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Master of Education in Learning, Design, and Technology, Instructional Design and Development
Become an eLearning design expert online through the University of Georgia’s online M.Ed. in Learning, Design, and Technology program. This program includes an emphasis in Instructional Design & Development (IDD) that prepares education, military, healthcare, business, and industry professionals to become highly skilled instructional designers. UGA's distinguished faculty will teach you both the art and the science of using emerging technologies and media to design and develop highly effective instruction.
The instructional design and development profession is experiencing an increase in demand for highly skilled Instructional Designers who can use emerging technologies to reach audiences in an immersive and interactive way. In this program, you'll learn to use media creation tools and technology to create eLearning modules, video presentations, and more, while studying how design approaches such as games, simulations, and educational multimedia can help you develop meaningful learning experiences. In addition, you'll study a variety of learning theories and instructional design models as you develop an understanding of which approaches and methods may work best for a given learning need.
University of Georgia online graduate education programs are ranked #6 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Georgia.
- Computer with current operating system (Windows or Mac). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones and printer may be required.
- High Speed Internet Access.
- Specific software may be required.
Tuition & Fees
|Online Tuition||$638 per credit hour||36 credit hours||$22,968 USD|
|Student Fees||$597 per semester||6 semesters||$3,582 USD|
|Total Program Cost||$26,550 USD|
Tuition and fees are subject to change. Tuition is the same regardless of residency. Current tuition and fees are available on the Bursar's Office website. If you register for less than 5 credit hours, student fees are reduced to $366 in that semester.
Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, Special Institutional, and Technology. See UGA Tuition and Fees for the complete schedule of fees.
Additional costs may include:
- Exam proctoring fees
- Technology upgrades
- Specific software purchase decisions will be mentored by instructors during the first two semesters; but typically these would include Adobe Captivate, Adobe Dreamweaver, and Adobe Photoshop.
Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for information about financial assistance.
Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.
Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit Veterans Educational Benefits to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.
University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
The purpose of TAP is to foster the professional growth and development of eligible employees. For more information, see Tuition Assistance (refer to the Distance Learning section).
Credit and Transfer
Total Hours Required to Earn Degree: 36 (credit hours)
Maximum Hours Transferable into Program: 9
Students are admitted in the fall or spring of each academic year. Students applying to The University of Georgia must be accepted by the Graduate School. Persons holding a bachelor's degree from any institution accredited by the proper regional accrediting association are eligible to apply. The Graduate School will accept scores* as valid for 5 years, until September 15 following the 5th anniversary of the testing date. Otherwise, applicants must take one of the tests again.
Applicants need to be fluent in basic computer skills and have good English language communication skills.
- Application – Submit the Graduate School application online. Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International.
- Test Scores* – Send recent official entrance test scores (less than five years old) to the graduate school. UGA institutional code for ETS reporting: 5813
- GRE or Miller Analogy Test (MAT)
- International applicants must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.
- Goal Statement – Submit online to the graduate school. The goal statement should clarify the candidate’s relevant background, interests, and goals in relation to the program. Include a link to your online portfolio.
- Basic online portfolio - Include a link to this in your Goal Statement. The online portfolio or project represents your prior experience using technology successfully to design content. It should also provide evidence of your ability to learn technology skills in self-directed ways.
- Letters of Recommendation – Submit three letters of recommendation online to the graduate school. Letters should be from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s scholarly ability and potential for success in a graduate program. Preferably at least two of them are from faculty who have instructed the applicant in a previous program of study.
- Résumé or curriculum vita – Submit online to the graduate school.
- Official Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission.
* Please note: The Learning, Design, and Technology program can request a waiver of the GRE or MAT on your behalf if you satisfy one of the following conditions
- Earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution in a related discipline with at least a 3.0 GPA, have a minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience, and a well-written statement of purpose. We are seeking individuals who possess the perspective, the intellectual capacity, and the drive and determination to successfully complete the LDT program
- Earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution and hold, in good standing, a credential relevant to your intended field, for example, the Certified Professional Learning and Performance (CPLP) credential from the Association for Talent Development.
- Have completed a minimum of 6-9 credits of graduate coursework at a regionally accredited college or university in a related field with a 3.5 GPA or higher.
