Master’s: Training and Development

US News & World Report TT_Online_Masters_Edranked our program as one of America’s Best Online Graduate Programs and Best Online Programs for Veterans (2016). Individuals responsible for employee and workforce development are provided the skills necessary to be successful in various learning and performance environments. Whether you are interested in instructional design, internal training and development, consulting, e-learning, or other training roles, the Masters of Education (M.Ed.) in Training and Development (T&D) will provide you the skills needed to enter or advance in the field.

Unique Features:

  • 100% online with no on-campus attendance
  • Flexible- Tailored to working adults
  • Relevant- Uses real-world situations
  • Economical- Reduced distance education tuition rates

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


The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Training and Development (T&D) is designed for entering or experienced training professionals who work in internal or external training positions in business and industry or other adult learning environments.

The program is structured around a core body of knowledge in adult education and principles and theories of human performance improvement and instructional design.

The curriculum incorporates advanced understandings and skills in program design and the applications of learning theory incorporating principles, research, and practice. The degree program is built on principles of adult learning emphasizing interaction, collaboration, and team learning. It is also designed primarily for the working adult completing graduate studies on a part-time basis. Courses are delivered using the Internet and integrated multimedia.

The program has a minimum requirement of 36 hours of course work. Students enrolled in the program will complete a specific set of courses during their program.

View the Course Offering Schedule for a list of courses by term offered.

Use the Course Planner to see when all courses are offered.

Any course work taken prior to admission is subject to approval by the student’s advisor for inclusion in the program. Within the 36 minimum hours, the following should be included:


  • EAC556 – Organizational Change in HRD: Theory and Practice
  • EAC559 – The Adult Learner
  • EAC580 – Designing Instructional Systems
  • EAC581 – Advanced Instructional Design
  • EAC582 – Organization and Operation of Training and Development Programs
  • EAC583 – Needs Assessment and Task Analysis
  • EAC584 – Evaluating Training Transfer and Effectiveness
  • EAC585 – Integrating Technology into Training Design
  • EAC586 – Methods and Techniques of Training and Development


  • One elective may be selected in consultation with your advisor


  • EAC551- Research in Adult and Higher Education


  • EAC692 – Masters Research Project

MEd in T&D students will enroll in EAC 692 to create a comprehensive, capstone portfolio to be negotiated between advisor and student.



Online-Graduate-Education-Programs-of-2016Our programs have a track record of alternative flexible delivery of instruction that includes evening courses, weekend schedules, and Internet delivery. Those alternatives not only meet learners’ needs – but also model the way organizations are increasingly producing flexible on-demand training.

In the T&D Online program, 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 quizzing. Materials are delivered to students via Web-pages and various multimedia formats including streaming audio/video, DVDs, and podcasts.) In addition, instructors use NC State’s Web Conferencing system (Blackboard Collaborate) to deliver synchronous sessions and real-time office hours.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is on-campus attendance required?

No on-campus attendance is required. All courses are delivered via the Internet and can be accessed anywhere from a viable Internet connection.

Is synchronous attendance required?

Some courses do require students to meet online at the same time to participate in synchronous whole-class or small group activities. Any required meetings will be announced in each individual class.

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.

Which course management systems or platforms are courses taught through?

Students will be using Moodle and the Blackboard Collaborate two-way audio conferencing tool.

Does the application process require taking an admissions test such as the GRE?

No, we do not require GRE or MAT admissions tests.

When is the application deadline?

We have a rolling application system. You can apply anytime. We admit students for the summer and fall semesters. Coursework can start in spring as a non-degree student with official admission in the fall.

Does the application process require a fee?

Yes, a $75 fee is charged to apply ($80 for international applicants).

What does the graduate school require for the application process?

The following items are required for application:

  • Application Fee
  • One unofficial transcript from each previously attended college or
  • Three recommendations, submitted via the online application (optional
    for certificate applicants)
  • Proof of English Proficiency (non-US
    citizen applicants only)
  • Personal Statement

What should be included in the Personal Statement?

The personal statement is a vital piece of your graduate application.
This is an opportunity for you to showcase your writing skills, explain
your journey to applying, and make a case for why the program is a good fit
for you.

Your personal statement should cover the following aspects within 1-3 pages:

  • Introductory Paragraph (Introduce yourself. What makes you unique.)
  • Educational Accomplishments
  • Employment/Volunteer Work Experience
  • Future Plans (Goodness-of-Fit to the program/ How will this program
    help you)
  • Concluding Statement

What are the costs involved in enrolling in the online program?

Current tuition information can be obtained through the office of Distance Education. You can access information about the cost of current distance courses at NC State Distance Graduate Tuition under the flexible access option.

In addition to tuition costs, you can expect an average of $50 to $150 per course in textbooks. Other costs may include some hardware and software you will need, depending on the status of your computer.

Is financial aid available to students enrolled in the program?

To be eligible for financial aid, students must be enrolled in degree programs offered by the University. We recommend that you contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid to find out what options are available.

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 M.Ed. in T&D 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.