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Online Master's Degree: Learning Design & Technology

Learning Design & Technology
Master of Science
  • 30 credits
  • Transfer up to 12 credits
  • All courses available online
  • $534 per credit (in-state)
  • $659 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $336 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
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Earn a Master of Science in learning design and technology at University of Maryland Global Campus and build gain skills and competencies you need to use emerging technologies, learning analytics, and learning theory to design adaptive and personalized online learning experiences. This state-of-the-art online program is designed for specialists and other professionals who want to leverage the power of technology in the field of education. Study in UMGC’s convenient online classroom with knowledgeable professors who are innovators in the field. Learn the newest industry standards with coursework that is constantly being updated. And gain knowledge that you can apply on the job right away! 

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

Operate the Learning Platforms of the Future 

UMGC's learning design and technology program combines theory, research, and practical applications to help students gain the skills they need to analyze and implement technology-enhanced learning experiences. Our curriculum covers a wide range of career-relevant topics, including learning theories, instructional design, multimedia design, assessment and evaluation, project management, and emerging technologies. The program is designed to help students gain the knowledge that can help them advance their careers in K-12 schools; institutions of higher learning; non-profit organizations; or workforce training, upskilling, and development. 

Here are a few of the benefits of joining this graduate program: 

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Gain Career-Focused Experience

As technology continues to grow and improve, employers in the field of education and the emerging field of educational technology are searching for professionals who understand how to integrate new technological innovations into their pedagogical methods. This online program is designed to help students develop their skills in several in-demand areas of study, including instructional design, multimedia production, learning analytics, and instructional technology.

UMGC’s program directors refresh and update the curriculum and course content regularly, with a focus on helping students achieve these learning goals:

Advance in EdTech

This program is designed to help you prepare for learning design and technology careers in several professional contexts. The skills that you’ll learn in this program may be able to translate to a number of industries, including companies in the public sector, the private sector, and the non-profit sector. Potential job titles include instructional designer, learning development specialist, instructional technologist, training and development specialist, and instructional systems specialist. UMGC courses are taught by experienced faculty and address skills and competencies that are highly valued by today’s employers.

Annual Job Openings
There are projected to be about 36,500 new job openings for training and development specialists each year from 2021 to 2031.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics | “Occupational Outlook Handbook” | 2023
Online Training Market
The global online corporate training market, which is estimated at $7.87 billion in 2023, is expected to reach $15.88 billion by 2028.
Source: Research and Markets | “Global Online Corporate Training Market (2023–2028) | January 2023
Job Increase
Employment for instructional coordinators is expected to grow 7 percent by 2031.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics | Occupational Outlook Handbook | 2023

Practice Real-World Skills in Your Coursework 

Throughout your curriculum, your instructors will assign coursework that will help you prioritize real-world skills and experience. In past courses, students have been able to complete the following projects: 

  • Craft a detailed design document for the development of an adaptive online course module using current research, learning theory, and learning analytics tools.  
  • Develop interactive instructional materials using web technologies, media production tools, social media, and a learning management system.  
  • Use learning analytics tools to create data visualization models to inform the design and evaluation of online courses.  
  • Work with a client to construct a scope of work and client agreement and then design an online learning environment to the client’s specifications. 

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