Department of Teaching & Learning – School of Education & Human Development

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 95% 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 […]
  • In addition to the irreplaceable campus aesthetics, the University of Miami provided me with opportunities that prepared me for the next step in my career. Earning my Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning was a challenging journey that was nurtured by my fabulous peer cohort, generous Department faculty, expert faculty across campus, and an advisor whose knowledge and guidance ensured my success.
    Dr. Chelsea T. Morris
  • The critical and often intersectional lens through which we learned to read, analyze, and conduct research [in the Teaching and Learning Department] broadened my intellectual capacity and allowed me to examine and challenge my own beliefs about teaching and learning. This process, alongside strong mentoring and support from faculty, shaped what I like to call my “transition” from a teacher to a teacher educator.
    Dr. Lindsey A. Chapman

Interim Chair

Dr. Wendy Morrison-Cavendish

Interim Chair and Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning


Merrick Building 222-A

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