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Cognitive Studies in Education
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Cognitive Studies in Education

In the Department of Human Development

Degrees > Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Doctor of Education - 90 points

Core Courses (9 points):

  • HUDK 4029 Human cognition and learning (3)
  • HUDK 4080 Educational psychology (3)
  • HUDK 5023 Cognitive development (3)

Statistical and Research Methodology (12 points):

  • HUDM 4120 Basic concepts in statistics (not recommended for those with undergraduate statistics) (3)
  • HUDM 4122 Probability and statistical inference (3)
  • HUDM 5122 Applied regression analysis (3)
  • HUDM 5123 Linear models and experimental design (3)
  • HUDM 6122 Multivariate analysis I (3)


Specialized Courses (minimum of 30 points):

Selected in consultation with an advisor and focusing on one of the following areas:

Cognition and Learning:

  • HUDK 4015 Psychology of thinking (3)
  • HUDK 4027 Development of mathematical thinking (3)
  • HUDK 5024 Language development (2-3)
  • HUDK 5025 Spatial thinking (3)
  • HUDK 5030 Visual explanations (3)
  • HUDK 5034 Cognitive research methods and applications (3)
  • HUDK 6095 Critical review of current journals in psychology (3)
  • HUDM 5058 Choice and decision making (3)
  • HBSK 5096 The psychology of memory (3)


Intelligent Technologies:

  • HUDK 4015 Psychology of thinking (3)
  • HUDK 4035 Technology and human development (3)
  • HUDK 5025 Spatial thinking (3)
  • HUDK 5030 Visual explanations (3)
  • HUDK 5034 Cognitive research methods and applications (3)
  • HUDK 5035 Psychology of media (3)
  • HUDK 5039 Design of intelligent learning environments (3)
  • HUDK 5198 Psychology of instructional systems design (2-3)
  • MSTU 4031 Programming I (4)
  • MSTU 4083 Instructional design of educational technology (3)
  • MSTU 4133 Cognition and computers (3)
  • MSTU 4134 Cognition and computers lab (1-3)


Reading Research:

  • HUDK 5024 Language development (2-3)
  • HUDK 5080 Experimental psychology: Schooling and reading (2-3)
  • HUDK 5090 Psychology of language and reading (2-3)
  • HUDK 6095 Critical review of current journals in psychology (3)
  • HBSK 4074 Development of reading comprehension strategies and study skills (3)
  • MSTU 4086 Text understanding and design (3)


Cognitive Studies of Educational Practice:

  • EDPS 4021 Sociology of education (3)
  • HUDK 4035 Technology and human development (3)
  • ORL 5522 Evaluation methods I (3)
  • HBSK 4074 Development of reading comprehension strategies and study skills (3)


Research Apprenticeship (6 points):
Two semesters in a research practicum:

  • HUDK 6523 Seminar in cognitive development (3)
  • HUDK 6539 Research practicum in educational psychology, cognition, and learning (1-3)
  • HUDK 6592 Advanced research seminar: Learning and instruction (3)


Special Seminars (minimum of 9 points):

  • Topics courses in developmental psychology (1-3) (taken fall and spring semesters during both first and second years)
  • HUDK 7502 Dissertation seminar (1-3)
  • HUDK 8901 Dissertation advisement (0)


Breadth/Foundation Courses (12 Points):
Take one course (minimum of 3 points) in each of the following 4 areas:

1. Biological Basis of Behavior:

  • BBS 5068-5069 Brain and behavior I and II (1-2)
  • BBSN 5033 Human clinical neuropsychology (3)   
  • MSTC 5000 Neurocognitive models of information processing (1-3)


2. Cognitive Basis of Behavior:

  • HUDK 4015 Psychology of thinking (2-3)
  • HUDK 5090 Psychology of language and reading (2-3)
  • HBSK 5096 The psychology of memory (3)
  • CCPX 5020 Cognition, emotion, and culture (3)


3. Social Cultural Factors and Individual Differences:

  • HUDK 5029 Personality development and socialization across the lifespan (2-3)
  • HUDK 5040 Development and psychopathology: Atypical contexts and populations (2-3)
  • HUDK 5121 Personality development and socialization in childhood (2-3)
  • HUDK 5125 Cross-cultural developmental psychology (2-3)
  • CCPX 5034 Child psychopathology (3)
  • HBSK 5031 Family as a context for child development (3)
  • ORLJ 5017 Small group intervention: Theory and method (2-3)
  • ORLJ 5106 Psychological aspects of organizations (2-3)
  • ORL 5362 Group dynamics: A systems perspective (3)
  • ORLJ 5540 Pro-seminar in social psychology (2-3)


4. Measurement:

  • HUDM 5059 Psychological measurement (3)


Non-departmental Courses (minimum of 8 points):
At least three courses outside the department are selected in consultation with an advisor.

Additional Requirements:
Two papers, one in theory and application and one in empirical research; certification examination; and an approved dissertation.