Learning, Design and Technology, M.Ed.

Learning, Design and Technology, M.Ed.
33 Credit Hours
Admits: Fall, Spring & Summer
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Seeking a higher salary and career advancement in today's tech-driven world? Empower yourself to create engaging and effective learning experiences with the latest technologies and tools. Our M.Ed. in Learning, Design, and Technology equips you to design and implement impactful lessons and training programs with the cutting-edge skills needed to thrive in diverse fields such as healthcare, government, education, and more.

Benefit from:

  • In-depth knowledge: Master instructional design, technology integration, online learning, and multimedia production.
  • Flexibility: Pursue your degree 100% online, asynchronously, at your own pace. Quality matters: Our Quality Matters-certified program ensures rigorous, interactive learning.
  • Hands-on focus: Develop practical skills through immersive courses designed for real-world application.
  • Nationally ranked program: US News and World Report ranked UNC Charlotte's M.Ed. in Instructional Design and Technology in the top 25 among the Best Online Master's in Education Programs Offering Educational/Instructional Media Design list for 2023.

Choose your concentration:

  • School Specialist: Lead technology integration in K-12 schools and districts.
  • Training and Development: Design and deliver impactful training in corporate, government, and nonprofit settings.
  • Online Learning and Teaching: Specialize in online education, becoming a sought-after K-12 or higher education instructor.

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Connect with an Enrollment Specialist today to learn more! Complete the For More Information box on this page or contact us using the links below.

Ashley Gibson

Enrollment Team
UNC Charlotte School of Professional Studies
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Application Deadlines: 

  • August 1 (fall)
  • December 1 (spring)
  • May 1 (summer first half term)
  • June 15 (summer second half term)

Admissions & Requirements: 

  • Complete the Graduate School Admission Application.
  • A bachelor’s degree from a university accredited by a US Department of Education-recognized institutional accreditor.
  • All previous work beyond high school documenting an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale).
  • Copies of unofficial transcripts from all academic coursework beyond high school.
  • Three recommendations from professionals who are able to judge the quality of the applicant as a future student in this program. Applicants will provide reference contact names and email addresses through the application portal. 
  • Statement of Purpose of no more than 750 words in 12-point font and double-spaced, written definitively, coherently, and incorporating thoughtful expression in response to:
    • What skills and knowledge do you hope to acquire and develop as a result of this program?
    • Characterize what you would contribute to the collective learning experiences of your fellow students.
    • Develop your narrative so that it clearly responds to the prompts and provides the reader with definitive, coherent, and thoughtful expression.
  • GRE or GMAT Scores (optional)
  • A work sample that is appropriate for the degree such as an instructional video, portfolio, tutorial, research paper, or technology-enhanced lesson plan (optional).

Additional items required for those using this program to satisfy the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Instructional Technology Specialists: Computers (10877).  This requirement is only for those who wish to earn the 077 license.  Those who wish to work in other instructional technology settings (higher education, corporate, military, government) do not have to fulfill this requirement.

  • A valid appropriate North Carolina teaching license A or G level (or equivalent from another state). In the online admission application, there is a field in which to specify the type of teaching license. Rather than uploading a copy of the teaching license into the application system, scan the license and email a copy to the Program Director.
  • A minimum of 2 to 3 years teaching experience.

M.Ed. in Learning, Design and Technology is a 33 credit hour program. Courses are delivered 100% online. Select one of the following concentrations:

School Specialist Concentration (18 Credit Hours)

  • ELDT 5100: Technology Integration in Education (3)
  • ELDT 6100: Foundations of Learning, Design, and Technology (3)
  • ELDT 6135: Learning Media, Resources, and Technology (3)
  • ELDT 6110: Instructional Design (3)
  • ELDT 6130: Instructional Multimedia Development (3)
  • RSCH 6101: Research Methods (3)

Training and Development Concentration (18 Credit Hours)

  • ELDT 6100: Foundations of Learning, Design, and Technology (3)
  • ELDT 6121: Advanced Instructional Design (3)
  • ELDT 6110: Instructional Design (3)
  • ELDT 6130: Instructional Multimedia Development (3)
  • ELDT 6170: Human Performance Technology (3)
  • RSCH 6101: Research Methods (3)

Online Learning and Teaching Concentration (18 Credit Hours)

  • ELDT 6100: Foundations of Learning, Design, and Technology (3)
  • ELDT 6101: Learning Principles in Learning, Design, and Technology (3)
  • ELDT 6110: Instructional Design (3)
  • ELDT 6130: Instructional Multimedia Development (3)
  • ELDT 6150: Design, Development, and Evaluation of Online Learning Systems (3)
  • RSCH 6101: Research Methods (3)

Elective Courses (9 credit hours)
Select three of the following:

  • ELDT 6000: Topics in Learning, Design, and Technology (1 to 6)
  • ELDT 6101: Learning Principles in Learning, Design, and Technology (3)
  • ELDT 6120: Current Trends in in Learning, Design, and Technology (3)
  • ELDT 6121: Advanced Instructional Design (3)
  • ELDT 6135: Learning Media, Resources, and Technology (3)
  • ELDT 6140: Instructional Video Development (3)
  • ELDT 6150: Design, Development, and Evaluation of Online Learning Systems (3)
  • ELDT 6160: Designing Learning Systems with Simulation and Game Technology (3)
  • RSCH 7196: Program Evaluation Methods (3)

Internship and Capstone Project (6 credit hours)

  • ELDT 6491: Internship in Learning, Design, and Technology (3)
  • ELDT 6492: Capstone Project in Learning, Design, and Technology (3)

Note: Students should work with an advisor to determine the related coursework that works best in their program of study.  For the most current approved courses, visit the Learning, Design, and Technology website.


*Rates are subject to change* 


  • $288.82 per credit hour

Outside of NC Non-Resident:

  • $536.98 per credit hour


  • $1,098.21 per credit hour

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UNC Charlotte’s M.Ed. in Learning, Design and Technology graduates go on to work for educational providers and corporations including:

  • Amazon
  • Ally
  • Cabarrus County Schools
  • South Carolina Department of Education
  • Bank of America
  • Central Piedmont Community College

Our M.Ed. graduates have job titles such as:

  • Directors and Managers of Training and Development
  • Instructional Designers and Coordinators
  • Postsecondary Teachers
  • Human Resources Managers

Strong salary expectations

Lightcast, a global leader in labor market analytics research, collects job and salary data from UNC Charlotte graduates. Lightcast sampled graduates of our M.Ed. in Learning, Design and Technology program and found the average annual estimated wage to be approximately $81,600.