The Learning and Instruction Department offers exciting and unique programs at the doctoral level.
Learning and instruction is the application of psychological principles and concepts to solve problems in educational and training settings. Individual differences, cognitive and social development, learning and motivational theory, instructional design, classroom teaching and management, and assessment are common topics addressed in the program.
Learning and Instruction Doctoral Program (Ed.D.)
Applying research and educational psychology to diverse learning environments.
Visit our website here to learn more about this program The program provides working professionals with the research skills and core content to make use of and contribute to the knowledge base in learning and instruction. Using the latest technology to assist in instructional delivery and support, coursework focuses on learners and learning, instructional settings, research skills, and special education. There is also an option to obtain a Concentration in Special Education or a Concentration in Digital Technology for Teaching and Learning (nine credits).
"I think the first thing one notices when attending USF is a sense of community. Professors are truly interested in every student's learning, which translates into a program that includes rigor and caring. Small class sizes—check, knowledgeable professors—check, a learning environment that promotes global thinking—check. In my opinion, USF has it all!."
—KAREN SANFORD, Student EdD
Completed online application with non-refundable $55 application fee.
One set of unofficial transcripts from each university/college previously attended. For U.S. applicants, the degree must be from a regionally accredited university/college. An applicant with a pending degree must provide official verification of expected degree completion from institution's Registrar or school official. An undergraduate degree is required to apply to a master's program. A master's degree is required to apply for a doctoral program. Please note: if admitted you will need to submit official transcripts prior to enrolling.
MA and Credential applicants: Minimum GPA of 2.75
Doctoral applicants: Minimum GPA of 3.0 from a graduate program
Two current, signed letters of recommendation, noting suitability for graduate work.
A Statement of Intent
Doctoral applicants must also submit:
MA thesis (excerpt or complete copy) or graduate level paper.
Official scores for either the Graduate Record Examinations or Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Test scores must be sent directly to USF by the Education Testing Service (GRE) or the Psychological Corporation (MAT). No photocopies of the results will be accepted. Scores must have been obtained within the past five years.
Federal financial aid, state, and university resources are available as funding to newly admitted and current USF School of Education students.
In order to offset the cost of graduate education tuition, many School of Education courses are offered in the late afternoon and evening, and/or on alternating weekends. Most students find they can maintain a full-time job while earning their credential, masters or doctoral degree. However, if your program requires you to spend time in a classroom (i.e. student teaching) or to complete a fieldwork or traineeship experience, such commitments will interfere with a normal workday.
Visit our website to learn more about financial resources for this program