area (hover-over or click) and download a course overview.

Cognitive Science

Learn about the nature of intellectual activity and how it is influenced by biological and environmental factors.

Mathematics and Science Education Research

Discover the major research themes present in mathematics and science education.

Tailored Experiences in Sociology, Philosophy, and History

Position your knowledge in the larger themes from related fields.

Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods

Develop the tools that will help you rigorously study the issues you care about.

Teaching Practicum

Hone your skills in the classroom and push your boundaries on how you teach.

Research Apprenticeship

Become a part of professional research teams and learn from leaders in the field.

Explore the course requirements that comprise these areas.

Course Overview


The MSED program is built upon an apprenticeship model. Student learn skills by working closely with faculty in a series of increasingly complex research experiences.

Research Rotations

Embed yourself in three active research groups.

First-Year Project

Conduct a small research project and write up your results.

Research Assistantship

Spend a year or more as an integral member of a research team.


Design, conduct, and report on a project that advances the field.