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Learning Sciences Education Graduate Degrees

M.Ed. or Ed.S. in Learning Sciences Education

The National Louis University Learning Sciences Education program prepares educators at all levels to better understand elements impacting how people learn and the design of effective learning environments. This interdisciplinary field of study is offered as a Master of Education (M.Ed.) or Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) focusing on social, organizational, and cultural dynamics of learning.

M.Ed. students can choose from the following majors:

  • Learning Technologies for Teachers
  • Learning Technologies for Coaches

The Ed.S. students major in Learning Technologies for Teachers.

Consider getting your graduate degree in Learning Sciences at NLU if you are a teacher, librarian, or other education professional passionate about:

  • Sparking students' imaginations and capabilities to use technology creatively, effectively, and responsibly
  • Designing learning experiences using digital tools, exploring the ethics of digital citizenship, and meeting the needs of diverse learners in a range of school settings and contexts
  • Understanding the impact of effective technology deployment across grade levels and utilizing and evaluating online instruction
  • Seeking expertise in research-based best practices in leveraging technology for student achievement/success
  • Pursuing a career as a teacher who provides instructional coaching or becoming an instructional technology coach in schools (IL Technology Specialist Endorsement).

As an educator, you will learn how to:

  • Use technology to create fun environments to support Common Core Standards
  • Apply research – informed instructional design and technology-based pedagogies
  • Leverage digital learning technologies for improving learning outcomes

As an instructional design coach, you will learn how to:

  • Use research-based adult-learning theories and deliver effective professional developments
  • Apply best practices for coaching educators
  • Lead strategic planning and the evaluation of the effectiveness of technology enhanced innovations

The Learning Sciences Education program is designed to meet the needs of educators who seek to advance in their careers in ensuring the effective application of technology in teaching and learning. The skills and knowledge associated with the learning sciences are increasingly essential to high performance educational program delivery and student support. The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education designated a teacher shortage in 2014-15 and 2017-18 in Computer Literacy/Technology Teachers in Illinois. Strength in the learning sciences, with particular focus on understanding and deployment of digital learning strategies and techniques is frequently cited by education leaders as a substantial gap in human capital.

With more than 130 years of experience in preparing teachers, NLU’s National College of Education (NCE) excels as a learning community for educators. The NLU Difference has three distinct characteristics:

  • NLU faculty deeply respect and understand educators because most NCE faculty have "been there and done that" as preK-12 teachers themselves.
  • NLU faculty "keep it real" in relation to today's schooling, through their extensive current engagement in schools and their constant dialogue with today’s teachers with a focus on data informed assessment of learning gains.
  • The NLU learning community is current in both evidence-based educational research and career advancement strategies so that NLU program offerings constantly upgrade our graduate students' advanced skills in the field.
  • As an Institution with deep expertise in design of learning and pedagogical approaches for adults, NLU prides itself on our student-centered approach that combines personalized faculty contact with an asynchronous online learning system that sharply reduces the hassles of inconvenient schedules and travel to classes. NLU offers programs with access choices that range from purely online to blended schedules with occasional classroom meetings (often one weekend per month). In all of its delivery options, NLU values peer-to-peer interaction and student access to faculty.

Learning Technologies for Teachers (M.Ed. and Ed.S): The Learning Technologies for Teachers major is designed to develop expertise in the creation of digital learning environments and experiences that utilize a broad array of technology to advance student learning. The focus is on deep learning, digital technologies, understanding how to design learning experiences using digital tools at the appropriate cognitive level, as well as exploring the ethics of digital citizenship. It is also designed to help educators meet the needs of diverse learners in a range of school settings and contexts.

Learning Technologies for Coaches (M.Ed. only): The Learning Technologies for Coaches major offers the eligibility for IL Technology Specialist Endorsement approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). The Learning Technologies for Coaches major is intended to provide candidates with the knowledge and skills needed to inspire, lead, support and guide other educators as they advance their skills and expertise in the application of digital technologies to teaching and learning.

NLU offers a summer series of workshops that are part of this program and for which students can receive credit toward their degree. These are offered in online and blended formats. Learn more at nl.edu/learningtechnologiescredential

All applicants must meet NLU's general admission requirements as well as additional requirements specific to this program. Refer to the appropriate application checklist available online at nl.edu/applyonline.

Get more information today about enrolling in one of NLU's degree programs. Connect with an Enrollment Specialist or call 888.NLU.TODAY (888-658-8632).

Please note: The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) may change the state licensure and endorsement requirements at any time and without prior notice. Teacher candidates will be bound by the requirements in place when applying for licensure, not by the licensure requirements in place when beginning their program. That is, the state may specify that a new regulation is immediately applicable to all candidates with no provisions made for candidates who began their work on licensure under different regulations.

Locations
  • CHICAGO DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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  • ELGIN

    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632
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  • NORTH SHORE

    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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  • LISLE

    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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  • WHEELING

    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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  • FLORIDA (TAMPA)

    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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