ITP: Interdisciplinary Training Program in the Education Sciences ITP: Interdisciplinary Training Program in the Education Sciences
at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

MINOR IN EDUCATION SCIENCES teacher with students

Development of field-based trials must be predicated on established conceptual and empirical foundations for interventions, so students in our interdisciplinary training program will need courses and advising in education and other social science disciplines. A standard policy that applies to all Ph.D. students at UW-Madison is that if they take three to four courses outside their home departments, they may obtain a Doctoral Minor. For ITP, students will pursue a Minor in Education Sciences, which consists of a six-course minor across departments. For most, the minor will include at least one course in experimental design, such as Design of Educational Experiments (Psychology); at least one course in measurement, such as Test Theory (Educational Psychology), at least 2 courses in advanced statistics, such as Mathematical Economics (Economics), and at least 2 courses in education in context such as Issues in Educational Policy Analysis (Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis). Rather than 2 courses in education in context, School of Education students, from ELPA, Educational Psychology, and Educational Policy Studies, will take 2 disciplinary-based courses aligned with their research from the disciplines of: Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, or Sociology. School of Education students work directly with the ITP Director and their advisor to select courses to satisfy this requirement.

See our list of suggested coursework to fulfill the minor in Education Sciences.

The UW-ITP is not a “one size fits all” program. One of the program's strengths is the flexibility it provides students and their mentors to craft individualized sequences of coursework.

Through the minor courses and the interdisciplinary seminar, the training program ensures that students work with a variety of faculty from outside their home departments. In addition, at least two members of the training program faculty must sit on each student’s dissertation committee.