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Professional Development: M.Ed.
Learning Technologies

This is a practitioner-based program designed for those who want to learn more about leveraging digital technologies for teaching and learning in order to advance their careers and leadership capacity.

Number of credits: 30

Priority admission deadlines:

  • December 15 (spring start)
  • April 30 (summer start)
  • July 31 (fall start)
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What you'll learn

Prepares experienced teachers and educational practitioners in PreK-12, higher education, and business settings, as well as professionals interested in advancing their skills in online distance learning, technology integration, learning analytics, and multimedia design and development.

Courses are 3 credits, unless otherwise indicated. Three core curriculum courses are required and additional course electives are selected in consultation with a faculty adviser according to your unique interests and educational goals. A minimum total of 30 credits is required to complete the M.Ed. degree program.

Core curriculum (9 credits):

  • Introduction to learning technologies
  • Practical research
  • Directed individual study in curriculum and instruction

Multimedia design and development:

  • Foundations of interactive design for web-based learning
  • Introduction to multimedia development
  • Planning for multimedia design and development
  • Interactive multimedia instruction
  • Contemporary software development issues and tools

K-12 technology integration:

  • Technology tools for educators
  • Teaching and learning with the internet
  • Special topics in learning technologies

Online distance learning:

  • Foundations of distance education
  • Online learning communities
  • Designing and developing online distance learning
  • Designing online adventure learning

+ One elective from outside C&I but within CEHD

Learn from leading scholars
Cutting-edge research

Our faculty have won local, national, and international teaching and research awards. Their research informs educational policy and practice.

Tailored to your needs

Work with a faculty adviser to plan your coursework around your interests.

Most of our courses are offered online. We will offer a completely online M.Ed. program beginning Fall 2017

International students with F-1 visas may take no more than the equivalent of one completely online education class (or 3 credits per semester) and count it towards their full-time course requirement. Full-time enrollment for graduate students is 6 credits.

Tuition + Aid

Cost information is on the CE+HD site.

Get credit for past work
Transfer credits

Maximum transfer credits: 12

Credits may have been taken at UMN or at another institution. Credits must be at the graduate level and must be approved by a faculty adviser.

  1. Contact the academic adviser (for contact info, see below) to arrange to work with a faculty adviser to have your courses approved
  2. After the faculty adviser approves your transfer courses, fill out the Academic Policy Petition.

Prepare to apply
All applicants

A bachelor's degree and 2.80 GPA is required.

To apply you will need to submit:

  • Unofficial transcripts. Upload your transcripts into the application system; please do not mail your transcripts. Official transcripts are required only after you are admitted.
  • Resume. Tailor your resume to focus on relevant academic and work experience.
  • Personal statement. Describe your career goals and rationale for pursuing your M.Ed. Limit: 1 page.

Prepare to apply
International applicants

International applicants may also need:

  • An English translation of your transcripts, if the transcript is not in English.
  • A course by course evaluation may be required.
  • TOEFL scores. Official TOEFL scores are required. You may qualify for an exception if you have completed 16 semester or 24 quarter credits within the past 24 months in residence as a full-time student at an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States.

    UMN TOEFL score requirements and submission guidelines

    TOEFL registration and score submission

Download and refer to this tip sheet as you work through the application. The included directions will help you complete your application quickly and smoothly.


Academic adviser
Michelle McElroy

Faculty adviser
Matti Koivula