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Learning, Design, and Technology, M.Ed.


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The M.Ed. in Learning, Design, and Technology is a 33 credit hour program that prepares instructional design professionals to analyze, create, use, integrate, implement, evaluate and manage instructional and performance solutions.  When students graduate, they hold instructional design and technology positions in education (P-12 and higher education), corporate, government, or military organizations.  The program develops professionals who are solidly grounded in instructional technology foundations, principles, theories, applications, and current trends and provides opportunities for them to integrate different forms of technology to enhance teaching and learning.

This M.Ed. program is offered 100% online through the Office of Distance Education.  For more information, visit distanceed.uncc.edu.

Program Objectives

Aligned with the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) standards, the program prepares graduates to: 

  1. Create, use, assess, and manage theoretical and practical applications of educational technologies and processes.
  2. Demonstrate effective analysis, integration, and implementation of educational technologies and processes based on contemporary content and pedagogy.
  3. Facilitate learning by creating, using, evaluating, and managing effective learning environments.
  4. Design, develop, implement, and evaluate technology-rich learning environments within a supportive community of practice.
  5. Explore, evaluate, synthesize, and apply methods of inquiry to enhance learning and improve performance.

Admission Requirements


Interested applicants may apply online at graduateschool.uncc.edu.  Applications are accepted for Fall, Spring, and Summer admissions.  Check the program website for application deadlines.

The admission process is competitive and determined by the following application components:

  1. Applicants are required to have a minimum of a B.A. or B.S. degree from a college or university accredited by an accepted accrediting body
  2. Official transcripts
  3. GRE or MAT scores (Students who have completed either the IST Graduate Certificate  or at least 4 courses within the IST Graduate Certificate  with a GPA of 3.5 or above do not have to submit GRE or MAT scores)
  4. Three letters of recommendation from professionals who are able to judge the quality of the applicant as a future student in this program
  5. Statement of Purpose of no more than 750 words in 12-point font and double-spaced, written definitively, coherently, and incorporating thoughtful expression in response to:
    1. What skills and knowledge do you hope to acquire and develop as a result of this program?
    2. Characterize what you would contribute to the collective learning experiences of your fellow students.
  6. Additional items required for those using this program to satisfy the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Instructional Technology Specialists: Computers (10877).  This requirement is only for those who wish to earn the 077 license.  Those who wish to work in other instructional technology settings (higher education, corporate, military, government) do not have to fulfill this requirement.
    1. A valid appropriate North Carolina teaching license A or G level (or equivalent from another state). In the online admission application, there is a field in which to specify the type of teaching license. Rather than uploading a copy of the teaching license into the application system, scan the license and email a copy to the Program Director
    2. A minimum of 2 to 3 years teaching experience

Degree Requirements


The M.Ed. in Learning, Design, and Technology program requires a total of 33 credit hours comprising courses in a selected concentration, an internship, and capstone project.

Concentration Requirements


Below are the suggested courses for each concentration.  Students should work with an advisor to determine the related coursework that works best in their program of study.  For the most current approved courses, visit the Learning, Design, and Technology website

School Specialist Concentration


This concentration is for those who work in the P-12 system and who already hold either an “A” or “G” level teaching license from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (or from another state) for the new Masters/Advanced “M” license in Instructional Technology Specialists.

Training and Development Concentration


This concentration is for instructional technology personnel who wish to do training and development in corporate, higher education, government, and military.

Online Learning and Teaching Concentration


This concentration is for those interested in designing, developing, or managing online learning and teaching.

Internship and IST Capstone Project (6 credit hours)


Students in each concentration must complete an internship and a Capstone Project as part of the Capstone experience.  For more specific information regarding the Master’s Capstone Project, students should contact their advisor.

Degree Total = 33 Credit Hours


Licensure - Instructional Technology Specialist (North Carolina 077)


The M.Ed. in Learning, Design, and Technology program with a School Specialist concentration also qualifies graduates who already hold either an “A” or “G” level teaching license from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (or from another state) for the new Masters/Advanced “M” license in Instructional Technology Specialists: Computers (NC 077) license.  Students should work with an advisor to complete these requirements.  Students in the other concentrations earn the M.Ed. degree, but not the 077 license.

Program Certification/Accreditations


  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) (with National Recognition)
  • North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI)

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