Master of Education

Learning Design

Learning Design, often referred to as instructional design, will prepare you to take a leadership role in teaching, training and development in virtually any work environment. This masters degree will open new career paths in the information age and enhance existing employment opportunities.  View our distinguished faculty page and our alumni testimonials below.

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Masters of Education - Learning Design Online

Advance Your Career

Instructional Design
Training and Development
Instructional Technologist
College Instructor
Leadership at a center for teaching and learning

Courses/Cost/Time

12 Courses - 36 Credit Hours
Tuition Estimate $15,968
Finish in 18 months
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Alumni Testimonials - Learn about these incredible alumni and the impact this graduate program had on their careers!

alicia

"We are living in a digital revolution. As students, we are dealing with more complex thinking and receiving education from many different sources. Sitting in a classroom listening to a lecture is not the best way for me to learn. The Learning Design program was a perfect fit for me, the non-traditional/non-linear thinking student. I appreciated the blended learning, real world connections and collaborative environment from the staff and my peers. This program, without a doubt, helped me to secure a position as a designer with my current employer. At Artcobell, our main objective is to design learning spaces for the 21st century classroom that caters to all types of learners and enhances the overall student experience. I cannot think of a better place to express both my passion for graphic design and education!

Alicia Springer - Senior Graphic Designer, artcobell
 


christina

"For me, the Learning Design Program at BGSU was a new, exciting and engaging learning experience. Coming from a background of higher education and having little experience with the more technological side of the program, I got the opportunity to learn how to take my educational skills and use them in a new way. Having classmates from a variety of career fields was exciting as well because it gave me the chance to learn from other professionals, while also learning from my professors. My favorite part of the program was the flexibility to take all of my courses online and never miss a beat with my classes all while working full-time, moving to a new city and going through a career change. I am so thankful for all I have learned and all the skills I have been able to apply to my everyday job."

Cristina Wayton - Assistant Director, Campus Visits & Orientation, Cleveland State University

Christopher-Pappas

"The faculty of the Learning Design program are very enthusiastic, motivating and have a great passion for sharing knowledge. Their positive attitude, experience, and supervision created an extremely productive and collaborative learning environment for me and my peers. The Learning Design program is a life time experience that provided me with the knowledge and the experience to thrive in a very demandingjob market!"

Christopher Pappas - Founder, eLearning Industry Network (elearningindustry.com)


chase

"The Learning Design program at BGSU was the final piece in my "What do I want to be when I grow up?" puzzle. As a VCT graduate, I had knowledge and experience in many new and upcoming technologies, but had trouble picking just one or two to turn into a career. I completed the program to bring all of those options together by becoming an educator. It wasn't until graduate school that I realized I had been teaching my whole life, but never truly thought of it as a career option. I am now an Enabling Technologies Informationist at the University of Michigan and am truly happy with my profession. It feels great to know that I am making a difference for thousands of students and I have BGSU (and the College of Technology) to thank for that."

Chase Masters - Enabling Technologies Informationist,  University of Michigan

erin-schwiebert

"The skill set that the Learning Design program helped me develop is highly applicable to various settings that I encounter where organizational skills and creativity are a top priority. That skill set includes the ability to see the big picture and think outside of the box, all while working independently or within a team environment. The faculty and staff within the Learning Design program were challenging, engaging, and supportive. They were able to use their real world experiences to help me connect to the topics and engage in the subjects."

Erin Schwiebert - Diversity & Inclusion Consultant, Marathon Petroleum Company


jaclyn

"The Learning Design graduate program at BGSU was the perfect opportunity to combine my two passions; technology and education, in order to pursue a career that I find most rewarding. The blended curriculum between adult learning principles and modern technology really helped me become a specialist in my field. I appreciated the 100% online coursework and flexibility because it allowed me to continue my education while gaining experience and working full-time in the industry."

Jaclyn Kinsey - Instructional Designer, Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Seth-Neeley

"After completing my undergrad at BGSU in the ATE program, I was glad to continue my education in the Learning Design program. I lived and worked abroad in South Korea for one year and the flexibility of this online program helped me to stay on schedule. The Learning Design program focuses on unique skills in an industry that is continually growing. I felt the program's professors and advisors provided great support and valuable guidance. Being able to obtain a job even before my graduation date was just icing on the cake!"

Seth Neeley - Assistant Educational Development Officer, Hong Kong Polytechnic University


david-walkup

"Through the graduate program, I developed and refined my skills of writing, creativity, communication, and organization into a career that enables me to utilize those skills and develop new ones. Through the leadership, teaching, and friendship of the faculty in the Learning Design program, I would not be on the career path that I am on. I will never regret a single minute of the hard work that I put into the Learning Design program."

David Walkup - Account Managemer/Program Developer at Healthy Interactions

Program Information

As one of the most respected Master of Education Degree Programs at the University, Learning Design focuses on developing leadership potential, creating new career paths and enhancing existing employment opportunities. The program prepares individuals to take a leadership role in teaching and training settings, and advance their careers in academia and other training and development systems. Learning Design curriculum focuses on:

  • Instructional design
  • Learning theories and strategies
  • Interactive learning systems
  • Adaptive and immersive learning technologies
  • Leadership development
  • Learning intervention and evaluation
  • Organizational changes and sustainability
  • Applied research skills

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.

Course Requirements

Learning Design Core (12 HOURS)

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.

  • LRND 6010* - Principles of Learning Design
  • LRND 6030 – Data Analysis and Decision Making
  • LRND 6790 – Research in Learning Design
  • LRND 6800 – Seminar in Learning Design

Concentration Courses (18 HOURS)

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. Choices may include but are not limited to the courses listed below.

Choose Six

  • LRND 6500* – Instructional Systems Design
  • LRND 6600 – Evaluation in Learning Design
  • LRND 6700* – Principles of Multimedia Production and Courseware Design
  • LRND 6720* – Digital Game-Based Learning
  • LRND 6730 – Adaptive Hypermedia and Personalized Learning Environments
  • LRND 6740 – Digital Learning Theories
  • LRND 6750 – Leadership Theory and Practice
  • LRND 6820/6830 – Topics in Learning Design
  • LRND 6840/6850 – Directed Readings in Learning Design

Program Synthesis (6 HOURS)

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 choose to select Plan I, whereas students interested in pursuing a career in business or industry may choose to select Plan II. Students who select Plan I must submit their thesis electronically.

  • Plan I: Thesis
  • Plan II: Major Project
  • Plan II: Comprehensive Examination

Application Requirements

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Submit Your Graduate College Application Online
 

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Note:  All graduate level programs use the same Graduate College Application. A $45 nonrefundable application fee is assessed for domestic applications. The international application fee is $75.

 

 

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Submit Official Transcripts and Standardized Test Scores  

TRANSCRIPTS: As part of the online application process  you will upload scanned copies of transcripts from all institutions attended. Upon admission, final official transcripts from each degree-granting institution must be submitted to the Graduate College.

Request official transcripts and test scores be sent to:

Graduate College
120 McFall Center
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403

TEST SCORES:  GRE score (within last 5 years). NOTE: If a person already possesses a master's degree then no test scores are required.

Non-native speakers of English must have a minimum 80 TOEFL IBT, 53 PTEA, or 7.0 IELTS score. For information on the GRE/TOEFL tests, visit the Educational Testing Service website.

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Three letters of recommendation  

You will be able asked to submit three letters of recommendation during the online application process

You will be enrolled in and receive your degree from the College of Technology Architecture and Applied Engineering

Learning Designers help universities, non-profits, and companies overcome specific business and organizational challenges.