The Certificate in the Learning Sciences provides an advanced understanding of learning in formal and informal environments, integrating perspectives from instructional design and technology, educational psychology, and social foundations of education. Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in the Learning Sciences will have demonstrated requisite knowledge and skills necessary to conceptualize, design, deliver, and measure effective learning. The Graduate Certificate in the Learning Sciences is appropriate for advanced graduate students considering careers such as higher education faculty, research scientists, educational administrators, funding agency program directors, and policy makers.
Admission Requirements: To complete the Graduate Certificate in the Learning Sciences, students must be enrolled currently and in good standing in any graduate program at Virginia Tech. Students considering the Certificate should consult with faculty in one of the associated programs in the Department of Learning Sciences and Technologies to plan their study to be consistent with prior experience, career goals, and certificate requirements.
Certificate Requirements: Students must take at least twelve credit hours in the options listed below. All students are required to enroll in EDIT 5234, Introduction to the Learning Sciences. Students will then choose one elective, equal to a three-credit-hour course, from three of the other four categories listed below, Cognition, Design, Social Foundations, and Technology.The order of these courses, including EDIT 5234, make be taken at the discretion of the student after consulting with his or her advisor.
a. Introductory Course (Required for Certificate)
EDIT 5234: Introduction to the Learning Sciences
b.Courses in Cognition
EDEP 5114: Learning and Cognition
EDEP 6114: Cognitive Processes and Educational Practice
EDEP 6224: Constructivism and Education
EDEP 6444: Motivation and Cognition
c. Courses in Design
EDIT 5164: Design for Learning
* EDIT 6334: Applied Theories of Learning
* EDIT 5224: Principles for Learning Message Design
d.Courses in Social Foundations
EDEP 5184: Sociocultural Influences on Learning and Instruction
EDCI 5174: Informal Learning for School Age Youth
EDCI 6024: The Analysis of Educational Concepts EDCI 6044: Classroom Discourse
e. Courses in Technology
EDEP 6334: Multimedia Cognition
EDIT 5594: Topics in Learning Environment Design and Development
EDIT 5614: Digitally Mediated Learning
EDIT 5634: Interactive Learning Media Development • Prior permission of instructor required for non-degree students outside Department of Learning Sciences and Technologies.