Learning Design and Technology is a relatively broad description of a field that focuses on applying what is empirically understood about how humans learn and improve upon performance to the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of instructional and non-instructional processes and resources intended to improve learning and performance in a variety of settings, particularly educational institutions and the workplace.
At North Carolina State University, students can major in a Learning Design and Technology concentration at the undergraduate level (under the Education General Studies degree plan), in a Learning Design and Technology degree program at the master’s level, and in a Learning Design and Technology program area of study at the doctoral level (receiving a departmental PhD in Teacher Education and Learning Sciences with a concentration in LDT). Students are encouraged to obtain at least their B.S. in EGS-LDT and their M.Ed. in LDT to best position themselves for career opportunities that are more prevalent for graduates with a master’s degree.
We are planning for this undergraduate program to pair with our master’s program in offering an Accelerated Bachelor’s-Master’s (ABM) program, allowing students to receive both their B.S. and M.Ed. in five years. This 4+1 program is still under review, but we expect it to be available for new students within a few years. Students must meet specific requirements to be eligible for the 4+1 program including at least a 3.5 GPA. If a student is not eligible for 4+1 after their undergraduate career, they can still apply separately for the regular (non-accelerated) master’s program.
According to a recent O*Net career opportunity report, the field for instructional designers and technologists has a faster than average growth rate at 10 to 14% annually through 2026, and North Carolina is projected to add 70 annual jobs in this area with an 11% growth rate. The noted median wages of $63,750 are attractive within the education sector. Prospective students interested in career opportunities in this sector can search on LinkedIn, government, and Chronicle of Higher Education job boards for “instructional designer” or “curriculum” opportunities to see the variety of jobs available to graduates.
Course of Study
This concentration provides a broad-based liberal arts grounding with standard coursework in English, mathematics, communications, education, and psychology, as well as coursework in design and illustration, technical production skills as applied in education, and entrepreneurship.
Elective options provide students the opportunity to build content development skills in different areas of interest (e.g., educational video, apps, software, VR/AR, spatial/locative media).View Curriculum
Associate Professor, Learning Design and Technology
Assistant Professor, Learning Design and Technology
Professor, Learning Design and Technology