Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology (online)

The Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology (LDT) program at USC Rossier prepares you to start or advance your career in instructional design. You’ll acquire the knowledge and skills to excel in traditional and non-traditional settings, with a focus on online learning, corporate training, performance assessment, design and evaluation, and the management of educational programs. Upon graduation, you’ll be ready to significantly improve learning and performance outcomes within your organization.

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Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology (LDT)

Curriculum Overview

The Learning Design and Technology program empowers you to leverage technology, draw insights from learning and motivation research, and design learning experiences.

Our faculty members have designed the curriculum based on input from an advisory board comprised of leaders from a variety of industries, from museums to higher education institutions and the military. Rather than focusing solely on the acquisition of technical skills, the LDT program emphasizes a holistic understanding of instructional design and management of technological learning environments.

The Learning Design and Technology curriculum consists of 30 units, including:

1. Master’s Program Common courses

  • Framing
  • Diversity
  • Research Design

2. Program-specific courses

  • Learning and Motivation
  • Human Development
  • Instructional Design
  • Media Selection and Evaluation
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Design of Learning Environments

3. Capstone

The Learning Design and Technology program at the University of Southern California culminates in the “Master’s Studio,” a practice-oriented capstone where you will conduct a practical application of learning and design theory by designing or evaluating a learning product, such as a learning module or website, that demonstrates effective application of the program’s theories and concepts. The capstone incorporates elements of analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation.

Upon graduation you will be able to:

  • Design and implement learning experiences through face-to-face, technology-enabled, and/or blended learning formats
  • Select and evaluate media and technologies to support learning and motivation outcomes in diverse learning environments

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“The professors teach you about best practices while modeling them live in class. It’s so helpful to see the application of these principles and practices while thinking about how we can translate them into our professions.”

Alana Okamoto
—ME ’16

The Online Experience


As a student in the Learning Design and Technology online program, you attend classes live in a real-time virtual classroom environment. Sessions are led by faculty and include highly interactive and engaging discussions where you will collaborate with other students. Before attending class, you are required to complete and submit assignments through the learning management system.

Randy Hill, Executive Director, Institute for Creative Technologies

People are saying

I will be really excited to meet the graduates from this program and have the opportunity to interview them and recommend them to my peers in other institutions. I think they are going to be adding great value to the world of learning.

Randy Hill – Executive Director – Institute for Creative Technologies



The Admissions Committee seeks students whose academic background, professional goals, personal commitment and communication skills meet the demands of the program, and show promise for a successful career as a teacher.

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Aiddee Tellez
Assistant Director
Office of Admissions and Scholarships
(213) 205-3827