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Learning scientists study and create real-world learning experiences to make education more effective, efficient, and engaging. They investigate how people interact with information and ideas, as well as what interests and motivates them. And then they use this knowledge to create new, often computer-based, approaches to enhance the learning process.
The M.S.Ed. curriculum gives students the knowledge, skills, and techniques to assess, design, and implement programs in learning settings that range from after-school opportunities for children to corporate professional development. Degree programs in the Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Division are student-driven and require a significant amount of student engagement. LST students work closely with their academic advisor to tailor their program of study to their interests.
Coursework is just one facet of the graduate experience in the LST Master’s Program. Our two-semester Internship Program gives students an in-depth understanding of how learning occurs in out-of-school environments, such as The Franklin Institute science museum, the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, the Philadelphia Zoo, and the Free Library of Philadelphia. Over the course of the academic year, students work at their internship site and, in parallel, are enrolled in a seminar that addresses informal learning, site-specific topics, and reflexive practice.
Our award-winning faculty design and research formal and informal learning environments. Innovations developed by our faculty range from online learning communities and teacher professional development workshops to more effective curricular and pedagogical approaches. They work in school clubs, museums, classrooms, and virtual worlds across multiple educational settings. With grant-funded projects, as well as ties to Philadelphia schools and institutions, the faculty offer students direct access to nationally significant research on education. Their work connects closely to GSE’s broader focus on equitable access to education across social strata.Meet some of our Alumni
M.S.Ed. students must successfully write a Master's Paper on a core content area in LST and complete the Internship Program. Students are supported in their Master’s Paper work in EDUC 668, Master's Paper Seminar, in the fall semester and the guidance of the EDUC 668 instructional team in the spring semester.
All GSE students are required to be continuously enrolled in GSE from matriculation to graduation, unless they are approved for a Leave of Absence through the appropriate channels. M.S.Ed. students are required to maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in order to graduate. Students must complete the online graduation form in the semester in which they plan to graduate.
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The Learning Science and Technologies program prepares graduates for a variety of careers. Recent graduates have gotten jobs in curriculum design, non-profit administration, teaching, and the for-profit sector. Other graduates have continued on to doctoral studies.
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