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Graduate Interdisciplinary Specializations and Minors

The Department of Educational Studies administers the following Graduate Interdisciplinary Specializations and Graduate Minors. Be sure to visit each program's webpage for more detailed information.

Applied Developmental Science in Education (ADS)

Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization - A multidisciplinary field of social-science research that seeks to integrate basic science and developmental theory with applied science on practices, policies, and programs. Applied developmental scientists might answer such questions as: Do summer reading programs help adolescents to read more often during summer? How does parental sexual orientation affect young children? Do welfare policies promote children’s school readiness?

College and University Teaching

Graduate Certificate - If you want to become a college or university professor, this specialization can give you the skills needed to achieve it. In this program, graduate students engage in rigorous, structured exploration of theories and practice of university-level teaching, both in general and in their own discipline. You will develop skills and experiences to become a reflective and scholarly professor. No prior teaching experience is required.

Quantitative Research Methods

Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization - The Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Quantitative Research Methods (GISQRM) is designed to provide advanced training in data analysis and quantitative research to students in diverse graduate-level research programs. Students are exposed to cross-disciplinary methodologies and research paradigms and complete an independent, advanced quantitative research project resulting in a paper suitable for submission for publication. Strong foundational background in quantitative methodology is expected.

Teaching in Virtual Environments

Graduate Minor - The minor in Teaching in Virtual Environments prepares graduate students and professionals (outside the Department of Educational Studies) with the knowledge and skills to teach in virtual classroom environments. Those who complete the minor will understand the theories, technologies and methods of teaching in virtual environments.