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


As one of the oldest and largest university-based education research and development centers in the country, the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) provides a premier environment for interdisciplinary research on education. WCER has a long tradition of interdisciplinary collaboration. Currently, about half its investigators hold their primary appointments outside the School of Education, in such diverse disciplines as biology, psychology, sociology, English, law, journalism, mathematics, engineering, astronomy, political science, and social work. The Center employs more than 100 graduate students in varied fields who learn research techniques from these leading investigators and who have many opportunities for both theoretical and applied field research.

Because the UW-Madison campus is large and social sciences and education graduate programs are located in different parts of campus, there are few natural opportunities for these students to network, brainstorm and support each other’s research interests. By giving the training program and its Fellows a physical presence at WCER, our program literally brings social sciences students into an educational research setting and provides an exciting opportunity to build an interdisciplinary education sciences research community.

More information about the Wisconsin Center for Education Research and its current and completed research is available at the Center’s website.