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M.Ed. in Professional Studies Learning Technologies


The Master of Education, Professional Studies in Learning Technologies is a flexible, completely online program designed for professionals who want to learn how to create customized digital applications, games, interfaces, and multimedia projects. Graduate with a portfolio of your work, ready to take your career to the next level.

You bring the ideas, We’ll help you realize them.


You can participate in the program on your schedule, from anywhere in the world. Students have access to the cutting-edge research and faculty in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota. Students can schedule individualized meetings with instructors at any time.


Three core curriculum courses are required and additional courses are selected in consultation with a faculty advisor according to your unique interests and educational goals. A minimum total of 30 credits is required to complete the M.Ed. degree program.

To see detailed course information visit the M.Ed. Professional Studies page in the graduate catalog and scroll down under the Learning Technnologies sub-plan.

Core curriculum (9 credits):

Develop your own capstone project that will start, or flesh out, your digital portfolio for employers.

Each spring LT holds a showcase event to exhibit students' capstone projects. See pictures and news from last year's showcase.

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

Career Outlook

Our M.Ed’s in professional studies are employed in many different positions, including K12 technology integration specialists, online learning specialists, corporate trainers, instructional designers, program evaluators, interactive producers, health practitioners, and software engineers to name a few, within industry, higher education, and K12 schools.

Timeline and Admissions

Applications are accepted for three different start times throughout the year:

Priority admission deadlines:

  • December 15 (spring start)
  • April 30 (summer start)
  • July 31 (fall start)

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.

For detailed admissions information, visit the M.Ed. Professional Studies admissions page.

You can also contact the faculty advisors for the program Matti Koivula and Jolie Kennedy.

Annie Schroeder

"The faculty here are the ones writing the books on the topics of technology integration, transformative learning experiences, and distance learning. They challenge us to think creatively and practice what they teach when it comes to teaching best practices."

Annie Schroeder, M.Ed. 2019, Digital Learning Specialist, Bloomington Public Schools