College of Education and Human Development

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Professional studies in learning technologies MEd

The Master of Education, Professional Studies in Learning Technologies is a flexible, completely online program designed for professionals who want to learn how to design and facilitate interactive and engaging learning experiences in higher education, K-12, non-profit, government, and business contexts. The coursework will ground you in theory and applied technology to create online and innovative multimedia learning experiences. Graduate with a portfolio of your work, ready to take your career to the next level.

You bring the ideas; we’ll help you realize them.

Quote from Annie Schroeder

The faculty here are the ones writing the books on the topics of technology integration, transformative learning experiences, and distance learning. They challenge us to think creatively and practice what they teach when it comes to teaching best practices.

Annie Schroeder MEd 2019 Technology Integrationist, Bloomington Public Schools


MEd curriculum

The curriculum includes two required core courses, four learning technologies courses, and four electives for a total of 30 credits to complete the MEd degree program.

To see detailed course information visit the MEd Professional Studies page in the graduate catalog and scroll down under the Learning Technologies sub-plan.

Learning Technologies Coursework Requirement (12 credits)

Choose from a variety of learning technologies courses that meet your unique interests and goals.

Multimedia Design and Development:

  • Foundations of Interactive Design for Web-based Learning
  • Planning for Multimedia Design and Development
  • Contemporary Software Development Issues and Tools

K-12 Technology Integration:

  • Technology Tools for Educators
  • Teaching and Learning with the Internet
  • Special Topics in Learning Technologies

Online Distance Learning:

  • Foundations of Distance Education
  • Online Learning Communities
  • Designing and Developing Online Distance Learning
  • Learning Analytics

Core Coursework (6 credits)

Choose at least 2 of the following courses to complete the core requirements:

  • Introduction to Learning Technologies
  • Action Research in Educational Settings
  • Learning Technologies MEd Capstone Project

Electives (12 credits)

Choose electives from a variety of programs to customize your degree. Students often select coursework in:

  • Computer Science
  • Design
  • Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development
  • Evaluation Studies
  • Educational Psychology
  • Project and Program Management


You can participate in the program on your schedule, from anywhere in the world. Students have access to the cutting-edge research and faculty produced by faculty in Learning Technologies at the University of Minnesota. Students in Minnesota can schedule individual meetings with instructors at any time.

Career outlook

Our graduates are employed in many different positions, including K12 technology integration specialists, online learning specialists, corporate trainers, instructional designers, program evaluators, and interactive producers within industry, higher education, and K-12 schools.

How to apply

    Application deadline and instructions

    Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for three different start times throughout the year. To ensure the availability of preferred courses, it is recommended to apply by the priority deadline:

    Priority deadline:

    • October 31- Spring start
    • January 31 - Summer start
    • March 31 - Fall start

    Tuition and funding

    All master's degree programs in CEHD have the same cost per credit hour. The University of Minnesota tuition operates on a credit band where there is a flat rate for tuition each semester when taking 12 - 24 credits.

    Application requirements

    Before applying online, make sure you have all the required materials. Download and refer to this application tip sheet as you work through the application. The included directions will help you complete your application quickly and smoothly.

    We are here to help! If you have questions, please contact the academic advisor in your program area (see below).

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    What we look for

    We look for professionals and licensed teachers that have already achieved an undergraduate degree and professional experience and who want to advance their career and leadership capacity in their chosen program area.

    Required application documents

    A bachelor's degree and 2.80 GPA is required.

    To apply you need:

    • Unofficial transcripts. Upload your transcripts into the application system; please do not mail your transcripts. Official transcripts are required only after you are admitted.
    • Resume. Tailor your resume to focus on relevant academic and work experience.
    • Personal statement. Describe your career goals and rationale for pursuing your MEd Limit: 1 page.

    Program Prerequisites

    Before you are admitted to the MEd and Teaching license programs, you must complete some prerequisite coursework, which varies based on the type of license you are seeking. Below, you will find a list of prerequisites listed by license.


    Additional admissions information

    Transfer credits

    Maximum transfer credits: 10

    Credits may have been taken at UMN, or at another institution. Credits must be at the graduate level and must be approved by a faculty adviser.

    1. Contact the academic adviser (for contact info, see below) to arrange to work with a faculty adviser to have your courses approved
    2. After the faculty adviser approves your transfer courses, fill out the Academic Policy Petition.

    International applicants

    International applicants may also need:

    • An English translation of your transcripts, if the transcript is not in English.
    • A course by course evaluation may be required.
    • TOEFL scores. Official TOEFL scores are required. You may qualify for an exception if you have completed 16 semester or 24 quarter credits within the past 24 months in residence as a full-time student at an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States. Please see the University of Minnesota TOEFL score requirements and submission guidelines from the Graduate School. Early application is advised to ensure timely admission.
    • International students with F-1 visas may take no more than the equivalent of one completely online education class (or 3 credits per semester) and count it towards their full-time course requirement. Full-time enrollment for graduate students is 6 credits. If you are enrolled in an online program and studying in your home country, you do not need full-time enrollment status.

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