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M.Ed. in Professional Studies Learning Technologies


Overview

The Master of Education, Professional Studies in Learning Technologies is a flexible, completely online program designed for professionals who want to learn how to design and facilitate interactive and engaging learning experiences in higher education, K-12, non-profit, government, and business contexts. The coursework will ground you in theory and applied technology to create online and innovative multimedia learning experiences. 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.

Format

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.

Curriculum

The curriculum includes three required core courses, four learning technologies courses, and three electives for a total of 30 credits to complete the M.Ed. degree program. The three core courses include a foundational course, an evaluation or research course, and a capstone course. Learners choose four courses for their learning technologies requirement, which include coursework in multimedia design and development, K-12 technology integration, and online distance learning. An additional three electives are selected in consultation with a faculty advisor according to your unique interests and goals.

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

Core Coursework (9 credits)

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

  • Introduction to Learning Technologies
  • Action Research in Educational Settings
  • Learning Technologies M.Ed. Capstone Project

Learning Technologies Coursework Requirement (12 credits)

Choose from a variety of learning technologies courses that meet your unique interests and goals.

Multimedia Design and Development:

  • Foundations of Interactive Design for Web-based Learning
  • Planning for Multimedia Design and Development
  • 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
  • Learning Analytics

Electives (9 credits)

Choose electives from a variety of programs to customize your degree. Students often select coursework in:

  • Computer Science
  • Design
  • Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development
  • Evaluation Studies
  • Educational Psychology
  • Project and Program Management

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, and interactive producers, 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