Bring together digital learning tools and groundbreaking research to help learners succeed. The online Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota teaches you to bring the best technologies to your curriculum. Whether you're teaching children to read, or leading professional development at the office, you'll be ready to enrich your students' learning experiences.
The program was designed in partnership between K-12 and higher-education administrators, educators, and technology industry leaders, including Apple. With an emphasis on critical and creative thinking, explore individualized learning and personalized curriculum development while discovering new ways to increase engagement using the latest learning theories and technologies.
Upon graduation, you'll be able to:
- Ignite learning by incorporating new knowledge and tools into lessons
- Help students learn to use technology to acquire new life skills such as digital literacy and problem solving
- Design a curriculum incorporating digital teaching strategies like game-based learning and web publishing
- Find the best way to integrate technologies into lesson plans to engage learners
- Understand how learning occurs for different people to design personalized-learning opportunities that encourage critical and creative thinking
- Explore learning analytics to design individual learning strategies for students
- Incorporate education technology research into your instruction and establish a Personal Learning Network (PLN)
- Initiate organization-wide change and continuous improvement in learning technology
Learn more to earn more: 88 percent of major U.S. school districts provide a higher salary for teachers with a master's degree,1 while salaries for learning designers and technologists are even higher. Each position listed below offers job growth at or above the national average between 2016 and 2026 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.2
- Instructional Coordinator/Designer, $64,450 median annual salary3
- Training and Development Manager, $111,340 median annual salary4
- Elementary and Kindergarten Teacher, $57,980 median annual salary5
- Middle School Teacher, $58,600 median annual salary6
- High School Teacher, $60,320 median annual salary7
- K-12 Administrator, $95,310 median annual salary8
1Nittler, Kency (2018, July). How do school districts compensate teachers for advanced degrees? Retrieved from https://www.nctq.org/blog/How-do-school-districts-compensate-teachers-for-advanced-degrees.
2Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Instructional Coordinators. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/instructional-coordinators.htm.
3Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Training and Development Managers. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/training-and-development-managers.htm.
4Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/kindergarten-and-elementary-school-teachers.htm.
5Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Middle School Teachers. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/middle-school-teachers.htm.
6Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, High School Teachers. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/high-school-teachers.htm.
7Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/elementary-middle-and-high-school-principals.htm.
This program is offered fully online.
The program prepares you to connect learners to digitally-mediated modes of learning, thinking, and knowing. Technology is used to redefine instruction and create new learning tasks, moving beyond technology as a substitution tool. Instructional technology becomes a mind tool to enable learning that could not happen in any other way. Pairs of courses focus on transformative learning areas related to research, the educators new role, instruction through technology, collaboration, and change.
For more information and course descriptions, check out our course catalog.
Applicants must submit:
An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
A minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale.
The language proficiency to succeed in graduate-level classes.
If your overall GPA is below 2.75, you may receive provisional status in the program at the discretion of the M.Ed. program director.
$25 non-refundable application fee: Note that Saint Mary's alumni, students seeking readmission, veterans, and active military personnel are exempt from this application fee.
Official transcripts: An official transcript issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed bachelor degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits must be sent separately and directly from your undergraduate institution in a sealed envelope. We don't accept transcripts that are scanned, emailed, or faxed.
A written statement describing your personal background, interest in learning design, previous experience, and career goals. Tell us why you're seeking admission to our online M.Ed. program, highlight your strengths, and share personal information that you feel makes you a great fit for the program.
Two letters of reference or recommendation: Should include comments on your academic ability and professional or volunteer experience.
An up-to-date résumé: Include both your educational and professional experience.
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- Start Date
- Fall Semester
- Spring Semester
- Summer Semester
- Fall Semester
|Tuition:||$535 Per Credit|
The Saint Mary's Difference
The heart of Saint Mary's is its people — faculty, staff, and your fellow students — who become your companions and allies on your educational journey. Here, in an intense give-and-take setting, each of us discovers just how much we can learn. You'll find, in every one of our classrooms, a person-centered education focused on your growth, your potential — because we believe that everyone deserves the chance to make an impact, to change the world around them.