The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education (DISE) draws upon interdisciplinary research and academic programs to address needs in PK-12 education, with a particular emphasis on urban and urbanizing schools. Initiatives include both those that enhance the content knowledge of educators, and those that apply current research and development activities to the improvement of student achievement and enhanced school performance. The department offers an individualized master's study program in an area not covered by other degree programs. In consultation with an adviser, students create a professional development plan that reflects their professional goals. Upon completion of the program, students earn a Master of Science in Educational Studies. Current Interdisciplinary graduate certificates include Teaching the Adult Learner, Earth/Space Science, Biotechnology Education, Mind, Brain, and Teaching, Online Teaching and Learning, and Urban Education.
Partnership initiatives include Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education and the Urban Leadership Development Academy; creating supportive and safe learning environments; connecting research in neurosciences with educational practices; and exploring the impact of health issues on school learning.