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The Department OF Educational Psychology


The Department of Educational Psychology (EPSY) is home to a variety of interrelated disciplines and degree options focused on human development and well-being in educational and community contexts. Our undergraduate programs prepare students to work with children and youth in a variety of community and school contexts. We also offer a range of professional master’s degrees geared towards professionals in schools, communities, and the corporate world. For those interested in doctoral studies we offer Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Educational Psychology, Counseling Psychology, and School Psychology.

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UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

EPSY offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Education and University Studies, with one of three focuses.

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Graduate Programs

The department of Educational Psychology offers a range of professional graduate degree programs.

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ONLINE EDUCATION

EPSY offers a wide variety of online programs and courses to many the diverse needs our students.

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Certificates

Undergraduate students have the opportunity to complete certificate programs while completing their degree requirements.

FROM OUR FORMER STUDENTS


“I came to the conclusion that being a special educator is less about whom you teach and more about what you teach.”

– Stephanie Haetchen ’12
Special Education Programs

Master's in:

Learning Design & Technology (Online)

Online M.Ed. in Learning Design & Technology


The rapid pace of emerging technologies offers innovative opportunities for enhancing learning environments. The field of Learning Design & Technology focuses on harnessing these innovations and applying the science of learning to create active, engaging, and more effective learning experiences – whether face-to-face or virtual. With a strong foundation in instructional design, learning theory, and hands-on technology skills, graduates from our online master’s degree in Learning Design & Technology are well-prepared to leverage today’s technologies and drive future innovation in our schools and industries.

What can you do with this degree?


Led by faculty members with expertise in educational psychology, instructional design, and online learning, our M.Ed. program prepares students to become learning & development specialists and education leaders using the potential of today’s technologies to design and develop high-impact learning experiences for a variety of audiences.

Our graduates work in the fast-growing field of Learning Design & Technology as:

  • Learning Experience designers
  • Learning and performance specialists
  • Instructional Technologists
  • Online Course Designers
  • E-learning developers
  • Technology coaches
  • Trainers

Who are we?


The Learning Design & Technology M.Ed. program is part of the division of Learning Sciences. The division consists of faculty interested in the science of learning. As a student in Learning Design & Technology, you can benefit from various educational, social, and funding opportunities promoted by the division.

 

DIVISION OF LEARNING SCIENCES -Master of Education (M.Ed.): Learning Design & Technology, Developmental Sciences, Creativity & Cognition -Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.): Learning Design & Technology, Developmental Sciences

Follow us on social media: Take a look at our ongoing activities and learn more about what we do in the Learning Sciences area on our social media platforms. We have a Learning Sciences Facebook page and a Learning Sciences Twitter account.

 

Academic Advisors


Heather Goldsberry

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Faculty


Noelle Wall Sweany

Clinical Professor and Associate Department Head

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Program Details


The Masters Program in Learning Design & Technology (M.Ed.) is a part of the Learning Sciences Division (LS), housed within the Department of Educational Psychology (EPSY) and the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at Texas A&M University.

Degree: Master’s in Learning Design & Technology
*Effective Fall 2021*
Delivery: Online
Degrees Offered: Master of Education (M.Ed.)
Credit Hours: 36 hours

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Curriculum


All required courses for this program are offered 100% online.

M.Ed. Curriculum

Foundation Courses

6 credit hours

EPSY 602:Educational Psychology
EPSY 673:Learning Theories

Specialized Courses

12 credit hours

LDTC 602: Educational Technology Field, Theory and Profession
LDCT 645: Emerging Tech. for Learning I
LDTC 651: E-Learning Design and Development
LDTC 654: Instructional Design

Research Courses

3 credit hours: one of the following courses

EPSY 622: Measurement and Evaluation
EPSY 689: Understanding Research from a Consumer’s Perspective

 Additional Elective Coursework

15 credit hours

LDTC 608: Online Course Design
LDTC 613:Integrating Technology in Learning Environments
LDTC 621: Graphic Communication and Interface Design
LDTC 631: Educational Video
LDTC 641: Educational Game Design
LDCT 642: Designing for Mobile Learning
LDTC 646: Emerging Technologies for Learning II
LDTC 655: Instructional Design II
LDTC 684: Internship
EPSY 624: Creative Thinking

Other Notes

  • The Educational Technology program requires a minimum of 36 credits to earn a M.Ed.
  • Core course requirements may be waived for students who have successfully comparable graduate coursework and/or demonstrate requisite knowledge and skills.
  • Students have the option to include one graduate-level course outside of the program, with advisor approval.

