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Degree Requirements

To earn a Master of Education degree in Learning Design, students must complete a minimum of 33 semester hours of study (Plan I – Thesis Option) or 36 semester hours (Plan II - Major Research Project or Comprehensive Examination). Students must also maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average. The course work is composed of three phases:

  1. Program core
    The core courses provide a foundation for the program, and include courses in principles and theories, data analysis and decision making, and research techniques. With the exception of the capstone seminar, the core courses are taken relatively early in the program.
  2. Concentration phase
    This phase is designed to build specific competencies related to the student’s interests and career goals. Courses will be selected with the assistance of a faculty advisor, and may include courses from both inside and outside the College of Technology. Students in this phase may choose to complete either an internship or an independent study. The appropriate form for each must be filled out prior to registration.
  3. Synthesis phase
    During this final phase, students will select and complete either Plan I, completion of a Thesis, or Plan II, a formal examination or directed major project. The reasons for selection of either Plan I or Plan II vary by student interest and career plans, and should be decided in conjunction with the Graduate Coordinator and/or Major Advisor. Typically, students interested in further graduate study or teaching at the college level may select Plan I, where students interested in pursuing a career in business or industry may select Plan II. Students who select Plan I, must submit their thesis electronically. More information on that process is available here.

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