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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 > Master of Arts (M.A.)

Master of Arts (M.A.)

MASTER OF ARTS-32 POINTS (Code: COGN)

Core Courses (9 points):

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

Statistics/Research Design (3 points):

At least one of the following:

  • HUD 4120 Methods of empirical research (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)

Research Practicum (3 points):

  • HUDK 5324 Research work practicum (2-3) or by permission
  • HUDK 6539 Research practicum in educational psychology, cognition, and learning (1-3)

Breadth Requirement (6-9 points): (each course must be for at least 2 points)

A minimum of three Teachers College courses outside of HUDK are selected in consultation with an advisor:

  • A&HF 4090 Philosophies of education (3)
  • A&HL 4000 Introduction to linguistics (3)
  • BBS 5068-5069 Brain and behavior I and II (1-2 each; total of 3)
  • BBSQ 4040 Introduction to communication disorders (2-3)
  • ITSF 4010 Cultural and social bases of education (3-4)
  • MSTU 4036 Hypermedia and education (2-3)
  • MSTU 4133 Cognition and computers (3)
  • ORLJ 4005 Organizational psychology (3)

Specialized Courses (8-11 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)
  • Topics courses in developmental psychology (1-3)
  • HBSK 4074 Development of reading comprehension strategies and study skills (3)
  • ORL 5522 Evaluation methods I (3)

Creativity and Cognition:

  • HUDK 5020 Development of creativity (3)
  • HUDK 5025 Spatial thinking (3)
  • HUDK 5029 Personality development and socialization across the lifespan (3)
  • HUDK 5030 Visual explanations (3)
  • HUDK 5120 Development of creativity: The case study method (3)
  • HUDK 5125 Cross-cultural developmental psychology (3)

Learning Analytics:

  • HUDK 4050: Core Methods in Educational Data Mining
  • HUDK 4051: Learning Analytics: Process and Theory
  • HUDK 4052: Normative Perspectives on the Analysis of Learners and Learning
  • HUDK 4054: Educational Data Management
  • HUDK 5030: Visual Explanations
  • HUDK 5053: Feature Engineering Studio

Note: At least 2 courses (minimum of 4 points) must be taken outside the department.

Integrative Project:

Varies according to selected area of focus: Cognition and Learning—an empirical cognitive research study; Intelligent Technologies—creation and evaluation of an educational technology program; Reading Research—an empirical reading research paper; Cognitive Studies of Educational Practice—an empirical study of cognition in a classroom setting; and Creativity and Cognition—an essay or project related to creativity.