The Learning and Development specialization permits doctoral candidates with previous background in educational psychology, school psychology, and/or special education to increase their professional preparation in theory and research related to the implications of human variability to instruction service delivery in educational and social agencies. This track builds upon the Life Cycle core seminar as background for the construction of a specially designed program of concentration to be developed in concert with the candidate's doctoral program advisor.
Learning and Development accepts applicants with a broader range of master’s-level study and prepares them for careers including: (1) teaching in a subject specific area such as mathematics, science, social studies, etc. in the public school (2) teaching in the university college of education in the teacher preparation in subject specific areas such as math education, science education, early childhood, literacy, etc. (3) teaching Educational Psychology courses in the college of education.