The EdD Area of Concentration (ARCO) in Out-of-School Learning is intended for experienced professionals who aspire to be transformational leaders in out-of-school learning. Prospective applicants might currently work in museums, out-of-school time (OST) settings, libraries, digital media/technology, university outreach/extension, policy groups and think tanks, life-long learning programs, parks, environmental centers, arts-based organizations, community settings, youth development, or the many other areas where we explore learning environments that exist outside of classrooms. Program faculty are expert in connecting research and practice and have experience across a wide range of out-of-school settings, audiences, and learning arrangements.
Out-of-School Learning students are part of a larger, multidisciplinary EdD cohort of students from eight different specializations in education, offering rich opportunities for collaboration and broad learning about education. The core EdD curriculum covers educational foundations and methods of practitioner inquiry, while the specialized out-of-school learning curriculum focuses on informal learning theory, organizational processes, applied life-long learning, and evidence-based change and evaluation.
In addition to online work, most students in the EdD program come to Pittsburgh for occasional Saturday sessions with the entire EdD cohort. Students in the out-of-school learning program can opt for this online/face-to-face model or could choose a predominately online model. Students who do not live in Pennsylvania can apply for merit-based scholarships to help offset the cost of out-of-state tuition.
OST's first cohort is launching in May 2017. Applications are due February 1, 2017.
To discover more about some recent partnerships and projects specifically through our University of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out-of-School Environments (UPCLOSE) as well as some general out-of-school and informal learning projects within the School of Education, please read the fall/winter 2015-2016 edition of our School of Education News magazine.