Degree: MA Endorsement
Classroom Type: Fully Online
CU Denver’s Learning Design & Technology program is unique. Students combine 12-credit certificates to create customized paths based on each individual’s career interests and goals. The program may also be completed by a licensed teacher for an added Teacher Librarian (K-12) endorsement from the Colorado Department of Education.
Interest Categories: Education & Counseling Science & Technology
Campus: CU Denver Online
Delivered completely online, the Learning Design & Technology (LDT) MA relies on the combining of certificate programs to flexibly address various professional roles and settings. Instead of an MA program that requires all students to complete a specific set of courses, this unique approach to the MA allows for differentiation based on your unique learning and professional interests and goals. In the LDT MA 30-credit hour program students complete two certificates on their way to the MA, leaving only an additional 6- to 9-credit hours to complete for graduation. Each certificate may be completed in one year or less, with the LDT MA completed in two years. In addition, because the LDT MA and certificate programs are fully online, professionals from all over the world may participate.
LDT MA students achieve four professional competencies through relevant, applied coursework:
Become competent, creative, and confident in the use of various digital media and technology in support of learning, collaboration, and communication.
Design learning opportunities, experiences, and programs, making best use of resources and engaging the full range of learner needs and strengths.
Reflect on the qualities of leadership and actively seek to infuse those qualities in one's work.
Encourage dialogue that heightens awareness of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and that expose the hidden and visible ways technologies and institutions perpetuate marginalization.
Below you will find sample program plans that illustrate how the LDT certificates are combined to meet the requirements of the LDT MA. Although these are recommended program plans, your professional goals and interests determine which certificates you combine to complete the LDT MA; you will work with your Academic Advisor and Faculty Mentor to finalize the most appropriate program plan for you.
K-12 teachers who are interested in the use of digital media to support student engagement and learning and wish to provide technology leadership in their schools and districts (with Colorado endorsement option) would complete two of the following three certificate programs -- Open Digital Pedagogy, Online Teaching and Learning, and Leadership in Learning Design and Technology -- plus two additional required courses.
Professionals who are interested in leading highly effective school libraries in K-12 settings (with Colorado endorsement option) would complete the Highly Effective School Libraries and Open Digital Pedagogy certificates plus three additional required courses.
College instructors who plan on doing course and curriculum design work and are interested in the use of digital media to support student engagement and learning would complete the Open Digital Pedagogy and Online Teaching and Learning certificates, plus two additional required courses.
Professionals who plan on doing course and training design work in workplace settings (corporate, nonprofit, military, government, and community) would complete the Learning Experience Design certificate with either the Online Teaching and Learning or Leadership in Learning Design and Technology certificates, plus two additional required courses.
Professionals who plan on doing course and curriculum design work in K-12 and/or higher education settings would complete the Learning Experience Design certificate with either the Online Teaching and Learning or Open Digital Pedagogy certificates, plus two additional required courses.
Recommended Completion Time:2 years
Required Credits for Completion:30
We practice "rolling admission" and after your application is complete, we strive to notify you of your admission status in no more than two to three weeks.
The following deadlines are firm, early submissions are encouraged.
Fall Semester: June 1
Spring Semester: November 1
Summer Semester: April 1
Admissions Interview: An interview may be required as part of the admissions process. If so, applicants will be contacted with more details.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-315-6300.
To complete the MA in Learning Design & Technology, you will need reliable high-speed Internet access from home. Faculty and students use web-based applications like Instructure Canvas to complete coursework. For more information, visit CU Online's technical requirements page.