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Learning and Design (M.Ed.)

Learning and Design (L&D) is a full time, face to face, master’s degree program for anyone who is interested in learning how to create and study environments that have impact across scale, time and context.  From a small game that targets students’ understanding of climate change to community initiatives that create safe spaces for homeless youth, this program focuses on understanding: (1) how people learn, (2) how contexts and tools influence learning, and (3) how to design learning environments and activities to support learning. 

The Learning and Design M.Ed. program is designed as an immersive 10-month program spanning mid-July to graduation in early May, and involves 31 credit hours. Coursework is directly connected to schools, museums, libraries, and community organizations to support the L&D cohort in exploring connections and implications of theory in practice. Coursework for the program focuses on three interrelated core emphases: learning, design, and diversity. This common core includes 16 credit hours of coursework completed by all students in the program. The learning core focuses on theories of learning and their application and implications in formal and informal settings. These theoretical perspectives provide the foundations for the design work. The design core explores implications of the learning core through a user-centered design process, which emphasizes the importance of interacting with users from the very beginning of the process. The diversity core drives and informs both the learning and design cores. The focus of the diversity core explores diversity and approaches for supporting diversity through design.

In addition to the core courses, students choose 15 credit hours of electives in conjunction with their advisors that are relevant to each student’s interests and goals. At least one of these electives will have a primary focus on diversity and equity and at least one of these electives will have a primary focus on design. Any graduate level course in the department, college, or university for which the student is eligible can be considered for these electives based on the approval of the student’s advisors.

As a graduate of L&D, you can expect to strengthen classroom teaching; pursue positions in other settings such as museums and nonprofit or for-profit organizations; become a leader, professional development coordinator, curriculum coordinator, or learning coach in public schools; become an instructional design leader for a business; or build research skills in preparation for entering a doctoral program. For more information visit the program design page.

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Information Sheet about Learning and Design (M.Ed.)