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Learning Technologies

Master of Arts

Education, Curriculum and Instruction

The Learning Technologies track in the Education, Curriculum and Instruction M.A. program prepares people for research and practice related to multimedia, design, K-12 technology integration, and online distance learning. M.A. graduates often conduct research and engage in LT-related practice in K-12, higher education, or business settings. Coursework in LT includes hands-on learning and use of current technologies, development of technological solutions, consideration of theory and research, and conducting educational research.

This M.A. track is designed for students interested in a stronger research orientation than those who pursue the master of education degree. M.A students, who often continue to a Ph.D. program, are required to take courses in research methodology and to write a Plan A or Plan B paper to complete their degree. Students may engage in advanced media and software design and development or develop plans for technology integration for diverse educational settings.

Learning Technologies only accepts MA applications for Fall consideration.


Plan A (requires thesis)

Major: (Minimum of 18 cr.) 12 credits in a technology certificate (see Plan B)
CI 5331—Introduction to Instructional Systems and Technology ( 3 cr.)

CI 8133—Research Methods in Curriculum and Instruction (3 cr.)

Minor or related field: (6 cr.)

Thesis credits: CI 8777 (10 cr.)

Total: 34 credits

Plan B (requires final paper)

Major: (Minimum of 14 cr.) Specific courses listed below. An additional 12 semester credits satisfy the requirements for one of the certificate programs: Multimedia design and development, K-12 technology integration, or Online distance learning
CI 5331—Introduction to Instructional Systems and Technology

CI 5155—Contemporary Approaches to Instruction and Assessment or an approved course in Learning and Cognition or Adult Education

DES 8181—Research Ethics (1 cr.) or Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) part 1 & 2 workshops

A minimum of one 3-credit research course selected from list of recommended courses for C&I Plan B students.

CI 8395—Problems: Instructional Systems & Technology [3 cr. for Plan B paper(s)]

Minor or related field: (6 cr.)

Total: 30 credits


Department contacts

Kristina Pearson 
Graduate Studies Coordinator
Fax: 612-624-8277
125H Peik Hall

Cassandra Scharber
Assistant Professor
Tel: 612-625-7861
Fax: 612-624-8277
210 Learning and Environmental Sciences Bldg.

Admission information

Admission criteria and instructions on how to apply.

Department funding

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Transferring in credits

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