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MA, Information and Learning Technologies with emphasis in Instructional Design and Adult Learning


The MA in Information and Learning Technologies with emphasis in Instructional Design and Adult Learning will change to Learning Design & Technology - Instructional Design and Adult Learning effective fall 2019 for all enrolled students. The new name is more descriptive of the expertise program completers acquire and provides employers with a clearer description of graduates’ learning. This change better serves the interests of our current and future students and ensures their success post-graduation.

The world of learning in adult settings is changing fast. It's not just about training and formal education anymore. It's about helping people pursue their learning goals individually and in teams. With skills you learn in the Instructional Design program option, you will create Web resources, multimedia demos, job aids, online modules - anything that helps adults learn and perform better on the job. These instructional-design skills are in high demand in corporate, healthcare, government, and higher-education settings.

And we practice what we preach - applying adult-learning principles throughout the program. You'll experience interactive learning, hands-on projects, and collaborative teamwork as you learn to manage successful projects, encourage innovations, and lead your organization toward productive change and growth. These are all highly marketable skills. And you'll create an online portfolio that showcases your accomplishments to employers and other professionals. The entire program takes about 2 years to complete.

Most courses are online; but, some required courses are offered on evenings and weekends. You can take classes at your own pace as they fit your scheduling needs.  

Outstanding faculty will be dedicated to your academic and professional growth.

If you're considered a non-resident student and are living outside the state of Colorado, there's a financial advantage to taking all of your CU Denver courses online. The discounted online rate​ is 120% of the resident rate. This amount is higher than the standard in-state tuition, but significantly lower than the non-resident tuition amount.​

For additional information, contact Academic Services at or 303-315-6300.


You need a bachelor’s degree or equivalent to enroll in the ILT master’s program. A Colorado teaching license is not required, but access to a school (where you teach or do volunteer work) is important for completion of projects.


The program requires completion of a plan of study consisting of 30 credits of required courses, including an internship. The internship may be done at your place of work with faculty approval. Most courses are online, but some required courses are offered on evenings and weekends. You can take classes at your own pace as they fit your scheduling needs. 


As you complete courses you will add products to a professional portfolio. This portfolio is submitted to faculty your final semester and serves as the comprehensive exam for the master’s degree. Links to recent portfolios can be found on the ILT resources page​; reviewing this work can give you an idea of the kind of courses, projects, and careers our students engage in.


We use the Canvas course management system for all courses. Canvas is like Blackboard or Moodle, a place where you can submit assignments, download documents, and participate in discussions. You will have access to Canvas once you are registered and courses begin. We also use Adobe Connect, a webinar and synchronous communication tool, in some of our courses. Use of this tool is provided to students in this program. Faculty and students use email as a major form of communication both within and external to Canvas. Other software tools include MSWord, MSPowerPoint, and various Web 2.0, open source and freeware tools. You would typically select specific authoring tools for various projects and assignments based on the needs of the project.


You need home access to a computer (Windows or Mac) with a high-speed Internet connection.

Successful completion of the MA degree requires a minimum of 30 graduate semester hours. Visit our course plans​ for more information.

Overview of ILT tracks

ILT’s three program options (or tracks) are shown below. The second table gives extra advice for K-12 teachers.


For corporate and higher-ed environments and other workplace settings. Develop training resources via traditional e-learning outlets: self-paced modules, fixed-paced courses with LMS support; webinars and live events; and multimedia learning resources. 

K12 Teaching

For K12 educators staying in the classroom; topics include active and experiential pedagogy; media and maker projects; integration of technology; blended and online learning; PD/professional learning.

ID/Adult Learning

Planning and design of courses for higher ed; improving workplace learning; using technology on-site and online; facilitating organization change and technology adoption. This track’s core is smaller, allowing for individual student interests and needs.

K12 teachers - deciding on a program option​​

If our career goal is:

Then pursue this track:

Stay in the classroom

K-12 Teaching

District leader/PD specialist

K-12 or eLearning

Out of schools and into adult settings (corporate or higher ed)

eLearning or ID/Adult Learning


Our students go on to work in a broad spectrum of careers including:

  • Planning and design of courses for higher ed
  • Improving workplace learning
  • Using technology on-site and online
  • Facilitating organization change and technology adoption

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