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


teacher with studentsDevelopment 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. Students will pursue a distributed Minor in Education Sciences, consisting of four courses outside their home departments related to their scholarship on education. A standard requirement for students at UW-Madison is to take three to four courses outside their home departments as a minor field. These courses may be taken within a single department or distributed across departments. Students in our program will take a four-course minor across departments. For most, the minor will include at least one course in experimental design, such as Design of Educational Experiments; at least one course in measurement, such as Test Theory (educational psychology; and two substantive courses in education in context, such as Policy Issues in Educational Assessment (public affairs; educational policy studies), Professional Development and Organizational Learning (educational leadership and policy analysis), Seminar in the Politics of Education (educational leadership and policy analysis), and Introduction to the Learning Sciences (educational psychology).

The UW-ITP is not a “one size fits all” program and one of its strengths is the flexibility it provides to 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 will sit on each student’s dissertation committee.