How do cognition, motivation, social interaction and culture affect human learning and development? These are some of the fascinating topics you’ll study through UWM’s Learning and Development Program.
This graduate-level program emphasizes the perspective of the learner and trains students to conduct cutting-edge research applied to a broad range of learning contexts — from schools to museums to home — throughout the human lifespan. Students in the L&D program can pursue a master’s or doctoral degree in Educational Psychology while working closely with one of our faculty members.
Graduates of the MS program go on to pursue a PhD (often in Educational Psychology or a related field) or find jobs in education and/or research settings in the private or public sectors. Many graduates of our PhD program pursue careers at research institutes and universities.
Why Choose Our Program?
- You’ll develop a deep understanding of the psychological foundations of education and explore the latest theories and research related to human learning and development.
- You’ll work closely with internationally known faculty who have a wide range of research interests, including normative development of ethnically diverse youth, generalization in young learners, and how individual and familial processes are shaped by cultural contexts, including immigration.
- You’ll be well prepared for jobs in education, research, marketing, program evaluation and more.
Susie D. Lamborn, PhD, Associate Professor
Dr. Lamborn’s research focuses on adolescents and their families, seeking an empirically-based understanding of the normative development of ethnically diverse youth.
Chris Lawson, PhD, Associate Professor
Dr. Lawson’s research examines the development of generalization: How do children use what they have learned in one situation to make sense of new situations? The main goal of this work is to understand which examples and situations are the most likely to support generalization in young learners.
Jacqueline Nguyen, PhD, Associate Professor
Dr. Nguyen’s research explores the ways individual and familial processes (such as ethnic identity development, acculturation, and parent-child/adolescent interactions) are shaped by cultural contexts, including immigration. She specializes in qualitative research and working with community organizations.
About The Program
Students completing the PhD program receive a PhD in Educational Psychology from the School of Education with a specialization in Learning and Development. Students completing the master’s program receive an MS in Educational Psychology with a specialization in Learning and Development; this does not lead to licensure or state certification. Graduates of the MS program may later pursue a PhD (often in Educational Psychology or a related field) or find jobs in education and/or research settings in the private or public sectors. Many graduates of our PhD program pursue careers at research institutes and universities.
L&D degree options are as follows:
You can also participate in research activities with our faculty, although it’s not a required component of the MS degree program. Learn more about degree requirements on UWM’s Graduate School website.
Students must take a minimum of 9 credits (in addition to those required for the PhD) to earn a transcript-designated L&D doctoral minor.
All application materials must be submitted through UWM Graduate School’s online application by the stated deadlines. Please note that these dates are different from the Graduate School’s application lock date. The L&D area reviews applications twice a year.
Panthera will collect information about your educational background, transcripts, personal statement/statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, writing samples, application fee, and an application for a teaching assistantship, if you choose to apply for one (doctoral students must apply by the Fall deadline, typically December 1, for full consideration of funding).
Letters of recommendation are optional for the MS degree application and required for the PhD application. The PhD program requires 3 letters of recommendation. These letters must be submitted through the application’s electronic recommendation feature by the recommenders themselves. Letters uploaded or sent by the applicant will not be accepted.
When you request a letter of recommendation, your recommender receives an email with a link to upload his or her letter directly to UWM. Doctoral applicants must submit three letters of recommendation and GRE scores whereas MS applicants may submit letters and GRE scores as additional evidence of admissibility.
All students must meet the minimum requirements for admission stipulated by the UWM Graduate School.
Questions about admissions?
Graduate Program Admissions Specialist
Office of Student Services
- Friday, September 14, 3:00 – 4:00 pm in Enderis Hall Room 788
- Thursday, November 1, 4:00 – 5:00 pm in UWM Student Union Room 183. Plan to attend the Graduate School Open house after this information session!
Enderis Hall is located at 2400 E. Hartford Ave. UWM Union is located at 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd. Check our Facebook page/events for more information.
The meeting is informal and does not require a reservation in advance. However, please let Dr. Jacqueline Nguyen (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you plan to attend.
Professional Development & Future Employment
The Graduate School provides a range of resources for student professional development on its website.
UWM also has a membership with The Versatile Ph.D. “the largest online community dedicated to non-academic and non-faculty careers for PhD graduates.” This is a great resource for students who plan to pursue careers outside of academia.