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Program: Training and Development

Degree: Master of Education
Delivery Method: Online

Develop a mastery of training and developing others in this 100 percent online graduate program.

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Whether you are an entering or experienced training professional, our program will expose you to both fundamental foundations and innovative best practices, technologies and tools so you’re prepared to work in internal or external training positions in the sector of your choice.  You will learn about beginning and intermediate instructional design; talent development; assessment and evaluation; training and task analysis; the use of technology in training and instructional design; adult learning; and, organizational change.

Success In Training and Development begins with NC State University!

The online Training & Development M.Ed. is designed to prepare professionals for business and industry, higher education, healthcare, and military, who are interested in instructional design, corporate training, program evaluation and assessment related to training, organizational change, talent development, consulting, or coaching.

Program Details

Program Description

The program curriculum is designed in consultation with a professional Advisory Board with industry leaders, and allows graduates to prepare for promotional opportunities, starting or making a career change, or to offer transition opportunities for veterans who are separating from service.

Students and Graduates will:

  • Develop competencies in instructional design, evaluation and assessment of training programs, adult learning, incorporating technology in training, organizational change, and DEI.
  • Have opportunities for professional networking, professional conference participation, presentation or publication, Graduate Student Association, faculty and student interaction
  • Have opportunities for work-based, realistic assignment projects that can be added to portfolios/work samples
  • Prepare for the Training Industry, Inc. and American Talent Development (ATD) certification exams

Our program emphasizes:

  • Interaction / Collaboration
  • Evaluation / Assessment
  • Instructional Design
  • Team Learning
  • Reflective Practice
  • Adult Learning
  • Research Methods
  • Learning Technology
  • Project Management

Key Facts

  • Format: Online from anywhere (asynchronous)
  • Total Credits: 36
  • Duration: Students may study part or full time, Fall, Spring and Summer
  • Practice:  Curriculum with immediate applicability
  • Quality: Experienced, credentialed faculty and NC State DELTA and Libraries
  • Support
  • Relevant:  Advisory Board, Faculty and industry standard based curriculum
  • Content
  • Access: Students from a range of professional and personal backgrounds are encouraged to apply
  • Responsiveness:  Adult learner friendly with year-round admissions for start  dates in Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and Summer 2 semesters

Our curriculum incorporates research and practical principles and requires you complete a minimum of 36 hours of coursework.

Core Courses (27 hours)

  • EAC 556 | Organizational Change in HRD: Theory and Practice
  • EAC 559 | The Adult Learner
  • EAC 580 | Designing Instructional Systems
  • EAC 581 | Advanced Instructional Design
  • EAC 582 | Organization and Operation of Training and Development Programs
  • EAC 583 | Needs Assessment and Task Analysis
  • EAC 584 | Evaluating Training Transfer and Effectiveness
  • EAC 585 | Integrating Technology into Training Design
  • EAC 586 | Methods and Techniques of Training and Development

Electives (3 Hours)

  • Any EAC course not listed above

Research Course (3 Hours)

  • EAC 551 | Research in Adult and Higher Education

Portfolio (3 Hours)

  • EAC 692 | Master’s Research Project


The T&D courses are 100% online using Moodle as a learning management system (LMS). The courses are asynchronous, with opportunities for optional zoom interaction, discussion forums, projects, and a mix of assignments and technologies.  The teaching design is geared towards adult learners – from the format to the readings, to the focus on realistic practice, and incorporating your prior educational, professional and life experiences into the learning context.

  • Students may apply at any time year-round, Fall, Spring and Summer. Applications are evaluated monthly for the upcoming semester/s start dates.
  • Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree form an accredited institution of higher education. A wide variety of fields are encouraged.
  • Materials include a completed online application, department application form, transcripts, resume, personal statement and non-refundable application fee.
  • Unofficial transcripts are to be uploaded into Apply Yourself. If admitted, official transcripts must be sent to the Graduate School before admission is confirmed.
  • The Personal Statement should briefly discuss your background, aspirations and interest in the field of Training & Development.
  • Complete the North Carolina residency form if claiming for tuition purposes.
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for international students.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation are required.

GRE scores are not required for application to this degree

* 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.

T&D Mentoring Program

The mentoring program aims to foster a robust support network by bridging the gap between students enrolled in the Training and Development master’s program and alumni and industry experts who have successfully navigated the professional landscape.


Meet Our Advisory Board

The Training and Development program has an advisory board composed of representatives from various industries and backgrounds, including corporate training, executive education, medical training and military training. The Advisory Board exists to support students, faculty, and staff in the master’s and certificate training and development programs.

advisory board

Why study Training and Development at NC State’s College of Education

This program directly relates to my current job responsibilities as an instructor and instructional designer for Duke Energy. [The program] has given me the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to excel in the field of adult education.”

Richard Singer

Master’s in Training and Development student