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New master's degree program explores mind, brain, education

Thursday, January 6, 2011

 

The process of learning is taking on a new dimension in the College of Education and Health Professions, which this fall will begin offering the first two-year master's degree program in Mind, Brain, and Education in the United States.

"The MBE program promises current, cutting-edge research about how we learn, how we think, and how we survive as human beings,” says Jeanne Gerlach, dean of the College of Education and Health Professions. “This is the kind of information teachers need to have as they work with students at all levels.”

The program is offered through the Southwest Center for Mind, Brain, and Education. Marc Schwartz, center director and professor of curriculum and instruction, says professors and students will explore the connections between brain anatomy and physiology, cognitive neuroscience, educational philosophy, learning processes, and specific learning issues, such as dyslexia and attention deficits.

“The program will support new teacher development, influence practices and leadership, train new researchers, and improve mentorship programs,” Dr. Schwartz says.

The MBE program is modeled after the Harvard University's one-year Mind, Brain, and Education program, but UT Arlington’s two-year program is designed for the working professional with late afternoon and evening classes. No background in biology or neuroscience is required.

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