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STEP 1 - GATHER INFORMATION

If you are considering applying to our Learning Design & Technology M.Ed. program, the first step is to gather information about yourself and the program.

Gather information about yourself

  • Your career goals. This program is geared for individuals who wish to become learning design specialists who will develop high-impact learning experiences for a variety of audiences. The program will allow you to learn about instructional design and learning theory while developing hands-on technology skills.
     
  • Your previous academic experiences and professional roles. This program is a good match for you if you have had experience working in areas related to learning and instructional design. It is also a good match if you have career goals to create and apply more active, engaging, and effective learning experiences for students and professionals in a variety of settings.
  • Your expectations. In this program, you will take courses covering educational psychology, learning theory, and more specialized courses on designing learning environments and leveraging emerging technologies.
     
  • The timing of your application. We have two application cycles for the M.Ed. degree program – Fall & Spring. The best time for you to apply is when you are ready to start and make progress on a graduate degree program to develop learning design skills and apply a variety of technologies to enhance student learning.

 

Gather information about our programs

  • Consider the coursework you will take. You can take a look at the courses we offer for this degree program in the “Program Details” section of this website. Our graduate student handbook is also available to offer more details about the program for M.Ed. students. All of our courses are completely online, but this does not mean you’ll be completing them in isolation.  Our courses are designed to be collaborative in nature with a combination of theoretical and applied activities.
  • Follow us on social media: You can take a look at our ongoing activities and learn more about what we do in the Learning Sciences area on our social media platforms. We have a Learning Sciences Facebook page and a Learning Sciences Twitter account.
  • Ask remaining questions. If you have additional questions about the program, you can contact the academic advisor for graduate students. The academic advisor can help answer additional questions you may have about the admissions deadlines and required application materials. If you have specific questions about the degree or the coursework, please contact the program coordinator, Dr. Noelle Sweany at nsweany@tamu.edu.

STEP 2 - GATHER MATERIALS

APPLICATION MATERIALS

All materials (except for TOEFL/IELTS scores) will be uploaded directly to the GraduateCAS Grad application. Additional information about materials can be found in our Departmental Admissions requirements page for applying to our Master’s degree programs.

  • Individually prepared materials
    • Statement of Purpose
    • Resume/CV
  • Recommendation letters submitted on your behalf
    • Three letters of recommendation – these should be written by a professional colleague who can speak to your work experience
  • Transcripts and standardized test scores
    • Make sure you have enough time to have the official transcripts from prior degrees sent to you before the application deadline. You cannot be considered for acceptance into the program until an official transcript is on file with Texas A&M University.
      • Official transcripts and records from all colleges and universities attended (excluding community colleges; minimum 3.0 GPA recommended)
      • International students from non-English speaking countries only: Official TOEFL scores (or IELTS scores)
      • The GRE is not required for this program.
  • Application fee
    • Domestic applicants: $89 non-refundable fee
    • International applicants: $114 non-refundable fee

 

PREPARING A STATEMENT OF PURPOSE FOR THIS PROGRAM

Your statement of purpose should include not only your inspiration for pursuing a Master’s degree; it should also highlight your past training, research, and applied experiences in relevant fields. In addition, you should also state your career goals and plans for this additional graduate training, such as the expertise and experiences you would like to develop/gain from this program. Finally, if you are applying to multiple programs across universities, each program you apply to will be different. Remember to customize your statement of purpose for each program. This allows you to better illustrate how each specific program will be useful and help you meet your career goals.

