Program SummaryLearn to evaluate the impact of technology on learning while you expand your skills in instructional design and instructional technology. This online master's degree program explores best practices in the field of learning design using practical, real-life examples.
Cultivate and Advance Your Instructional Design Skills
As the internet and the online experience continue to evolve, educators across the nation are turning to technology to more effectively engage students and trainees, improve learner performance, and enhance the quality of learning experiences. With a Master of Education in Learning, Design, and Technology (LDT), you can expand your skills in instructional design and instructional technology and understand how to evaluate the impact of technology on learning.
Instructional Design in Higher Education
As a student in these programs, you can learn to develop lesson plans and resources using contemporary theories of instruction. You can also learn best practices in the development and delivery of online, hybrid, and face-to-face curriculum. Our online programs are designed to help you successfully incorporate the use of the internet and technology in teaching and learning at your institution.
Study Skills Valued in a Corporate Setting
Corporate and military trainers can directly apply the experience and skills developed through these programs to the dynamic performance improvement needs in their organizations. We teach you how to create engaging learning experiences by thinking beyond the simple delivery of training content. Our course work goes beyond ADDIE (the famed analysis, design, develop, implement, and evaluate model of instructional design) to prepare our graduates to enrich learning environments with educational technology.
Learn core skills including design of learning management systems, implementation of mobile technologies for learning, design of informal learning experiences, intentional engagement of social learning experiences, and the implementation of technology-enhanced learning. We prepare our graduates for critical analysis of their educational and training programs, especially using cost-benefit and ROI analyses, audience analysis, and task analysis to guide the customization of their design work for specific content, audiences, and contexts.
Choose the Online Graduate Program in Learning, Design, and Technology That Is Right for You
Penn State World Campus has partnered with Penn State's College of Education — regularly ranked among the nation's best graduate schools by U.S. News & World Report — to offer programs in learning design. Taught by the same nationally recognized faculty as our resident program, these programs are designed to help you successfully incorporate the use of the Internet and technology in your professional setting. Penn State offers the Master of Education in Learning, Design, and Technology along with 3 certificates. Each certificate consists of courses that may be applied toward the full master’s degree.
Master of Education in Learning, Design, and Technology
This 30-credit degree program prepares graduates to design and implement educational technologies and to apply design thinking to support teaching and learning. Course work in the LDT program enables teachers, trainers, and design professionals to explore best practices in the field of learning design. Course activities challenge students to apply their understanding to practical, real-world problems, and encourage them to blend their personal and professional interests into their course work.
Learning, Design, and Technology Certificates
- Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Educational Technology Integration (15 credits)
- Postbaccalaureate Certificate in e-Learning Design (12 credits)
- Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Teaching and Learning Online in K–12 Settings (15 credits)
Act 48 Approved
Penn State is an Act 48–approved provider for Pennsylvania educators, so your courses may count toward your professional development hours. Please note that this program does not lead to initial teacher certification or the Pennsylvania Department of Education Instructional Technology Specialist Certificate. However, this program may help you to renew your teacher certification. Check with your state's Department of Education for exact requirements for recertification.
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