Online Master of Education in Learning Design and Technologies

The Master of Education in learning design and technologies prepares you to take on a vital position in the design and development of digital learning. You’ll develop an understanding of learning theory and technology and how these elements can be used together to improve learning experiences.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 03/11/2024


Total classes:

Total classes: 10

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 30

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What is learning design and technology?

Learning design and technology centers on the design, development and evaluation of learning experiences that address instructional needs, training problems or performance gaps. Learning design and technology practitioners use iterative approaches, such as design thinking, to assess what their target audience knows and what they need to know. They use this information to develop a variety of instructional, training and performance programs across a wide range of organizational and higher education learning environments.

Why should I earn a Master of Education in learning design and technology?

 

Learning design and technology professionals help others build their knowledge and support the personal and professional growth of all learners through the development of effective learning experiences in organizations, higher education and other adult learning environments.

Digital learning continues to experience consistent growth with an increasing focus on online and blended learning in all settings. This program builds critical competencies related to designing effective online and blended learning, preparing you to effectively use technology and meet the needs of today’s learners. This degree can put you in a position to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

You may find a strong connection to this learning design and technology program if you have interests in some or all of the following areas:

  • Education and training, whether formal or informal.
  • Learning and development.
  • Online and blended learning.
  • Technology use.
  • Visual communication.

Is this an instructional design degree?

 

Yes, this learning design and technology degree can be seen as an instructional design degree. While the terms are sometimes used interchangeably, there are some important differences. Instructional design tends to focus on the instructor or facilitator’s role, whereas learning design focuses on the role of the learner. However, both share a common goal: improving the learning process.

After graduation, you may design, develop and test many types of learning structures, such as online instruction. You can choose to work in a formal education setting or play a role in industry training.

Does my master's in learning design and technologies say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Please note, this program does not lead to teacher certification. 

Learning design and technology courses

The master’s in learning design and technology online curriculum combines theory and practice for an in-depth education. You’ll take on relevant challenges and apply your knowledge in a variety of projects. Cutting-edge technology is a key area of focus. Featured courses include:


Core

Design and Development of Instruction


Core

Design of Accessible and Inclusive Digital Learning


Core

Design of Effective Communications


Core

Emerging Technologies


Core

Evaluation of Learning Systems


Core

Foundations of Learning Design and Technologies


Core

Issues in Online and Blended Learning


Core

Learning Theories and Instructional Strategies


What can I do with a degree in learning design and technology?

A learning design and technology degree can open the door to many career paths in organizational training, learning and development or higher education. Specific career examples include, but are not limited to:

Curriculum designer or developer

Educational software consultant

Instructional designer

Online learning specialist

Technology coordinator

Faculty on the leading edge of education theory and practice

The faculty of Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College draws from a range of academic disciplines — including cognitive science, psychology and economics — to gain insight into important questions about the process of learning, the practice of teaching and the effects of education policy. The faculty is committed to connecting research to schools and other learning environments. Our teacher and leadership preparation programs combine scholarly rigor with practical application.

Faculty on the leading edge of education theory and practice

The faculty of Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College draws from a range of academic disciplines — including cognitive science, psychology and economics — to gain insight into important questions about the process of learning, the practice of teaching and the effects of education policy. The faculty is committed to connecting research to schools and other learning environments. Our teacher and leadership preparation programs combine scholarly rigor with practical application.

Learning design and technologies degree admission requirements

Applicants to the Master of Education in learning design and technologies program must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

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Join one of the best colleges of education in the nation

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College brings people and ideas together to increase the capabilities of individual educators and the performance of education systems. According to U.S. News & World Report, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College is the only U.S. college of education to rank in the top 15 in both on-campus and online graduate education degrees.

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Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

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