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Education, Learning, Design, and Technology, M.Ed.

The M.Ed. in learning, design, and technology (LDT) prepares professionals to design and develop effective, engaging instruction and empirically-grounded learning environments that utilize technology effectively in a variety of settings, including PK- 12, higher education, business, non-profits, and other training settings. This program integrates powerful contemporary ideas about learning with emergent technologies to design, develop, and evaluate learning environments, products, and programs.

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National Job Growth

Job opportunities in educational technology are expected to grow 7% in the U.S. by 2025.

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Grand Valley ranks number one as a talent provider for teaching positions in West Michigan.

Source: EMSI, 2021

Program Overview

LDT is a fully online program offering two emphasis areas: educational technology and instructional design. The educational technology emphasis caters to educators seeking to enhance competencies in teaching with technology, while the instructional design emphasis aims to improve the abilities of all professionals to effectively design, develop, deliver, and evaluate instructional products and experiences within their instructional settings.

Why Study Learning, Design, and Technology at Grand Valley?

  • Develop and grow professionally as part of a community of learners engaged in collaboration with faculty members, outside experts, mentors, and like-minded colleagues.
  • Learning takes place using evidence-based practices, information, digital tools, and instructional materials.
  • Faculty members are experts in their field of study and remain flexible, available, and supportive of students.
  • Take part in state-of-the-art learning from an institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA) of Colleges and Schools.
  • Named "Best Online Graduate Education Programs" by U.S. News & World Report and


Grand Valley State University's College of Education and Community Innovation is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association (NCA). The faculty are leaders in their fields, melding together the philosophy of education and your needs as a practitioner.

Location & Format

Classes for this program are offered fully online.



LDT includes foundation courses (12 credits), a social foundation course (3 credits), a research and evaluation course (3 credits), emphasis area courses (9 courses), and an elective course (3 credits). Students will learn in the following areas:

  • Learning experience design
  • Digital teaching environments
  • Improving human performance
  • Implementing best practices in instructional design
  • Digital literacy skills
  • Emerging technologies
  • Technology management

Career Options

In addition to enhancing your teaching skills with technologies, the LDT program can open doors to various career paths in organizational training, learning and development, or higher education. Specific career examples include, but are not limited to learning experience designer, instructional designer, curriculum developer, technology coordinator, educational media specialist, online learning specialist, training and development specialist, and performance consultant.

Application Deadline

Deadline for fall semester is July 15; winter, November 15; spring/summer, March 15. Early application is encouraged to secure course enrollment. Late applications will be considered on an individual basis, contact program director Beomkyu Choi, [email protected]. The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if you have previously applied to GVSU.

Admission Requirements

For general requirements for graduate admission, visit Grand Valley State University’s admission section of the online catalog.

Admission into a master's of education program has additional requirements, which are available on this page.

If you have additional questions, please contact our graduate admissions office.

International students, please note: This program does not offer enough consecutive physical classroom presence for a student to qualify for an F-1 visa.

For More Information

Learning, Design, and Technology
401 Fulton Street West, Building C
(616) 331-6650
[email protected]

Program Director

Beomkyu Choi, Ph.D.
(616) 331-6225


“I discovered the wealth of software and technology, such as the distance learning equipment, that was available to me in my district. I am now better equipped to implement technology-based learning into my instruction.”