Learning Sciences is an interdisciplinary field of scholarship that works to further scientific, humanistic, and critical theoretical understandings of learning as well as to engage in the design and implementation of pedagogical innovations to support learning. EdD graduates in this field are leaders in higher education, district consultants, and serving in non-profits. In this research-intensive program, students engage with and develop the field’s understanding of the cultural, social, cognitive, affective, political, technological, and economic dimensions of learning, teaching, design and assessment, both within and across diverse settings. Applicants from all disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply, and doctoral students in the program are encouraged and supported to work in interdisciplinary areas and projects.
As a research intensive program, students work closely with their supervisors. Applicants are encouraged to review the faculty members in Learning Sciences and contact those you consider compatible with your research interests to explore potential connections. If you choose to apply, please discuss your research interests with potential supervisors and explain these interests in your statement of purpose. Student experience in this program is dramatically enhanced by a strong complementarity of research interests and strengths of students and supervisors.
Blended - Online and Face-to-Face
EdD Summer Residency: Six-week summer program (blended delivery), including two weeks on-campus at UCalgary, followed by four weeks online. Please note program delivery is subject to change based on provincial health guidelines.
Fall/Winter Semesters: Online
A registration package will be sent to new students after they have been admitted. Registration for the summer term will be available in late winter. Fall and Winter registration opens in the spring. Your Graduate Program Administrator will send more information about registration to you.
As a Graduate Student you are expected to devote the time, effort, and energy necessary to engage in scholarship. As a graduate student, you will determine the specific milestones and requirements of your program of study in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies Calendar and with your graduate supervisor.
An integral part of the doctoral experience is working closely with a supervisor on the development and completion of a research project. A graduate supervisor mentors graduate students through regular meetings and research training aimed at research, scholarship, teaching and professional development. Graduate supervisors support students in the timely completion of their programs. As a Graduate Student, you are expected to meet with your graduate supervisor on a regular basis. While each student-supervisor relationship is unique, graduate supervisors can assist graduate students in a number of ways: advising on course selection, applying for awards and scholarships, obtaining research funds, applying for teaching assistant and sessional teaching opportunities, developing track records in refereed publications and conference presentations, getting involved in leadership and service, and encouraging and supporting apprenticeship in a research community of practice (collaborative review of papers, grants, academic writing, and data analysis).
In the EdD program a supervisor is normally appointed at the time of admission.
Candidacy must be completed within 28 months from the program start date.
The Werklund School of Education Candidacy procedure falls under the Faculty of Graduate Studies Candidacy Regulations (effective Sept 1, 2014). Graduate Programs in Education Council (GPEC) and the Faculty of Graduate Studies have approved new Werklund School of Education guidelines for Candidacy.
All students admitted as of September 1, 2015 fall under the new procedure.
The Doctoral dissertation is the focus of the degree program. In consultation with the supervisor, the student should formulate an appropriate thesis topic as early as possible in the program because the nature and type of proposed doctoral research will affect the time needed to complete the program. The student’s research problem, research questions and the development of the research proposal will be tied to engagement in coursework and the preparation needed in order to complete the program. The thesis proposal must be approved by the supervisory committee before continuing towards candidacy.
For guidance in preparing the research proposal, please refer to the Werklund School of Education Candidacy Requirements.
For guidance in preparing the final thesis/dissertation, please refer to the GPE Thesis/Dissertation Rubric and the Student Guide to the Dissertation Oral.
Ethics approval is required for all research projects involving the use of human subjects before data collection begins. Prior to submitting an ethics application, students are required to complete the TCPS 2 tutorial and upload the certificate of completion into their Researcher Profile in IRISS. Do NOT upload in the documentation section of a study. Register on theTCPS 2 website https://tcps2core.ca/register. When registering, be sure to use your institution email address (name @ucalgary.ca)
To initiate the ethics approval process, the student must submit an application to either the Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board or the Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board. Applications to the CFREB or CHREB are created and submitted online using IRISS. There are no paper application forms.
Doctoral students should consult the Faculty of Graduate Studies Handbook of Supervision and Examination - Part III: Doctor of Philosophy/Doctor of Education for details regarding supervision and examinations, including candidacy and thesis oral examinations.
A list of required courses for the EdD Learning Sciences program can be found below. Completion of additional and relevant coursework outside of the required courses may be discussed with your supervisor.
Summer Residency 2022
The summer term runs Monday, June 27 - Wednesday, August 10, 2022.
Students are expected to be available for the entire term and able to complete online course work before and after the summer residency period. Further details will be available in your course outline.
On campus summer residency dates are Monday, July 4 – Friday, July 15, 2022.
Please consult the Graduate Calendar for course descriptions.
Course outlines are normally posted in D2L 1-2 weeks prior to the start of the term.
Years 1 and 2 have blended courses in the summer which include an on-campus component.
EDER 779.05 L01 (1740) Introduction to the Learning Sciences
EDER 779.06 L02 (1741) Introduction to Computer Supported Learning
EDER 711 L01 (4556) Advanced Research Methodologies
EDER 712 L01 (4550) Advanced Research Methodologies II
EDER 779.07 ICT Advanced Seminar in the Learning Sciences
EDER 779.08 Advanced Seminar in Design and Practice
EDER 707 L03 Collaboratory of Practice I
EDER 708 L03 Collaboratory of Practice II
The work completed in years 3-6 is variable and depends on your pace. Students have up to six years to complete their EdD program.
Candidacy must be completed within 28 months from the program start date.
Your dissertation is the focus of your degree program.
Students enrol in Dissertation Seminar once you have successfully completed your candidacy exam and have begun to work on your dissertation. Dissertation Seminar is offered every fall and winter term.
Fall Terms (online)
EDER 709 L01 (2434) Dissertation Seminar I
Winter Terms (online)
EDER 710 L01 (2479) Dissertation Seminar II