The program will focus on innovating learning design, learning environments, and learning experiences in K12, higher education, and other organizational settings. Students will be engaged in real-world practice through teaching that challenges dominant norms. As one example of that commitment, faculty members in this program facilitate all courses through a project-based curriculum. Courses are centered on culminating projects where students work with clients in real-world settings. This is a transformational and impactful program.


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Course Description

Summer III

  • EDUC 279 Innovation in Education (3 units)
  • EDUC 295M Learning Design (3 units)


  • EDUC 215 Creativity & Ideation (3 units)
  • EDUC 295i Innovative Learning Environments (3 units)

(Completion of Certificate in Learning, Innovation & Design—the above four courses can be taken as a standalone certificate or stacked into the MA in LID)


  • EDUC 216 Nature & Conditions of Learning (3 units)
  • EDUC 290 Digital & Blended Learning (3 units)

Summer I

  • EDUC 204 Education for a Diverse Democracy (3 units)
  • EDUC 274 Action Research (3 units)

Summer II

  • EDUC 209D Principles of Design in Education (3 units)
  • EDUC 209M Models of Learning (3 units)
  • EDUC 296T Integrative Capstone (2 units)

Total units: 32

EDUC 204. Education for a Diverse Democracy. 3 Units.

This course is a multidisciplinary exploration of the intersections of education, diversity, and democracy. It introduces foundational and emerging theories and perspectives to examine the interplay of race, class, gender, ability, national origin, and other forms of difference in shaping educational policy, practice and experience, and considers fundamental questions including, "What is education?" and "What is education for? (ETHC)


EDUC 209D. Principles of Design in Education. 3 Units.

Explore principles of design, the design thinking process, and how to design new processes within educational settings.


EDUC 209M. Models of Learning. 3 Units.

Explore new models of learning and design plans to implement models in real educational settings.


EDUC 215. Creativity and Ideation. 3 Units.

This course engages students in processes to foster creativity and develop original ideas. Students develop skills in creativity and ideation processes to develop solutions that will be launched later in the program.


EDUC 216. Nature and Conditions of Learning. 3 Units.

Students study both cognitive and traditional learning theories, their applications to instruction and the development of effective teaching strategies. In addition, information processing models are explored and their implications for instruction are addressed.


EDUC 274. Action Research. 3 Units.

This course focuses on methods of designing and conducting action research in education. Topics include: characteristics of action research, data collection and analysis, determining trustworthiness, and ethical issues related to action research. Students will engage in action research to learn how to develop actionable knowledge. This course is a component in the set of research courses required for master and doctoral students.


EDUC 279. Innovation in Education. 3 Units.

This course explores innovation in the educational and social sectors. Provides knowledge and skills necessary to create change within these sectors.


EDUC 295I. Innovative Learning Environments. 3 Units.

Investigate the impact of learning environments and design learning environments for specific contexts.


EDUC 295M. Seminar: Learning Design. 3 Units.

This course provides understanding and application in the design, development, and evaluation of learning experiences in various sectors, with a particular emphasis on creating innovative and immersive learning experiences.


EDUC 296T. Integrative Capstone in Innovative Teaching and Learning. 1-4 Units.

Provides the culminating experience of the program, including a teaching and learning-related fieldwork project to apply innovation skills through the integration of research, theory, and practice.

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