Degrees & Programs

Learning Sciences

Understand how people of all ages learn, both in and out of school. Some of the questions our faculty pursue are: What are the best strategies for ensuring that students excel in science, math, and technology? How can we better leverage digital media to create innovative environments for learning that both excites learners and deepens understanding? How can we better understanding interest-driven learning spaces where learning seems to flow “naturally,” and how can we use these approaches to transform education? What do our hobbies indicate about the ways we learn most effectively? The answers to these questions can be found in the discipline of Learning Sciences. Apply online today!

Programs Offered:

In the Learning Sciences, you’ll immerse yourself in the rich history of thinking about learning and acquire a deep understanding of how the notion of learning has evolved over time. By understanding how learners, teachers, peers, family members, guides, instructional materials and technology interact; you can create new innovative learning environments, improve existing ones, and assess their impact for children and adults in a wide array of settings including schools, museums, after-school programs, and online spaces or games, just to name a few.

Our Learning Sciences program is one option in Educational Psychology, currently ranked #21 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Our researchers receive funding from the National Science Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and NASA, among others. And our graduates are in demand by organizations ranging from the U.S. military to Fortune 100 corporations.

Our Faculty

Our program is organized in interdisciplinary teams of faculty and students, so you’ll collaborate with researchers in related fields, such as cognitive science or the sciences. As a candidate, you will work closely with one or more professors within apprenticeship program that will help define a path towards being an independent scholar with your own personal research agenda. Most of these teams are funded by major foundations and government agencies that support advances in learning sciences. The program is particularly designed to prepare you to develop competitive proposals for foundation and commercial support for your work. Our research interests include creativity, informal learning environments, learning technologies, gaming and virtual environments, online learning, social media, innovative assessment methodologies, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning, learners modeling of scientific phenomena, and many other topics.



  • Karen Wohlwend, Associate Professor of Literacy, Culture, and Language Education


  • Thomas Duffy, Professor Emeritus
  • Richard Lesh, Professor Emeritus
  • Frank Lester, Emeritus Chancellor's Professor of Education, Martha Lea & Bill Armstrong Professor of Teacher Education 2000-2005 & Emeritus Professor of Mathematics Education and of Cognitive Science
  • Robert Sherwood, Professor of Science Education, Emeritus

From educational consulting and instructional software companies to Fortune 500 companies seeking research specialists, your career opportunities as a Learning Sciences graduate are numerous and exciting.

Graduates of these programs secure positions as university faculty members, as psychological and educational researchers, as instructional designers, game designers, educational toy designers, and as program evaluators in research and consulting firms, foundations, public schools, industry, state and federal departments of education, and the military.


Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology
201 North Rose Avenue, Suite 4000
Bloomington, Indiana 47405
(812) 856-8300