The master's degree program in learning design and technology can help you gain the skills and competencies you need to use emerging technologies, learning analytics, and learning theory to design adaptive and personalized online learning experiences. You can explore, develop, and integrate digital media, new pedagogical approaches, and online interactive resources to give students greater access to education and prepare them for success.

These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2021–2022 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.

Note: This program does not lead to teacher certification in Maryland.

About the Learning Design and Technology Master's Degree

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Apply learning sciences to design and implement transformative, personalized online and hybrid learning experiences
  • Identify and apply learning analytics, current research, and theory to optimize the online learning environment
  • Analyze data and create visualization models to inform learning design
  • Create authentic assessment strategies to evaluate online learning
  • Select, evaluate, and design media and technologies to support learning online
  • Communicate effectively online and in print using visual, oral, and written formats
  • Initiate and lead learning design projects
  • Evaluate legal and ethical issues and develop appropriate strategies for online learning projects
  • Use social media tools to create a personal learning network for ongoing professional development

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Research, propose, and design an adaptive and personalized online course
  • Create a scope and sequence document used to initiate and organize work of a design project
  • Analyze a learning design project and create a risk management plan
  • Collect and analyze online learner data to create a data visualization of results that influence curricular and instructional design changes
  • Identify and incorporate adaptive learning elements to information course design
  • Interview subject matter experts to initiate and develop the design specifications for an online learning project
  • Identify, lead, and promote collaboration and relationships between stakeholders critical to the learning design process
  • Develop interactive instructional materials
  • Use social media tools to create a personal learning network for ongoing professional development

Learning Design and Technology Master's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Master's Courses

Take the following courses in the order listed:

Foundation Course

  • DCL 600M

Core Courses

  • LDT 610
  • LDT 620
  • LDT 630
  • LDT 640
  • LDT 670

Course Rules and Program Progression

Other Requirements

  • You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
  • All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.
  • Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.

Please review our overview of overall master's degree requirements for additional considerations.

  • To maintain national professional accreditation, this program requires that you earn grades of 80 percent (B) or better on major assignments in certain courses—namely EDTC 600, EDTC 615, EDTC 630, EDTC 640, and EDTC 645, which are offered before specific transition points in the program—to move forward in the program.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for work in learning environment design using digital pedagogy, emerging technologies, and data analytics.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

We recommend you have a background in teaching, education, or professional development as well as basic experience in word processing. We recommend ASC 601 if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills.