Welcome to the Department of Cognitive and Learning Science at Michigan Technological University. Our department unites two diverse disciplines of the cognitive and learning sciences:

  • Psychology: one of the most popular fields of study at US universities; and
  • Teacher Education: preparation for the rewarding career of teaching in a secondary-education setting.

We invite you to explore the programs we offer in undergraduate and graduate education.

Department Highlights

  • 15,000 square feet of labs, classrooms, and offices in the Harold Meese Center
  • Small class sizes, allowing for close interaction among faculty, staff, and students
  • Laboratory facilities where undergraduate students can work with faculty on important research projects in human behavior
  • Cutting-edge research facilities and equipment, including a usability suite, a video-based simulation center, a driving simulator, a law enforcement shooting simulator, eye-movement and motion-tracking systems, and instruments used in taking physiological measurements
  • Opportunities for internships with local social service agencies and nonprofits
  • Outstanding faculty and staff—exceptional mentors, teachers, and researchers attentive to students’ needs and interests


Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior and cognitive processes. This broad discipline seeks to understand the human condition and explain behavior using scientific methods, with the fundamental goal of improving the well-being of individuals and our overall society. Psychologists conduct research to test theories and understand the nature of human behavior.

Areas of Specialization

Psychology embraces a wide array of subfields and specializations, including

  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Human Factors Psychology
  • Industrial-Organizational Psychology
  • Sports Psychology

Undergraduate Education

Our department offers a BS in Psychology and a minor in psychology. Students who study psychology have the opportunity to hone a number of skills, including critical thinking, effective teamwork, interpersonal communication, and an understanding of human and group/organizational behavior. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree in psychology can find employment in human or social services, business, government, and many other areas. A degree in psychology also provides a strong foundation for graduate study in areas of specialty ranging from social work and counseling to behavioral science research.

Graduate Education

Our graduate program offers master’s and doctoral degrees in applied cognitive science and human factors. This multidisciplinary program brings together psychologists, engineers, computer scientists, and usability specialists who are working toward the fundamental goal of optimizing human-technological systems. Through progressive research in applied cognitive science and human factors, Michigan Tech’s world-class faculty and graduate students are coalescing to create more efficient, user-friendly technologies and environments.

The program’s areas of emphasis include cognitive engineering and decision making, individual differences in human performance, physical ergonomics, human-centered design, and educational technology.

Teacher Education

We support students who aspire to teach in a secondary-school environment, providing guidance from a student’s enrollment to initial teaching certification—and beyond. Our teacher education program offers students an excellent education in the content area of their choice, as well as outstanding preparation for a meaningful career in secondary teaching.

Michigan Tech offers bachelor’s degree programs leading to Michigan teaching certification in 10 content areas:

About the Program

The teacher education program is nationally accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council and is currently rated “exemplary” by the Michigan Department of Education. Our program’s graduates possess strong content knowledge, exhibit caring and involvement in their teaching, and meet all state mandates for teacher licensure as defined by the Professional Standards for Michigan Teachers. The Michigan Tech approach gives students the flexibility to pursue any career pathway in their major discipline, not just secondary teaching.

Teacher Professional Development

Our teacher professional development programs and master’s degree program in applied science education provide multiple options for secondary teachers to earn a master’s degree and to meet Michigan’s continuing-education requirement for teacher certification renewal. As part of your course work, you can enroll in a teacher institute and explore Utah’s majestic geology and national parks; set sail across Lake Superior aboard Michigan Tech’s R/V Agassiz and discover the ecology of the vast Great Lakes watershed; or choose another topic to sharpen your STEM training.