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Master of Education or Master of Science

Learning Design and Technology

Learn to design and implement digital learning solutions in the classroom and the field through this 100 percent online graduate program.

Master concepts in digital leadership, design or inquiry and gain exposure to all three through this innovative program with 077/079 specialist endorsement. Whether you work in the classroom or private sector, you will gain the knowledge needed to enhance student outcomes and improve digital learning environments.

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Application Deadlines:

April 1

Fall Enrollment

April 1

Summer Enrollment

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Why Learning Design & Technology at NC State:


Complete your courses 100 percent online and on a part-time basis to fit your schedule


Quality instruction that incorporates research and best practices you can apply to real-world situations

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Reduced tuition rates at one of the nation’s best values among public universities


Study alongside other professionals in a collaborative learning environment that will help you expand your network


Choose between a 30-hour M.Ed. curriculum or a 36-hour M.S. curriculum with thesis for a tailored program that aligns with your career goals


Earn either your 077 or 079 technology specialist endorsement along with your degree

Program Details

This master’s level program offers education professionals three avenues to earn technology specialist endorsements and improve student learning through digital leadership, design and inquiry. Courses prepare educators for digital learning competencies adopted by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.

This program is informed by:

  • North Carolina’s digital learning plan
  • ISTE Standards for Teachers
  • Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) standards

Choose between a non-degree curriculum, a M.Ed. curriculum or a M.S. curriculum with thesis to complete your advanced degree and earn your eligibility for either 077 or 079 technology endorsements.

Online non-degree studies

  • Designed for those who want to serve in technology coordination/facilitation roles in K-12 schools and those who wish to take a few courses before applying to a graduate program. Up to 12 non-degree credit hours can be transferred into the master’s program.
  • Previously licensed teachers who take six courses (18 credit hours) from either the leadership and design curriculums are eligible for the 079 endorsement in computer education.

Online master’s degree programs (30-credit hour M.Ed., 36 credit hour M.S. with thesis)

  • Designed for those interested in becoming a Technology Director in K-12 schools and districts and non-teachers interested in applying digital learning solutions in diverse sectors
  • Previously licensed teachers who complete a degree program are eligible for the 077 endorsement as Instructional Technology Specialist

Portfolio Requirement

All graduating Learning Design & Technology master’s students must develop a portfolio to document their mastery of Technology Leadership Advanced Program Standards. For more information on the portfolio, view this portfolio guide.

The Graduate School outlines basic requirements for admission.

  • Two official* copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts, including any non-degree studies at NC State
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA on all undergraduate work for unconditional admission. We may provisionally accept other applicants given professional experience or other high quality application materials.
  • 3 letters of recommendation from persons familiar with applicant’s work
  • 500–800 word professional statement describing professional goals and indicating which strand or emphasis area will be focused on
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores for international applicants whose first language is not English
  • Academic writing sample and statement of research interests (M.S. applicants only)
  • Current resume that highlights program relevant work experience, coursework, and professional or scholarly activities
  • Non-refundable application fee of $75 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents or $85 for international residents

* Applicants currently attending or who have previously attended NC State are not required to provide an NC State transcript. Official transcripts will be required once an admission decision has been made by the Graduate School. Copies of transcripts should be uploaded directly into your online application or sent directly to the Graduate School at:

The Graduate School
North Carolina State University
Research Building III, Room 240
1005 Capability Drive, Box 7102
Raleigh, NC  27695

Review the Online and Distance Education Rates for upcoming semester tuition and fees. Note that tuition and fees are subject to change.

Learning Design and Technology students may take courses from and build thesis/dissertation committees with the diverse group of program faculty listed below. Faculty offices are in Poe Hall and at the college’s Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. Beyond Learning Design and Technology, the College of Education has several other programs with digital learning emphases from which students can take courses/electives and identify further faculty for research collaborations, including: Technology Education (STEM Ed department), New Literacies (TELS department), and Training and Development (ELPHD department).

Core Program Faculty:

Please view our Master’s Program FAQ Document, which has answers to frequently asked questions about: non-degree and degree programs, 079/077 licensure offered, courses offered, how to apply, application deadlines, program timelines, time and place for courses, program requirements once admitted, and financing graduate education. If you have other questions, please contact the program coordinator, Julia McKeown.

I was thrilled to see the educational technology program was learning sciences driven, and even more impressed at the work NC State faculty does in research both in psychology and education.

Rebekah Davis

Rebekah Davis, Current Learning Design and Technology Student

When you join the Learning Design and Technology program at the NC State College of Education, you join the top-ranked college of education in North Carolina.


Ranked Among Online Graduate Education Programs in N.C. (U.S. News)


In Education Research Productivity by Faculty in N.C. (U.S. News)


Best Value Among Colleges in N.C. (Money Magazine)

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Julia McKeown
Assistant Professor
Program Coordinator
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Irene Armstrong
Graduate Student Services Specialist