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Master of Arts in Learning Design & Technology

Program Overview

CU Denver’s Learning Design & Technology program is unique. Students combine 12-credit certificates to create customized paths based on each individual’s career interests and goals. The program may also be completed by a licensed teacher for an added Teacher Librarian (K-12) endorsement from the Colorado Department of Education.

Delivered completely online, the Learning Design & Technology (LDT) MA relies on the combining of certificate programs to flexibly address various professional roles and settings. Instead of an MA program that requires all students to complete a specific set of courses, this unique approach to the MA allows for differentiation based on your unique learning and professional interests and goals. In the LDT MA 30-credit hour program students complete two certificates on their way to the MA, leaving only an additional 6- to 9-credit hours to complete for graduation. Each certificate may be completed in one year or less, with the LDT MA completed in two years. In addition, because the LDT MA and certificate programs are fully online, professionals from all over the world may participate.

LDT MA students achieve four professional competencies through relevant, applied coursework:

Critical Digital Literacy

Become competent, creative, and confident in the use of various digital media and technology in support of learning, collaboration, and communication.

Instructional Design

Design learning opportunities, experiences, and programs, making best use of resources and engaging the full range of learner needs and strengths.

Leadership

Reflect on the qualities of leadership and actively seek to infuse those qualities in one's work.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion;

Encourage dialogue that heightens awareness of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and that expose the hidden and visible ways technologies and institutions perpetuate marginalization.

Below you will find sample program plans that illustrate how the LDT certificates are combined to meet the requirements of the LDT MA. Although these are recommended program plans, your professional goals and interests determine which certificates you combine to complete the LDT MA; you will work with your Academic Advisor and Faculty Mentor to finalize the most appropriate program plan for you.

Program Description

Delivered completely online, the Learning Design & Technology (LDT) MA relies on the combining of certificate programs to flexibly address various professional roles and settings. Instead of an MA program that requires all students to complete a specific set of courses, this unique approach to the MA allows for differentiation based on your unique learning and professional interests and goals. In the LDT MA 30-credit hour program students complete two certificates on their way to the MA, leaving only an additional 6- to 9-credit hours to complete for graduation. Each certificate may be completed in one year or less, with the LDT MA completed in two years. In addition, because the LDT MA and certificate programs are fully online, professionals from all over the world may participate.

LDT MA students achieve four professional competencies through relevant, applied coursework:

Critical Digital Literacy

Become competent, creative, and confident in the use of various digital media and technology in support of learning, collaboration, and communication.

Instructional Design

Design learning opportunities, experiences, and programs, making best use of resources and engaging the full range of learner needs and strengths.

Leadership

Reflect on the qualities of leadership and actively seek to infuse those qualities in one's work.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion;

Encourage dialogue that heightens awareness of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and that expose the hidden and visible ways technologies and institutions perpetuate marginalization.

Below you will find sample program plans that illustrate how the LDT certificates are combined to meet the requirements of the LDT MA. Although these are recommended program plans, your professional goals and interests determine which certificates you combine to complete the LDT MA; you will work with your Academic Advisor and Faculty Mentor to finalize the most appropriate program plan for you.

CU Denver graduates earn more, build community, and make connections. Take the first step toward your future and join an inclusive community of learners while gaining the skills of tomorrow, today.

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