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Neuroscience and Education

Department of - Biobehavioral Sciences

Contact Information

(212) 678-3325
(212) 678-3322
Professor Peter Gordon

Program Description

Neuroscience and Education was the first graduate program in the country to focus on the educational and clinical implications of recent advances in understanding brain-behavior relationships. One objective of the multi-disciplinary program is to prepare a new kind of specialist: a professional with dual preparation able to bridge the gap between research underlying brain, cognition, and behavior, and the problems encountered in schools and other applied settings. A second objective is to provide rigorous training and relevant experiences that would allow students to further their knowledge and make links between neuroscience, cognition, education, and clinical practice. The M.S. program is intended for professionals and non-professionals alike who would like to acquire knowledge in fields related to neuroscience and to participate in ongoing research, educational, or clinical practice. Graduates from the program may continue in their respective areas of professional specialization, while others develop careers in research settings or apply to doctoral programs for further study.

Degree Summary

Neuroscience and Education (NEUR)

  • Master of Science (M.S.)

For a complete listing of degree requirements, please click the "Degrees" tab above

For a complete listing of degree requirements, please continue on to this program's "Degrees" section in this document

Degree Requirements

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.
  • Courses in research methods in behavioral and brain-based research, and data analysis
  • Advanced courses and breadth courses explore implications of brain-behavior research for educational and clinical practice.
  • Supervised practica enable students to engage in ongoing research projects in neuroscience-related fields or to be involved in neuropsychological assessments and interventions
  • Students finish their studies by developing up an integrative project as a formal thesis

Course Requirements

At least 20 credits in neurosciences

Basic Neuroscience Courses (9-12 credits)

  • BBSN 4001 Foundations of Neuroscience I: Anatomy and Physiology
  • BBSN 4002 Foundations of Neuroscience II: Systems Neuroscience.
  • BBSN 5003 Cognitive Neuroscience
  • BBSN 5070 Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
  • BBSN 5044 Current Issues in Neuroscience and Education

Advanced Neuroscience Courses (9-12 credits)

  • BBSN 5019 Human Functional Neuroanatomy
  • BBSN 5193 Neuroscience of Adversity
  • BBSN 5007 Neuroscience Applications to Education
  • BBSN 5199 Neuroscience of Reading
  • BBSN 5199 Neuroscience of Aging
  • BBSN 5122 Psychoneuroimmunology and Education
  • BBSN 5080 Affective Neuroscience
  • BBSN 5152 Neuroscience, Ethics and the Law
  • BBSN 5199 Neuropsychopharmacology and Education
  • BBSN 5199 Pediatric Brain Injury and Education

Integrative Seminar

  • BBSN 5500 Capstone Course in Neuroscience and Education

Methods and Data Analysis (At least 9 Credits)

  • BBSN 4005 Research Methods in Neuroscience
  • BBSN 5000 EEG Lab Methods
  • BBSN 5022 Eye Tracking and Dynamic Data Analysis
  • BBSN 5005 Evaluation of Neuropsychological Instruments for Research
  • BBSN 5199 EEG Field Methods: Classroom-based studies

Methods Courses outside of program

  • BMEN E4840 Functional Imaging of the Brain
  • HUDM 4120 Basic Concepts in Statistics
  • HUDM 4050 Introduction to Measurement
  • HUDM 5122 Applied Regression
  • HUDM 5123 Linear Models and Experimental Design

Breadth Courses: At least 6 credits of breadth courses out of program

Students who have not taken previous courses in Cognitive Psychology and/or Developmental Psychology should take one of each as part of the program. Those who have fulfilled this requirement in previous training should take the breadth courses in other outside programs. Most out of program courses qualify for this requirement so long as they pertain to the main focus of study.  These include courses in other BBS programs including Movement Sciences (BBSR) and Communication Sciences and Disorders (BBSQ).  Many relevant courses are offered in the programs of Human Development and Cognitive Science in Education (HUDK), Health and Behavior Studies (HBSK), Math Science and Technology (MSTC), Clinical Psychology (CCPX), Curriculum and Teaching (C&T).

BBSN 4904 Practicum is strongly recommended for all students, especially those pursuing a research/scientific approach to their studies.  Typically this consists of working/volunteering in a research lab or treatment center in the city or elsewhere.  Such experiences can be very rewarding and are extremely useful for future employment and can often lead to publications if the student is highly engaged in a lab project. Students who are engaged in practicum should register for the practicum for 0-3 points.  A zero-point enrollment allows the student to get credit for participation without paying tuition

The Integrative Project is required to be completed by all students before graduation.  This is a journal-style article in APA format that either reports on research conducted during training or practicum, or is a review article that consists of an integrated analysis of an area of focus.

Application Information

Applications will be considered throughout the year. Applications are available online by clicking on “Prospective Students” on the TC main website. GRE scores are not required but may be submitted by the applicant if available.

Faculty List



Visiting Faculty


Full-Time Instructors


Associate Professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Associate Professor of Speech & Language Pathology
Professor of Movement Sciences
Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Education
Associate Professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Education
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Adjunct Associate Professor of Neuroscience
Professor Emeritus of Speech and Language Pathology

For up to date information about course offerings including faculty information, please visit the online course schedule.

Course List

BBS 5069 Brain and behavior II: Perception, emotion, memory and cognition
An introduction to brain processes associated with perception, emotion, memory and cognition. Consequences of damage to these neurobehavioral processes are examined through reading and discussion of clinical case studies.
BBSN 5070 Neural bases for language and cognitive development

This course examines neurophysical development from conception through adulthood and its relation to changes in cognitive and linguistic functioning. Topics include visual development, attention, development of action/motor systems, language and reading development, executive function, and social cognition. In addition, the course covers developmental disorders related to specific cognitive, linguistic, and social functions, and theoretical approaches to mental representation and the emergence of cognitive funtions.

BBSN 5575 Integrative seminar in neuroscience and education

Primarily for students in the Neuroscience and Education program during preparation of the master's integrative project. Others by permission.