 

PREPARING A RESUME/CV FOR THIS PROGRAM

In general, your CV should highlight your past academic and professional experiences relevant to the program you are applying to. This could include (but not limited to) your education background, past research training and achievement, past teaching experience and certification, and applied work/volunteer experience (e.g., experience working with youth and families as a counselor, social worker, program developer, etc).

 

PREPARING REFERENCES TO WRITE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION FOR THIS PROGRAM

Letters of recommendations should be from professors, course instructors, or research mentors. Letters should not be from family or friends.

 

GENERAL TIPS

STEP 3 - APPLY

Important! Please make sure you apply to the correct program: Master’s of Education degree in Learning Design & Technology. If you do not see the program listed in the application portal it is possible the deadline has passed. If this occurs, please contact the academic advisor for graduate students for further advice.

Deadlines

Applications are currently closed and may reopen August 1st for fall 2025 admissions.

The M.Ed. in Learning Design & Technology does not require GRE scores.

Frequently Asked Questions


Masters

  • List of Bachelor Degree Equivalencies

    Please view a brief List of Bachelor Degree Equivalencies by Country. If you do not find your country listed and are unsure of your degree equivalency, please contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@tamu.edu.

  • Can my Application fee be waived?

    Yes. This fee may be waived only in exceptional cases for low-income applicants and McNair Scholars. To receive the waiver, you must submit an awards letter from your current school’s financial aid office showing the award of a Pell Grant. Your Student Aid Report (SAR) from a current FAFSA can also be submitted to show financial need. McNair Scholars must submit a letter from their McNair Program Director verifying their status as a McNair Scholar in good standing to receive the fee waiver. Submit this information to the Academic Affairs Business Office and include your major of interest and term of application. Waiver of application fee is not available for international students.

  • Is supervision of experience requirements offered?

    It is the responsibility of students to independently seek out supervision opportunities. TAMU does not provide supervision for practicum hours.

  • Statement of Purpose Essay

    All applicants must complete the Essay, Statement of Purpose and explain the following:

      1. Why you applied to this program
      2. Academic background and training
      3. Potential for graduate study
      4. Research experience
      5. Other relevant professional experiences
  • I want/need a Graduate Assistantship/Fellowship – how do I apply?

    Please note that we cannot guarantee any financial assistance to any student. We will contact all admitted students about the process for applying for all available assistantships. This is a separate process from applying for admission. The department and programs will choose students to be nominated for Graduate Diversity or Graduate Merit fellowships. These fellowships are only open to U.S. citizens. Please do not ask to be nominated for one of these fellowships as the program will determine which students are competitive for these awards.

  • Can I send supplemental materials?

    You can send us anything you like, and will keep them in our application file. However, we will not upload these items to your file. If you want items such as a professional paper or resume included for review, you need to upload these items to the application as we cannot upload them on your behalf.

  • How do is submit my letters of Recommendation?

    The GraduateCAS online application includes a Recommendations section where you must add your recommenders’ information. Once you have saved the recommendation requests, GraduateCAS will contact each recommender via email to request the completion of the recommendation form and letter of recommendation. We require three letters of recommendations and they must be submitted directly by recommenders through the electronic system.

  • What are the typical program costs?

    Check out the cost of attendance estimator.

    Please note, you must update the program hours.

    For a better understanding of your total cost of attendance (COA), please visit our cost and tuition rates webpage (https://aggie.tamu.edu/billing-and-payments/cost-and-tuition-rates). This webpage will provide you with an opportunity to review estimated COA information for undergraduate, graduate and professional students, as well as other resources such as the tuition calculator and billing and fee explanations.

  • Can you guide me through the application process?
  • I live out of state. Do you accept out-of-state applicants?

    Yes, we accept in-state and out-of-state applicants.

  • Is there any opportunity for financial assistance?

    Yes, there are opportunities for financial assistance through the following departments: Office of Graduate Studies Financial Aid

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