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Learning Design and Technology program

Learning Design and Technology, MA

School of Education and Human Development

The online Master of Arts in Learning Design and Technology program is designed to teach you the skills you need to design and facilitate online learning, eLearning, and to implement technology into your classroom, library or corporate setting. In the program, you'll experience interactive learning, hands-on projects, and collaborative teamwork — all highly marketable skills. Take classes at your own pace as they fit your scheduling needs with outstanding faculty who are dedicated to your academic and professional growth.

As an MA in Learning Design and Technology student, you'll choose from four-degree emphasis options:

  • eLearning Design and Implementation
  • Instructional Design and Adult Learning
  • Digital Media for K-12 Teachers + Endorsement
  • Teacher Librarian Leadership


Program Details

This is an exciting time for instructional design and technology professionals. There is a growing demand for professionals with eLearning experience. The learning design and technology master's program will give you the skills you need to take on a number of careers, from corporate learning to K12 teaching. 

The MA in Learning Design and Technology program applies adult learning principles throughout the program. The program emphasizes interactive learning and provides you with opportunities to solve real-world problems. From day one, you will begin to build an online portfolio of your work which provides you an opportunity to bring your coursework together in an attractive way for prospective employers. 

The fully online degree option allows you to fit your schedule and your lifestyle and gain new knowledge, regardless of your location.

Learn more about the Learning Design and Technology degree programs below:

eLearning Design

This degree program will give you the skills you need to design and facilitate online learning opportunities for learners in higher education, K12, and corporate settings. You'll experience interactive learning, hands-on projects, and collaborative teamwork - all highly marketable skills. You will create web-based instructional products that incorporate multi-media and hypermedia techniques and applications, and you will develop important leadership and research skills. You will then create an online portfolio that exemplifies best practices in eLearning. The entire program takes about 2 years to complete.

Instructional Design and Adult Learning

The world of learning in adult settings is changing fast. It's not just about training and formal education anymore. It's about helping people pursue their learning goals individually and in teams. With skills, you learn in the Instructional Design program option, you will create web resources, multimedia demos, job aids, online modules — anything that helps adults learn and perform better on the job. These instructional design skills are in high demand in corporate, healthcare, government and higher education settings.

Digital Media and Endorsement 

Think about how education will be different in ten or twenty years. How will children engage each other and share resources — together in class or at home online? What kinds of technology-mediated experiences will they have? This master's option in learning design and technology, plus endorsement for K-12 teachers will equip you to provide leadership to your school or district, using learning technologies that are already changing how people learn.

Licensed teachers will qualify for a Colorado endorsement in Instructional Technology. Through a variety of projects and experiences, you will integrate learning technologies into your daily teaching activities and demonstrate the impact on students' achievement — and help fellow teachers do the same.

Teacher Librarian Leadership

Teacher librarians must add value to a school and contribute directly to the school’s goals and priorities. The Teacher Librarian Leadership MA degree will prepare you with the information technology, pedagogy, and leadership skills you need to help students and teaching colleagues succeed and adapt to the demands of today’s world of information and technology.​

Tuition and Fees

Investing in your future is a big decision. However, becoming a fully online student at the University of Colorado is a high-quality and affordable option for learners of all types. Tuition and fees are based largely on the degree program you enroll in.

The tuition amount assessed is determined based on which University of Colorado campus, school, or college is offering your degree program, as well as if it is at the undergrad or graduate level, and finally your resident status. Visit our tuition and financial aid page for more information.

Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.

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These programs are offered fully online. Successful completion of the MA degree requires a minimum of 30 graduate semester hours. The time to completion varies, but many students finish the master's program in two years. 


Admission requirements and deadlines vary based on the program. In addition, you will have different requirements depending on if you are a first-time student, a transfer student or an international student. 

Learn more about the admissions process by filling out the form above or contacting an Enrollment Navigator today.

Career Outlook

The need for eLearning professionals is growing, not only in K12 and higher education but in corporate settings too. Students who complete the Learning Design and Technology program go into a broad spectrum of work and a variety of settings, including: 

  • Instructional Designer
  • eLearning Designer
  • Content Developer
  • Technology Support Specialist
  • Professional Development Trainer
  • LMS Administrator
  • Director of Technology
  • Teacher Librarian


Courses at CU Denver are offered three times a year — fall, spring and summer. Not all courses are available every semester. For most programs, courses last 15 weeks, plus one week for finals. This is a big commitment, but we believe the extra time you spend dedicated to your studies pays off!

Example Courses

INTE 5100 — Planning and Designing for Instruction
Instructional design is the process used to analyze, design, develop and evaluate learning solutions. You will identify a gap in learning or performance and design a learning solution in the form of course units, modules and other instructional resources.

INTE 6720 — Research in Learning Design and Technology
Analysis, evaluation, and production of research in instructional technology. Methods for observing instruction, assessing learning and collecting participants reports to improve instruction. Development of recommendations for action based on research findings.

INTE 6750 — eLearning Trends and Issues
This course examines definitions, history, core concepts and current trends and issues related to the practice of instructional technology. Topics include instructional systems design, theories of learning and instruction, change management, performance improvement, emerging technologies, equity and access, and mobile learning.