- Have successfully completed a minimum of six credits of coursework in the eLearning Design non-degree graduate certificate at UGA.
- Previously earned a graduate degree in a related field.
- Evidence of the capacity and prerequisite ability needed to complete a degree in LDT. For example, provide a link to an online presence (e.g., portfolio, website) that demonstrates 2-3 projects that align with degree program of interest.
- Fall: July 1
- Spring: November 15
- Fall: April 15
- Spring: October 15
Registration deadlines vary per semester. The UGA Office of the Registrar web site provides up-to-date information on registration dates.
This program is offered fully online in a cohort structure and consists of a minimum of 36 semester hours. While the program is fully online, there is an opportunity to attend the annual IDD@UGA conference, a professional event that includes a new student orientation. Attendance at this one-time campus event is strongly encouraged for all currently enrolled or newly enrolled students.
Students must maintain a 3.0 average in all graduate courses in their programs of study. Students will also develop a portfolio of products that reflect the skills they have developed and the knowledge they have gained within the program. The portfolio serves as the basis of a comprehensive oral examination that is required at the end of the program. The IDD Portfolio Management site can be found online.
Example Student Portfolios:
For more IDD student portfolios see http://ldt.coe.uga.edu/idd/portfolios/.
Fall Admissions Course Schedule
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Spring Admissions Course Schedule
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News & Events
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|Faculty Profile: Michael Orey, Associate Professor in Learning Design and Technology||
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The 2016 IDD@UGA conference is coming up! The two-day professional instructional design and development (IDD) conference, held at the UGA Hotel & Conference Center, includes sessions and demonstrations presented by those with a variety of experiences — from students and scholars, to professionals — giving participants a complete understanding of quality eLearning design. Presenters come from many different backgrounds including corporate, industry, government, higher education and more.
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|Guest Blog: Maybe We've Been Asking The Wrong Question||
A guest blog written by Dr. Theodore J. Kopcha of the Learning, Design, and Technology program at UGA Online.
I want to begin by saying that I love teaching online. I’ve done it for over 10 years and I could not imagine my teaching any other way – teaching online has forced me to face many realities and grow in my teaching practice. People are often surprised by my enthusiasm. Colleagues ask me if teaching online is the same as teaching face-to-face (which I’ve also taught).
|Engaging in Sustainable Online Course Development||
The instructional design team at the Office of Online Learning takes pride in working with faculty to create online learning experiences that live up to the academic standards of the University of Georgia. We also consider how the environment we work in can support the continued offering of the courses we help develop. To this end, we encourage faculty to engage in sustainable course development practices for all online courses.
|Two Online Professors Selected as Service Learning Fellows||
This year, the University of Georgia's Office of Service-Learning has selected three faculty members from the College of Education to participate in its yearlong Service-Learning Fellows program, two of whom teach in online degree programs.
|UGA’s Online Programs Ranked Among the Best In Nation by US News||
The University of Georgia has some of the best online degree programs in the nation, according to the 2016 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs Rankings. UGA is ranked No. 3 among all universities for best online graduate programs in education and No. 5 for best online bachelor's programs overall.
|Dr. Ikseon Choi, Online Learning Design and Technology Professor, Begins Robotics Lab at Local Elementary School||
Dr. Ikseon Choi, associate professor in the Department of Career and Information Studies in the University of Georgia College of Education, has initiated a new robotics lab at a local school through a partnership with South Korean robotics company RoboRobo.
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Contact the online Learning Design and Technology Coordinator for answers to any additional questions you may have.
Email us using the request for information form
The 2017 annual IDD@UGA professional conference will be held August 18-19 at the UGA Hotel & Conference Center in Athens.
This two-day professional conference showcases innovative Instructional Design and Development (IDD) projects and eLearning design strategies. Sessions and demonstrations are presented by students, scholars, and professionals from a variety of contexts including corporate, industry, government, higher education, and others. Content includes practical, hands-on learning experiences that can immediately be applied to improve job performance as well as specific examples of client-based projects for real-world application. This is a low-cost, high-value event that is rich in content and in meaningful networking with established leaders. The event also serves as an annual orientation and professional networking event for UGA IDD students.