Learning, Design and Technology, M.Ed.

Learning, Design and Technology, M.Ed.
33 Credit Hours
Admits: Fall, Spring & Summer
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In today’s rapidly-evolving technological landscape, instructional systems technology professionals, equipped with cutting-edge experience in burgeoning trends perform vital functions in a variety of fields, including corporate enterprises, healthcare, government, military, engineering, finance, nonprofits, education, and more. An in-depth understanding of instructional design, technology integration, online learning, and multimedia production will prepare you to pursue your career ambitions with confidence in your foundational knowledge, practical skills, and ability to adapt to the fast-paced evolution of technology in every forum and facet of our day-to-day lives.

The M.Ed. in Learning, Design and Technology is a 33-credit-hour Quality Matters certified program is 100% asynchronously online, and our courses are immersive and highly interactive. This combination ensures the rigor, quality, and flexibility of our online learning environment, while focusing on the hands-on teaching methods that effectively prepare our students to excel in their future careers.


  • School Specialist: This concentration prepares graduates to become licensed leaders of technology facilitation in K-12 schools and school districts, by providing professional development for other faculty members and modeling technology integration in the classroom.
  • Training and Development: This concentration is geared toward applications in the corporate sector as well as government, military, or even nonprofit roles in instructional design and development, analysis and evaluation, content development, and more.
  • Online Learning and Teaching: This concentration is designed for individuals interested in pursuing online teaching positions in higher education as well as K-12 environments, such as specializing in learning management, distance education, educational media, or the coordination of instructional technologies.

The program is 100% online and designed to be flexible for working professionals hoping to continue their education.

Graduates of the program will learn critical skills for positions in the field of Learning, Design and Technology. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Instructional Designer/Developer • Instructional Technologist • Training and Development Specialist • Content Developer • Human Resource Consultant • Evaluator


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*


  • $280.34 per credit hour
  • $9,252.00 est. program cost

Outside of NC Non-Resident:

  • $521.29 per credit hour
  • $17,203.00 est. program cost


  • $1,026.68 per credit hour
  • $33,881.00 est. program cost