Frequently Asked Questions
Many students have a background in education, but you don’t need to have classroom teaching experience to be admitted. The L&D program focuses on how people learn and how to design learning environments instead of looking exclusively at teacher pedagogy.
About the Program
Once students enroll, the advising process begins. Here is the link to all of the graduate school catalogs including Peabody, the Graduate school and others: https://www.vanderbilt.edu/catalogs/graduate/.
After the Program
Graduates who engage in work in informal learning environments are employed by education-based non-profits, youth organizations, or afterschool programs. Some become instructional designers for a non-profit or for-profit company.
Students who come to the program from a K-12 teaching context often return to school contexts in a teacher-leader role, whether formal or informal. These students may continue to teach or may move into roles such as curriculum developers or instructional coaches.
Employers tell us that our graduates are often considered a leader in understanding human learning—they are the “go-to” because of their deep understanding of human learning. This makes our graduates unique in a wide variety of contexts.
For practicing educators, this program provides an opportunity for reflection on the reasoning behind teaching practices and the design of learning environments whether that be curriculum or other tools.
Here is the VU link for off campus housing. It also has a “room-mate finder”. From the electronic admission letter, click on “admitted student website” and scroll down past your welcome. At the end, there are links for “helpful information”.
Link for the off-campus housing:
Unfortunately, no. For other international student-oriented questions, direct students to ISSS.
International Students are required to take a pass/fail course during the fall semester that assists in helping them understand US Ed system:
Main objectives of the U.S. Education Concepts and Communication (USECC) course:
- Understand educational concepts in the context of the U.S. educational system
- Communicate effectively in presentations and discussions
- Develop confidence in participating in graduate-level academic discourse
- Explore and utilize educational research tools