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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education (Learning Sciences and Psychological Studies) University of North Carolina At Chapel Hill



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The Learning Sciences and Psychological Studies (LSPS) PhD program draws upon the relatively new field of learning sciences that has emerged to address the increasingly inter- and multidisciplinary nature of work within and beyond the academy. Program faculty represent a diverse set of academic backgrounds and fields (e.g., critical theory, educational psychology, psychometrics, school psychology, socio-cultural studies, mathematics and science education, technology studies, statistics). LSPS focuses on learning, a cognitive, social, and cultural activity that is distributed among the participating actors as individuals and groups within a specific context. The strand examines formal and informal learning within and across multiple contexts (e.g., teaching and learning in classrooms, centers, communities, homes, museums, schools, virtual environments) from multiple perspectives (e.g., critical, disciplinary, design-based, post-positivist, post-structuralist, and structuralist). The rigorous study of formal and informal learning utilizes multiple paradigms and employs quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches most appropriate for the questions investigated. The examination of formal and informal learning seeks to understand how people learn and how this learning is influenced by knowledge, networks, social and societal structures, tools (e.g., technology), and an array of socio-cultural factors.

The goals of this examination of learning is to produce theory, generate research, inform policy, and develop practice that lead to the construction and design of environments that facilitate optimal opportunity, and access for and development of all participants, within the contexts in which formal and informal learning occurs. LSPS is committed to the preparation of doctoral students who develop an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary-based expertise within a concentration (e.g., mathematics and science education, education and technology, cognition and learning, quantitative methods and evaluation). LSPS intends to develop doctoral candidates who thoroughly understand theory, research, the paradigmatic underpinnings of each, and the plausible implications of each for policy and practice; who are able to generate scholarship and design and conduct rigorous theory-driven research appropriate for the issues identified; and who are able to foster mutually informative, translational relationships among the diverse stakeholders in academic, policy, and practice communities.

The Ph.D. program in Education, Learning Sciences and Psychological Studies (LSPS), prepares students to: a) conduct rigorous theory development and research that spans multiple academic disciplines, using multiple and mixed methodologies, to understand how people learn in an array of formal and informal educational settings, b) integrate and critique these multiple perspectives on learning, c) design environments, contexts, and interventions that facilitate learning and development in these educational settings, and d) foster mutually informative, translational relationships between academic, policy, and practice communities. The design of the LSPS program requires committed engagement on the part of students, and faculty, in order to benefit from the dynamic interaction that occurs when multiple, interdisciplinary perspectives are used to inform learning and achievement.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education (Learning Sciences and Psychological Studies).

Full Time (Maximum 8 years)

Tuition fees

$28,278.00 (20,31,209) per year

USD $13,727 for 9 credit hours and above




School of Education

CB 3500 Peabody Hall,


North Carolina,

27599, United States

Entry requirement for international students

A bachelor’s degree is required for application to the Ph.D in Education program. Applicants with Master’s degrees are also encouraged to apply.

The required minimum total score on the exams are internet-based TOEFL exam = 90, The IELTS exam = 7.

University of North Carolina At Chapel Hill*

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