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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.  

Program Details

Program Description

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Training and Development is based on a reflective practice approach offering practitioners opportunities to integrate their professional experiences with human resource development knowledge and practice skills. Completing this master’s program will give you the professional knowledge and skill required for entry or advancement in instructional design, and instructional, administrative, or evaluation positions that involve performance-based training.

Our program emphasizes:

  • Interaction
  • Collaboration
  • Team Learning
  • Reflective Practice
  • Adult Learning

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


You will complete courses 100 percent online. Courses are offered using a learning management system called Moodle. This system provides a “virtual classroom” space for each course. In this online space, students can interact with professors and classmates using a variety of web-based learning tools such as discussion boards, chat rooms and quizzes. Materials are delivered to students via webpages and various multimedia formats including streaming audio/video, DVDs, and podcasts.) In addition, instructors use NC State’s Web Conferencing system (Zoom) to deliver synchronous sessions and real-time office hours.

Course Rotation

The Graduate School outlines basic requirements for admission.

  • 1-3 page personal statement that showcases your background, educational accomplishments, employment/volunteer work experience, and how this program will help you meet your professional goals
  • Transcripts of all post-secondary education* showing 3.0 GPA as required by the Graduate School
  • Proof of English Proficiency (non-US citizen applicants only)
  • Three letters of recommendation that describe your work ethic and potential as a graduate student. These letters must be included with the online reference form.
  • Non-refundable application fee of $75 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents or $85 for international residents

NOTE: As of Spring 2013, GRE scores are no longer required for admission. However, if your overall GPA is below a 3.0, we strongly recommend that you submit GRE scores.

* 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.

What hardware/software is required to participate in the program?

At a minimum, participants must have ready access to a desktop or laptop computer that meets or (preferably) exceeds the NC State recommendations for computers you already own. While this configuration is sufficient, we recommend that students upgrade their current machine or consider purchasing a computer that meets (or exceeds) the recommendations for new computer purchases.

Connectivity: At a minimum, students must have dial-up access with a 56k modem. To improve access speed and enhance the playback quality of video/audio materials, we strongly suggest that students who are accessing courses from home consider investing in a high speed Internet service.

Educationally priced software is available for purchase at the NC State Bookstores. Students must have access to a Web browser. Several browser plug-ins are required for each course (Acrobat Reader, Flash, RealPlayer, etcetc.). You will be informed of the plug-in requirements in each course.

Is there a certain sequence or order in which courses must be taken? The Capstone course (EAC 692) must be taken last. Other than that, courses may be taken in any order. No course is a prerequisite for any other course in the program.

How long will it take me to complete the coursework? Because the curriculum is not sequenced, you have choices of how many courses to take per term and what courses to take. Most students are employed full-time and therefore try to take one or two courses per term, completing the M.Ed. in 2 or 3 years. Students are required to maintain continuous enrollment in the Fall and Spring semesters, but are not required to enroll in more than one course per term. Students must complete all coursework within 6 years.

I went to register for a course, but it was full. Do I have to wait a year to take the course? We cannot guarantee enrollment in a “closed” course that is full to capacity. Many online courses are capped at about 20-25 students to maintain the quality of student-instructor and student-student communication. Students should pay close attention to enrollment calendars to be sure they register when courses first open. This will help ensure you get into the courses you want without running into a “closed” course. A Course Offering Schedule is provided to help you plan when you take your courses.

If I have to take a semester off or can’t get into a course I need, what happens? Students are required to maintain continuous enrollment in Fall and Spring terms. If you must take a semester off you must contact your Program Coordinator for guidance.

Is this a cohort-based program? A cohort is a group of students admitted at the same time into a program and enroll in all of their courses together. Although building an online learning community is very important in distance education, we realize that all students may not be able to maintain a schedule of more than one course per term. For this reason, the program is NOT a cohort-based program.

How long will this program take?Use the Course Planner to see when all courses are offered.

“The master’s in training and development program directly related 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

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