Master of Education (M.Ed.)(Online)

Do you have an interest in enhancing how people learn and perform in a variety of settings? The master’s in learning design and technology is for individuals who want to make a difference by developing authentic, engaging, and inclusive learning experiences. Enjoy the convenience and flexibility of our fully online program to earn your graduate degree. Our courses teach you to use learning theories and design thinking to develop digital learning experiences, by way of employee trainings or courses, to optimize organizational performance. You will learn how to use empathy, creativity, problem-based learning, and technology to generate organizational learning solutions for real-world challenges. Leverage your love of technology to become a driver of change in designing learning experiences in corporate, government, and nonprofit settings. Strengthen your communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and leadership skills as you prepare for lucrative careers in an industry with increasing demand and excellent work-life balance.

Career Median Salary Market Growth
Instructional Designer $66,290 4-6%
Multimedia Specialist $59,500 4-6%
Distance (E-)Learning Coordinator $85,450 7-10%
User Engagement and Public Relations $116,180 7-10%
Training and Development Specialist $61,210 7-10%
Director of Training and Development $113,350 7-10%
Performance Consultant $85,260 11% or higher

Source:  O*NET Online, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration
*Many of these jobs also require an advanced degree certification, but solid grounding in learning design forms the basis for the job qualifications in these careers.


  • A completed WSU Graduate Application
  • A brief 2-3 paragraph personal interest statement explaining how this degree will aid the applicant in his or her future career pursuits.
  • Official Transcripts from previous undergraduate and graduate college/university course work showing a minimum 2.80 GPA (Transcripts must be sent directly to the University from the various institutions).

Course Requirements

 A minimum of 30 credits is required for an online master's degree in Learning Design and Technology, at least 24 credits must be taken at Wayne State University. Students are required to meet with their academic advisor before registering for courses in the first term.

Major Coursework

Core Courses (20 Credit hours)

Courses Cr. Hrs.
LDT 7111 Design Thinking and Knowledge 4
LDT 7145 (formerly 7850) Needs Assessment and Analysis 4
LDT 7112 Advanced Learning Design 4
LDT 7150 Evaluation of Learning and Performance 4
LDT 7940 Capstone Course in Learning Design and Technology 4
LDT Electives: (LDT 5000 – 8999) In consultation with your advisor 10 Cr. Hrs.
LDT 7130 Facilitating Digital Learning 4
LDT 7140 Interactive Course Design 4
LDT 7180 Message Design for Learning 4
LDT 7210 Emerging Technologies for Digital Learning 4
LDT 7220 Mobile Learning Technologies 4
LDT 7230 Video, Simulation, and Games for Learning 4
LDT 7240 (formerly 5275) Learning in Organizations 4
LDT 7310 UX Design for Learning 4


Semester I

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 8
LDT 7111 4
LDT 7145 4

Semester II

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 8-10
LDT 7112 3
LDT 7150 4
Elective 4-6

Semester III

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 8-10
Elective 4
Elective 4-6

Semester IV

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 8-10
LDT 7940 4
Elective 4-6


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Linda Jimenez, Ph.D.
Senior lecturer and program coordinator

Administrative & Organizational Studies
Phone: 313-577-1805

Career insights

This tool provides a broad overview of how major selection can lead to careers and is provided without any implied promise of employment. Some careers will require further education, skills, or competencies. Actual salaries may vary significantly between similar employers and could change by graduation, as could employment opportunities and job titles.