Overview

Master of Education in Learning, Design, and Technology—Instructional Design & Development

Become an instructional design expert with the University of Georgia’s online Master’s degree in Learning, Design, & Technology program. The program includes an emphasis on Instructional Design & Development (IDD) that prepares education, military, healthcare, business, and industry professionals to become highly skilled instructional designers.

UGA's distinguished Instructional Design & Development faculty demonstrate the art and science of using emerging technologies and media to develop highly effective instruction for face-to-face and online learning environments. Students 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 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 approach and methods may work best for a given learning need.

The University of Georgia’s online graduate education programs were ranked #5 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2019, and the online M.Ed. in Learning, Design, and Technology program was ranked the #6 online Master’s in Educational Technology program in 2019 according to BestColleges.

Accreditations

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 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools 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.

Technology Requirements

  • Computer with current operating system (Windows, Mac, or Linux). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones, and printer may be required.
  • High-speed internet access.
  • Specific software may be required.

Cost

Tuition & Fees

Online Tuition $629 per credit hour 36 credit hours $22,644 USD
Student Fees $597 per semester 6 semesters $3,582 USD
Total Program Cost     $26,226 USD

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Tuition is the same regardless of residency. Visit the Bursar's Office website for current tuition and fees. If you register for less than 5 credit hours, student fees are reduced to $372 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.

Other Costs

Additional costs may include textbooks, exam proctoring fees, and technology upgrades.

Financial Aid

Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for information about financial assistance.

Corporate Assistance

Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.

Military Assistance

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). 

Admissions

 

Credit and Transfer

Total Hours Required to Earn Degree:  36 (credit hours)

Maximum Hours Transferable into Program:  6

Admission Requirements

Students are admitted in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. All students holding a bachelor's degree from an institution accredited by the proper regional accrediting association are eligible to apply to the Instructional Design program. The Graduate School will accept test scores as valid for 5 years (specifically, until September 15 following the 5th anniversary of the testing date). Applicants need to be fluent in basic computer skills and have proficient English language communication skills.

  1. Application – Submit the Graduate School Admissions online.  Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International (waived for US veterans).
  2. Select Campus - Online
  3. Select Intended Program - MED, Learning, Design, and Technology (Career and info Studies)[MED_LEDT_ONL] 
  4. Select Area of Emphasis - Instructional Design and Development 
  5. Entrance Exam Scores – Have official entrance exam scores sent to the UGA Graduate School by the testing service. Specify UGA as the recipient of the scores, institutional code for ETS reporting: 5813 
    1. GRE or MAT
    2. International applicants must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.
  6. Résumé or curriculum vita – Upload to the Graduate School application.
  7. Statement of Purpose –  Submit a one-page statement of purpose online to the Graduate School. The statement of intent should clarify the candidate's relevant background, interests, and goals in relation to the program.
  8. Transcripts – Upload unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended to the Graduate School application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission.
  9. Letters of Recommendation – Submit three letters of recommendation online to 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. The application will prompt your recommenders to submit their letters electronically.

*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:

  • You have 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 have a well-written statement of purpose. We are seeking individuals who possess the perspective, intellectual capacity, and drive and determination to successfully complete the LDT program.

  • You have 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.

  • You 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.

  • You have successfully completed a minimum of six credits of coursework in the eLearning Design non-degree graduate certificate at UGA.

  • You have previously earned a graduate degree in a related field.

Application Deadlines

Accepting applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.

Domestic Applicants

Fall (July 1)

Spring (November 15)

Summer (March 15)

International Applicants

Fall (April 15)

Spring (October 15)

Summer (February 15)

Registration deadlines vary per semester. The UGA Office of the Registrar web site provides up-to-date information on registration dates.

Curriculum

The online Master’s in Learning, Design, and Technology—Instructional Design & Development program is offered in a cohort structure and consists of a minimum of 36 semester hours. 

Students must maintain a 3.0 average in all graduate courses in their programs of study. Instructional Design students 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. 

Instructional Design & Development Courses

Students seeking this degree will take the following courses:

Course Title
EDIT 6170e Introduction to Instructional System Design
EDIT 6190e Design Thinking and Development Tools
EDIT 6200e Designing Interactive Learning Environments
EDIT 7350e Evaluation and Analytics in Instructional Design
EDIT 6400e Foundations for Learning for Instruction Design and Technology
EDIT 6500e Video Production for Teaching and Learning
EDIT 7520e Online Teaching and Learning
EDIT 7170e Advanced Instructional Design
EDIT 6210e Team-Based Design of Interactive Learning Environments
EDIT 7150e Principles of Human Performance Technology and Analysis
EDIT 6900e Research MEthods in Instructional Technology
EDIT 7550e Project Management in Instructional Design

NOTE: Student class scheduling is subject to course availability. All courses are offered at least once per year. Be sure to communicate with your academic advisor.

Additional information and disclosures regarding state licensure for professional practice in this field can be found at the UGA Licensure Disclosure Portal.

News & Events

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The College of Education acted on their commitment to teaching students today’s most relevant and desirable skills for their future pursuits. The Adult Ed program has been revitalized and aptly named the online M.Ed. in Learning, Leadership, and Organizational Development.

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Two Online Professors Selected as Service Learning Fellows
UGA’s Online Programs Ranked Among the Best In Nation by US News
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. He has worked with the Department of Career and Information Studies’Research for the Advancement of Innovative Learning (RAIL) Program to create new curriculum for fifth-grade classrooms in Georgia counties based on the technology.

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Contact Information

Learn more about the online M.Ed. in Learning, Design, and Technology—Instructional Design & Development program!

Ready to learn more about the online Master of Education in Learning, Design, and Technology—Instructional Design & Development program? 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 or call 1 (706) 452-7940