Courses

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The CISL doctoral degree is a hybrid program, in other words you have the option of taking a number of classes online, should you choose to do so. Coursework can be completed on-campus or online on a part-time or full-time basis. There are no residency requirements.

There is only one required course in the CISL program is LAI 615 Seminar in Curriculum, Instruction and the Science of Learning. (Note that some of the specializations do require certain courses for their students.) Depending on your area of specialization, you would work with your advisor to tailor a coherent educational plan that best suits your needs and interests. Some coursework would focus on your area of specialization, some on the methods you will read about in others’ research and eventually use in your own research, and finally some will focus on your dissertation.

Sample CISL Ph.D. Program for a Full Time Student

Stage 1

Semester 1 (fall)

  • LAI 615 - Seminar in Curriculum, Instruction and the Science of Learning (3 credits)
  • LAI 678 - Digital Media in Education (3 credits)
  • LAI 657 - Analysis of Quantitative Research in Learning & Instruction I (4 credits)
  • LAI 669 - Qualitative Techniques for Education (3 credits)

Semester 2 (spring)

  • LAI 671 - Philosophy of Technology (3 credits)
  • LAI 673 - New Literacies Seminar (3 credits)
  • CEP 522 - Statistical Methods of Educational Inference (3 credits)
  • LAI 658 - Analysis of Quantitative Research in Learning & Instruction II (4 credits)

Semester 3 (fall)

  • LAI 649 - Foundations of Cognitive Theory I (3 credits)
  • LAI 648 - Equity, Diversity & Epistemological Issues in Technology (3 credits)
  • LAI 663 - Vygotsky’s Educational Theory in Cultural Context (3 credits)
  • LAI 621 - Critical Interpretations of Research (3 credits)
  • LAI 697 - Research Analysis Exam in CISL (1 credit)

Stage 2

(Must pass the research Analysis Exam to pass to this stage)

Semester 4 (spring)

  • LAI 650 - Foundations of Cognitive Theory II (3 credits)
  • LAI 645 - Research Practicum in CISL (6 credits)
  • CEP 529 or LAI 626 - Applied Regression Analysis or Advanced Qualitative Research Field Methods (3 credits)

Stage 3

(Must pass the Research Component to pass to this stage)

Semester 5 (fall to completion)

  • CEP 529 or LAI 626 - Applied Regression Analysis or Advanced Qualitative Research Field Methods
  • LAI 702 - Individual Guidance Dissertation (10 credits)