Our Graduate Certificate in Learning Experience Design and Technology teaches you today’s in-demand learning design skills through meaningful, learner-centered experiences and flexible, customizable coursework.
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Today’s learning designers are facing unique and rapidly evolving challenges. They must create environments that combine in-person, online, and mobile learning while taking advantage of our media-rich, digital, networked world. For your educational design career to grow and thrive, you need to stay on top of not only today’s trends but also tomorrow’s advances.
Northeastern’s Graduate Certificate Learning Experience Design and Technology provides an experience-based curriculum designed for the challenges facing today’s learning designers, educators, trainers, and instructional technologists in higher education, pre-K-12, government, corporate, and nonprofit organizations. You’ll strengthen your design and instructional thinking to create educational experiences that meet today’s demands and expectations.
You’ll receive both foundational and advanced design-related coursework taught by industry experts. And you’ll be able to hone your classwork through real-world, skill-building opportunities to expand your expertise and network.
Plus, your certificate can stack into the Master of Professional Studies in Learning Experience Design and Technology program for those who aren’t ready for a full master’s program.
Gain real-world experience before you graduate through experiential learning opportunities, including design studio electives and professional internships.
Learn from industry professionals who provide practical and meaningful experiences.
Connect with a thriving network of students, alumni, and industry experts through student orientation, residencies, panel discussions, and more.
Receive flexible, personalized, and agile learning opportunities needed to succeed in today’s educational environment.
Benefit from innovative course designs and formats, including badge-earning opportunities, skill-building labs, and open elective options.
Educators with the skills and experience to tackle today’s educational design challenges are finding themselves in demand across the industry:
Employment for training and development specialists is projected to grow 9% between 2019 and 2029—much faster than the average rate. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
It’s projected that 37,300 job openings will be available for training and development specialists between 2019 and 2029. (O*NET Online)
The Learning Experience Design and Technology graduate certificate program falls under the accreditation umbrella of the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). Therefore, the program will adhere to the NECHE guidelines and requirements necessary to maintain good standing. (https://cihe.neasc.org)
"The Learning Experience Design and Technology graduate certificate is a skill-based experiential program, where design practice takes center stage. Learning and design models provide a solid grounding as students create authentic learning experiences while building skills of immediate relevance to their professional lives."
Elizabeth Mahler, Associate Teaching Professor and Lead Faculty, LXDT Programs
"As someone looking to change careers and enter the field of Instructional Design, I appreciate the opportunity to participate in XN experiences where I work with clients to create real-world products that help me develop industry-specific skills and build my resume.
Jacquelyn Bertman, Assistant Director of Operations, Higher Education
"Each course in the program builds upon the last, and throughout the program I’ve been able to move my competencies in instructional design closer to expert. I’ve been able to use many of our signature assignments in my professional life, including those from Open Learning, Social Media and Beyond, and Models for Learning Design.
Elissa C. Cadillic, Training Coordinator, Boston Public Library
"The MPS and graduate certificate in Learning Experience Design and Technology are programs that recognize that every learner and designer is unique, providing both the skills, the technology, and the leadership thinking necessary for designer success in a post-pandemic environment. These hands-on programs focus on the experiences learners encounter, allowing students to explore innovative approaches that work in a collaborative framework."
A graduate degree or certificate from Northeastern—a top-50 university—can accelerate your career through rigorous academic coursework and hands-on professional experience in the area of your interest. Apply now—and take your career to the next level.
How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.
Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): identifies your educational goals and expectations of the program; please be aware that the university's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose
Unofficial undergraduate transcripts; official transcripts required at the time of admission
English language proficiency proof: students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S, stating degree conferral and date
TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo, or NU Global Exam scores
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Graduate Certificate in Learning Experience Design and Technology General Requirements
EDU 6319 - How People Learn
EDU 6334 - Foundations of Learning Experience Design
EDU 6335 - Advanced Practices in Learning Experience Design
EDU 6323 - Technology as a Medium for Learning
Please note: This curriculum is for marketing purposes only and is subject to change. Official curriculum can be found within the course catalog.
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