Master of Arts in Learning Design and Technology

MA Endorsement

The Learning Design and Technology (LDT) MA is a unique graduate program. Students combine LDT certificates to create customize paths based on individual learning, professional interests and goals. The LDT MA program may also be completed for an added Teacher Librarian (K-12) endorsement or Instructional Technology Specialist (K-12) endorsement from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE).

The Program at a Glance

School: School of Education & Human Development Campus: Online Classroom: Fully Online Recommended completion time: 2 years Credits required for completion: 30 Application deadline: Rolling decision

The Details

Delivered completely online, the Learning Design and 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 five professional competencies through relevant, applied coursework:

Digital Media and Technology

Become competent, creative, and confident in the use of various digital media and technology in support of learning, collaboration, and communication.

Learning Experience Design 

Design learning opportunities, experiences, and programs, making best use of resources and engaging the full range of learner needs and strengths.

Inquiry and Change 

Engage in relevant and intentional inquiry to address organizational needs and opportunities, explore problems of practice, and inform decision making that leads to positive change and growth.

Professional Learning and Leadership 

Seek out opportunities for leadership to support learner agency and success by improving teaching and learning with the use of digital media and technology.

Reflective Practice 

Continually improve professional practice by learning from and with others and exploring proven and promising practices that leverage technology to improve learners’ learning and performance.

Below you will find sample program plans that illustrate how the LDT certificates are combined to meet the requirements of the LDT MA. Note: 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.

Sample MA Program Plans

Admissions Requirements

Application Deadlines

The following deadlines are firm, early submissions are encouraged.

Fall Semester: June 1

Spring Semester: November 1

Summer Semester: April 1

Application Requirements

  • 3 recommendation letters
  • Official Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • If applying for an endorsement, proof of teaching license or special services license is required
  • Resume/CV
  • Written Statement: Describe your interest in the program, your special strengths, and the goals you hope to achieve through your work in the program
  • $50.00 application fee
  • International Applicants only: Proof of English Language Proficiency (International applicants should review the following information regarding English language proficiency)
  • 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 education@ucdenver.edu or call 303-315-6300.

Additional Requirements

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.