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Masters of Science (M.S.)

The program of study for the M.S. in Neuroscience and Education offers a systematic sequence of courses within the neurosciences.

  • Basic courses provide a thorough introduction to the neural bases of behavior.
  • Advanced courses explore implications of brain-behavior research for educational andclinical practice.
  • Supervised practica enable students to engage in ongoing research projects in neuroscience-related fields or to be involved in neuropsychological assessments and interventions.

Course Requirements:

Psychological processes underlying development, learning, and cognition.

At least one course is required of the areas of developmental psychology and cognitive psychology. Possible courses fulfilling these requirements are listed below, but other courses in these areas or courses taken previously are also acceptable.

Developmental Psychology

  • HUDK 4021 Developmental psychology: Infancy (2-3)
  • HUDK 4022 Developmental psychology: Childhood (2-3)
  • HUDK 4023 Developmental psychology: Adolescence (2-3)
  • HUDK 4024 Developmental psychology: Adulthood and the lifespan (2-3)
  • HUDK 4027 Development of mathematical thinking
  • HUDK 5023 Cognitive development (3)
  • HUDK 5024 Language development (2-3)

 Learning and Cognition

  • HBSK  5096 Psychology of memory
  • HUDK 4015 Psychology of thinking
  • HUDK 4029Human cognition and learning
  • HUDK 4080 Educational psychology
  • HUDK 4820 Education for thinking
  • HUDK 5025 Spatial thinking

Psychological Evaluation and Assessment

Two courses in statistics, measurement, or assessment are required. These could include the following:

  • BBSR 5582 Research design in the movement sciences (recommended for Neuroscience Students)
  • HUDM 4050 Introduction to measurement (2-3)
  • HUDM 4120 Basic concepts in statistics (3)
  • HUDM 4122 Probability and statistical inference (3)
  • HUDM 5122 Applied regression analysis (3)
  • HUDM 5123 Linear models and experimental design (3)
  • HUDM 5124Multidimensional scaling and clustering (3)

Educational or Clinical Specialization

A set of courses representing a cohesive sequence of study in such areas as: audiology, counseling psychology, educational psychology, math education, motor learning, advanced neuroscience, science education, speech pathology or special education.

Neurobiological Bases of Behavior and Educational Applications

Core Courses

The courses indicated below are for students with little or no prior background in Neuro-science. With consultation and approval of the advisor, three to four courses are required unless equivalent preparation can be demonstrated.

  • BBS 4032 Neuroscience of human speech and language (2)
  • BBS 5068Brain and behavior I: Communication in the nervous system (1-2)
  • BBS 5069Brain and behavior II: Perception, emotion, memory, and cognition (1-2)
  • BBSQ 4040Speech and language disorders (3)
  • BBSN 5070Neural bases for language and cognitive development (3)
  • HUDK 6620Special topics in developmental psychology (1-3)

Advanced Courses in Neuroscience

Such courses may count toward the Clinical and Educational Specialization component of the program. Students who wish to develop more advanced knowledge within the neurosciences may register for up to 12 points of advanced courses in neuroscience offered outside of TC at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Faculty of Arts and Sciences.


All students are required to register for the Integrative Seminar.  In this seminar, students develop their ideas for the thesis topic, learn about research and practice, and develop presentations for Brain Awareness Week in the local schools:

  • BBSN 5575Integrative seminar in neurosciences and education (3)

Practicum and Research Experience

Students find placements in research or clinical settings either at TC or throughout the city in order to provide an experience that will become the basis for their thesis project. Students may register for research credit or independent study during this period. Teachers College and Columbia University offer courses to develop research skills in areas such as Brain Imaging.  These include courses in the use of high density EEG, which is offered as a summer workshop. A course in the use of fMRI in cognitive research is also available through the Neurological Institute of the Columbia Medical School.  Both courses offer hands-on training with the relevant procedures.

Master’s Integrative Project

Opportunities for student participation in research are available. Preparation of a master’s integrative project is required for the degree. The integrative project involves either a research project, a practicum report, or an integrative review.