Cognition and Education
The Graduate Certificate in Cognition and Education provides an advanced understanding of current theories and principles of academic learning and motivation, as well as strategies that instructors can use to foster students’ learning and motivation. Students who complete the certificate will have documentation that they have developed the intellectual and practical tools necessary to design effective instruction.
Why choose this program?
What You'll Study
Certificate Requirements: Students must complete 3 of these 4 courses (for a total of 9 credit hours of coursework) with a grade of B or better:
- EDEP 5114 (Learning and Cognition),
- EDEP 6114 (Cognitive Processes and Educational Practice),
- EDEP 6224 (Constructivism and Cognition), or
- EDEP 6444 (Motivation and Cognition).
Students may complete the three courses in any order; however, it is recommended that students complete EDEP 5114 before enrolling in EDEP 6114 because some of the foundational learning concepts are provided in EDEP 5114.
Current and Admitted Students at Virginia Tech
Graduate students accepted to any other graduate program at Virginia Tech will be admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Educational Research and Evaluation program on the basis of acceptance into their home department. To get the process started, submit your application to the program leader.
Applicants New to Virginia Tech
Recommendations for admission to the certificate program for nondegree-seeking students will be made by our Graduate Admissions Committee, based on transcripts, the letter of interest, and the minimum requirements specified in the Graduate Catalogue. These admission criteria differ from our regular degree admission in that they require neither the GRE nor letters of recommendation.
There is a discount for in-state K-12 teachers; use this application form in order to receive the reduced costs. Otherwise, as with on-campus students, we refer you to the VT Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for information on financial assistance. Generally, distance learners may qualify for federal loans if they take 5 or more credit hours per semester.
Applications are reviewed as they are received during the fall and spring semesters; there are no deadlines for applications.
Dr. Brett Jones
School of Education (0313)
Public Safety Building
330 Sterrett Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Faculty Experts in Educational Psychology