Curriculum, Instruction and the Science of Learning (CISL)

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CISL CollaborationThe Curriculum, Instruction, and the Science of Learning (CISL) is a multidisciplinary doctoral degree that focuses on addressing practical educational problems through research in diverse contexts for learning and teaching.

While educational programs in Curriculum and Instruction are common, our program stands out by emphasizing the Science of Learning, a 21st century approach to developing evidenced-based practice through design research. In design research, we implement innovative practice/curriculum, study the effects, and improve the implementation for further study. The field emerged out of new technological innovations but has expanded to include diverse interdisciplinary formations to create educational solutions.

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In the CISL program you can:

Create a custom program to meet your particular research
and career interests or choose from one of the flexible
concentrations below:

Participate in cutting-edge research and position yourself at the forefront of educational innovations to solve educational problems by working with faculty experts across formal disciplines.

Help investigate complex problems across different fields.

Teach and conduct research at the intersection of multiple disciplines

Work in multidisciplinary research clusters such as:

  • Arts Integration
  • Early Learning
  • Educational Informatics
  • Educational Technologies
  • Integrated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Education
  • New and Multimodal Literacies
  • Product Design
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) Education
  • Spatial Literacy
  • Social Learning and Culture


Program of Study

24 credit hours in multidisciplinary Concentration
28 credit hours in Research
10 credit hours in Dissertation
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62 doctoral credit hours
10 relevant credit hours from master’s degree
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72 total credit hours

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