The application deadline for Fall 2018 is April 1, 2018.


Program Contact

Julia McKeown
Assistant Professor
Program Coordinator
Program Contact

Irene Armstrong
Graduate Student Services Specialist

Master of Education or Master of Science

Learning Design and Technology

Teacher Education and Learning Sciences (TELS)

Learning Design & Technology Masters’ programs prepare education professionals to lead digital learning programs, design digital learning environments, and inquire into digital learning solutions to continuously refine instruction and improve student learning. Students choose one strand for emphasis during their studies (digital leadership, design, or inquiry), but take some courses from all three strands. Graduates commonly work as classroom teachers, K-12 school- or system-level digital learning professionals, digital leaders in higher education, or in varied positions in government or private industry (e.g., instructional designers, e-learning developers). Graduate study leads to either a 30-hour Master of Education (M.Ed.) or 36-hour Master of Science (M.S. with thesis) degree. Licensed teachers are able to add the 079 computer education and/or 077 technology specialist endorsement to their teaching license after completing either degree program.

Apply by April 1, 2018, to begin your coursework in Learning Design & Technology in Fall 2018.


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Important Dates
April 1, 2018
Application deadline for Summer & Fall Semesters

Information Sessions
We hold information sessions annually for prospective students to meet with program faculty and graduates, and ask questions about our programs. These sessions are held in conjunction with the College of Education's open houses for graduate programs. Please submit an RSVP if you wish to attend one of these sessions. We will inform you of the next available date/time.

Program Description

Our Learning Design & Technology (LD&T) Program offers the following options:

  • Online non-degree studies: previously licensed teachers who take six courses (18 credit hours) from the leadership and design strands of our curriculum are eligible for the 079 endorsement in computer education, which is generally sufficient to serve in technology coordination/facilitation roles in K-12 schools; other interested students who would like to take a few courses before applying to a master’s or doctoral degree program can also start out in non-degree studies and transfer up to 12 non-degree credit hours into degree programs.
  • Online master’s degree programs (30-credit hour M.Ed., 36 credit hour M.S. with thesis): previously licensed teachers who complete a degree program are eligible for the 077 endorsement as Instructional Technology Specialist, which is necessary to serve in Technology Director roles in K-12 schools and districts; non-teachers interested in applying digital learning solutions in diverse settings (e.g., business & industry, non-profits, higher education) are also encouraged to apply.


Course of Study

Master’s courses prepare educators for digital learning competencies adopted by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in association with the state’s Digital Learning Plan. Program courses are also aligned with ISTE standards for teachers and Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) standards. The 079 and 077 licensure endorsements are accredited by CAEP standards for advanced-level programs. The Learning Design & Technology curriculum display provides a summary of courses offered by curricular strands and for each degree program. Current students may use our curriculum planner to draft a plan of study/plan of work, may review graduate course descriptions from the university’s course catalog, and may review scheduled courses in a given semester from the university’s schedule of courses.

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.


LD&T students may take courses from and build thesis/dissertation committees with the diverse group of program faculty listed below. Faculty offices are in the College of Education (Poe Hall) and the College’s Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. Beyond LD&T, 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).

Program Faculty

Admission Requirements

  • Two official* copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts, including any non-degree studies (NDS) 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

* Unofficial transcripts are accepted for application review purposes but we require official ones before an admitted student can begin graduate studies.

Additional Info

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Prospective and New Students

Online-Graduate-Education-Programs-of-2016Please 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.

Master’s-Level Pay

Recent legislative changes in North Carolina have removed the teacher pay supplement for receiving a master’s degree effective summer 2014. At the current time, this retraction does NOT apply to teachers who receive the 077 endorsement on their license AND take the professional position of “Technology Director/Specialist” in a district that requires the 077 endorsement. Please note, taking the lower-level position of Technology Facilitator/Coordinator in a school (tied to 079 endorsement), may not qualify graduates for master’s pay. Further, teachers should check with individual school districts to ensure funds are available to provide master’s pay when taking a Technology Director/Specialist position. We cannot guarantee any graduate will receive master’s pay. Teachers should check with their individual districts before enrolling in the master’s program if master’s pay is a primary motivator for enrolling.

Find Us (Physical Location)

TalleyWe are located in Poe Hall which is on the Court of North Carolina just to the south of Hillsborough Street as shown on the campus map. The nearest public parking is a bit further south in the Coliseum Deck. To reach this deck, turn off Pullen Road and circle around the deck on a series of one way roads–Dunn to Jeter to Cates. Entrance to public parking is off Cates Road on the bottom level (fee charged). Leave the deck and walk back toward Dunn Avenue. Take the pedestrian tunnel under the tracks and make your way to the right around SAS Hall. Poe Hall is directly ahead off Stinson Drive. Faculty offices are in Suite 402.

Connect With Us (Virtual Locations)


Stay socially connected with classmates and alumni. This site is used to share program events (socials, graduations), life events (marriage, children, new jobs), professional kudos (student presentations and publications), exemplary projects from program classes, alumni profiles, etc.


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LinkedIn Group

Make professional connections with other digital learning professionals, and also learn about available awards and positions. This site is used to share information on student scholarships, assistantships, potential internship sites, and job announcements.