MA in Educational Technology and Learning Design

New in Fall 2023

As of the Fall 2023 term, the Master of Arts in Learning and Emerging Technologies will be referred to as the MA in Educational Technology and Learning Design.

The Master of Arts in Educational Technology and Learning Design is an interdisciplinary program that is designed for individuals from a variety of backgrounds, where faculty members and students engage in authentic learning activities using educational technologies. These technologies include tools that extend face-face or online learning experiences beyond the training or classroom environment with a matrix of tools that can make up personal and networked learning environments. These tools include means of networking and communication; interacting in immersive environments; engaging in simulations and games; sharing resources; consolidating images, audio and video content; and collaborating on projects.

This program is appropriate for current instructional designers or those interested in instructional design careers for the college, school or corporate or professional organization training environments. K-12 teachers seeking professional certification benefit from this program.  Community College or other faculty interested in expanding their understanding of instructional technology and learning design engage in this program for increased specialization.  There are also specialized options for artists and arts educators along with those interested in a Science, Math, Technology and Engineering focus.  For a student, being part of this community of practice is to model the types of interactions and creative, problem-based activities made possible by using a range of educational technology tools.


  • Study anytime, anywhere. All courses take place online.
  • Tailor your studies to your goals. Students shape their experience in each course to align with their own projects, objectives and vision. Course formats frequently change to accommodate the unique needs of each class.
  • Connect with accomplished peers. In this environment, students continually collaborate and draw on one another’s perspectives.
  • Earn an innovative degree. Students graduate not just with a firm grasp of the latest platforms and tools, but also with the capacity to evaluate future innovations, enabling them to adapt easily to new technologies in the years to come.

Program Design

The MA in Educational Technology and Learning Design program offers a 30-credit professional-focused curriculum. There are five core courses (15 credits), four electives in the area of concentration (12 credits), and a capstone course (final professional project in the student’s area of interest 3 credits.) Students can choose to embed a certificate program for the electives or individualize the electives to support the capstone study.

Required Core Courses and Capstone
  • EDET 6005 Learning and Emerging Technologies: Theory and Practice, 3cr
  • EDET 6010 Media Literacies in Emerging Technologies, 3cr
  • EDET 6015 Instructional Design for Online Learning Environments, 3cr
  • EDET 6020 Issues and Ethics in the Digital Age, 3cr
  • EDET 6025 Assessing Learning in Digital Environments, 3cr
  • EDET 7020 Capstone Project, 3cr
Electives and Advanced Certificates

Students can choose individualized electives, or they may embed a certificate program* into their degree plans by incorporating the courses of those certificates into the degree to satisfy its electives component.

Please see the School for Graduate Studies Academic Catalog for detailed program information including recommended course enrollment sequencing and descriptions.

*Students must apply to a certificate program separately from the master's degree application.