Department of Teaching and Learning

We prepare the next generation of teachers, teacher educators, researchers, and practitioners to improve education for all students.

The Department of Teaching and Learning is committed to improving the education of all students, providing high quality teacher education to pre-service teachers, and offering professional learning opportunities for in-service teachers. We prepare the next generation of specialists and researchers who will serve as leaders in schools, faculty members in a variety of settings, and experts in community programs and beyond.

Online Programs

Master of Education in Applied Learning Sciences

Explore the theory behind cognitive and non-cognitive learning processes.

The Master of Education in Applied Learning Sciences provides students with expert knowledge in the design of learning environments and curriculums that can be applied immediately within the workplace. Students will complete a cumulative project in place of a thesis. The modular structure of the program is flexible and you can choose electives to tailor the degree to your personal and professional interests.

Doctor of Education in Applied Learning Sciences

Experience learning opportunities and explore the theory behind learning processes.

Our Doctor of Education in Applied Learning Sciences equips graduates with the skills to revise and improve the design of traditional and non-traditional learning environments. As a student, you learn how to; improve environments conducive to learning, evaluate learning and implement learning solutions. The Applied Learning Sciences doctoral degree culminates in a project rather than a dissertation.

Academic Areas

The program provides students with expert knowledge in the design of learning environments and curriculums that can be applied immediately within the workplace.

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Early Childhood Special Education prepares students to work with young children with disabilities and their families in inclusive, collaborative, and natural environments.

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There are two program tracks available for this program, one emphasizing Teaching and Learning, and the second emphasizing Social Change.

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Inclusiveness is at the heart of our education mission. This means learning to teach in a way that includes and builds on the cultural, linguistic, and individual skills of all children, with an emphasis on their learning strengths.

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This specialization is designed for students with a strong interest in research and its application to understanding language and literacy-related phenomena that intersect with issues of linguistic and cultural diversity in education.

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TAL’s doctoral degree (Ph.D.) program specializing in STEM education features a diverse group of core and affiliated faculty whose research advances scientific knowledge about STEM teaching and learning where issues of language, culture, and poverty are paramount.

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The Department of Teaching and Learning offers two minors. A minor in education requires a total of 15 credits in the School of Education with at least 2 courses taken at the 300 level or above.

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The University of Miami’s Department of Teaching and Learning is pleased to offer a specialization in special education with a focus on students with high-incidence disabilities.

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Featured Projects

December 20, 2017


Six-Week English Language Certificate Program for English Teachers from Brazil
October 5, 2017

Master’s degree in Education with 90% tuition funding

Supporting Educators’ Academic Literacies and Enhanced Discourse (SEALED) The University of Miami (UM) along with partner Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) propose to work together to support teachers and improve K-12 student learning in schools serving high-needs populations in inclusive, regular, or special education secondary classrooms.
August 5, 2016

Inspire “U” Academy

Dr. Wendy Cavendish, along with partners at Booker T. Washington Senior High School and UM’s Office of Academic Enhancement, developed the Inspire U Academy program for developmental peer mentoring of high school students with college aspirations. Inspire “U” Academy is a mentoring program that offers structured on-campus events, college preparation activities, and student led workshops where high school student participants have the opportunity to develop positive relationships with UM undergraduate student leaders. […]
August 4, 2016

IF Club – Imagine the Future

Project Imagine the Future (Project IF) aims to engage middle school students in producing multimedia science fictions through integrated and collaborative learning. The learning goals include developing digital skills, learning STEM practices, forming creative habits of mind, and exploring different careers. The initial ideas for Project IF were first developed during Spring 2014 when Dr. Ji Shen’s research group developed an online learning system. Another core faculty member, Dr. Blaine Smith, joined […]
  • Kelly McKnight
    I entered a  teaching position in an urban environment immediately following my graduation. I found during my three weeks of professional development that I was constantly raising my hand and able to give answers to many questions regarding classroom management and content. My background in elementary, exceptional student, ESOL, and reading education has given me an unparalleled and well-rounded wealth of knowledge that has prepared me well to educate a diverse student population.
    Kelly McKnight
    2016, Teacher at Uncommon Schools Camden Prep
  • The opportunities I received through the University of Miami’s PhD in Education gave me the expertise and confidence necessary to take on this role with students in high-needs schools. Through UM’s PhD program in education, I developed a passion for ensuring equitable opportunities for all students to learn mathematics. I love helping to prepare the future generation of teachers by mentoring and supervising my student-teachers in Boston University’s Mathematics Education program.
    Alejandra Salinas
    STEM Ph.D.
  • I am an Assistant Professor of mathematics education at the University of New Hampshire. My time at the University of Miami prepared me for a challenging career analyzing large-scale databases in mathematics education by providing me with several rigorous courses in quantitative research methods. The University of Miami has some of the greatest faculty and one of the most beautiful campuses on earth!
    Sheree Sharpe
    STEM Ph.D.
  • Graduating from the Special Education doctoral program at the University of Miami has thoroughly prepared me to integrate critical pedagogy with special education classroom practices in order to increase relevancy and equity, and has led to a tenure-track position in a prestigious university. The doctoral program afforded many opportunities to design professional development workshops, conduct student-teacher supervision, teach master's degree courses and conduct research, which were key elements in securing my current position.
    Xuchilt Perez
    Special Education Ph.D.
  • The training, mentoring and supports I received while pursuing the Ph.D. in Special Education at the University of Miami were invaluable to my professional and personal growth. In the competitive world of academia, I was fortunate to have an offer for a tenure-track position before I defended my dissertation. This was possible due to the highly individualized mentorship I received. As a cohort, we were encouraged to publish and present in the largest educational conferences from the first year in the program. I was also given the freedom to explore my own research interests which include the intersection of English language development and Special Education. The pursuit of a doctoral degree should not be taken lightly, but the learning experience that comes with such a rigorous program is worth the effort.
    Ana Menda
    Special Education Ph.D.

Department Chair

Luciana de Oliveira

Chair and Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning


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