The online Master’s in eLearning and Instructional Design prepares graduates to excel in the diverse and ever expanding field of e-learning and design and to emerge as skilled leaders in their field.
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Today’s learning landscape relies increasingly upon the Internet in support of blended, online, and mobile learning. The Master’s in eLearning and Instructional Design is a versatile degree that opens a world of professional opportunity in our media rich, digital, networked world. Your coursework prepares you to shape the future of any learning-driven organization, including corporations, non-profits, higher education institutions, K-12 schools, and government agencies.
Program participants are career professionals whose organizational role involves education. Their workplace settings are wide-ranging: universities, not-for-profits, schools, and even multi-national corporations. Their job titles are diverse as well: educator, trainer, professor, human resource expert, technology coordinator, online learning manager, instructional designer, librarian, and consultant just to name a few. Your program colleagues are diverse, but they share a passion for improving and transforming learning in our technology-rich, Internet-connected society.
Our faculty members are nationally recognized award-winning experts known for their excellence as teachers and designers. They focus on helping you develop the knowledge and skills you need to progress your career. Many alumni tell us that they draw from the tools and methods they learned from Northeastern’s rigorous curriculum on a daily basis, including the hands-on experience they gain during their coursework. Our program is designed for professionals—educators, higher education staff, counselors, corporate trainers, and HR managers—who seek to increase or improve the use of eLearning in their work, and to advance their workplace leadership in this realm. You are a good fit if …
You work in an educational and/or training support capacity in higher education, non-profits, lifelong learning, or a corporate setting
You are a classroom educator within K12 or higher education seeking to increase your ability to design, teach, or manage the development of online and mobile learning
You want to discover new ways to engage with employees and constituents online
You work for a non-profit or governmental organization that is interested in expanding its involvement in online and mobile learning
You want to transition into a career that involves eLearning
You want to become an expert in next-generation online and mobile learning
Offers hands-on experience in designing innovative eLearning environments, strategic development, and project creation
Students create an ePortfolio; past program graduates have used their ePortfolios for promotions, job interviews, and doctoral degree applications
Benefit from experiential learning to develop and implement numerous workplace-based eLearning design projects
Online program provides flexibility and interactive experience for working professionals
The Experiential Network (XN) allows students to virtually work on short-term, real-world projects that complement their academic work.
Investigate the many settings where learning design takes place considering the interplay between context and design
Respond innovatively to the opportunities and challenges that are revolutionizing all sectors of education
Design and facilitate learning experiences that draw creatively upon the latest research in the science and art of eLearning
Develop dynamic environments that engage learners in interaction with images, words, videos, and animations
Put learning principles and high-impact practices into action within online and mobile learning scenarios
Forge constructive professional working relationships in a range of professional contexts while responding to the nuances of organizational culture, project demands, and allocated resources
Advance involvement with professional communities, expanding participation and visibility in the field of eLearning design
Develop an online, media-rich portfolio of work that demonstrates professional vision, thoughtfulness, and excellence
The role of eLearning is expanding exponentially in the education, non-profit, and corporate sectors. Your degree is versatile and opens up a world of opportunity in learning-driven organizations. The number of students taking at least one online course has now surpassed 7.1 million and represents 33% of all higher education students. You create an online, media-rich portfolio of work that demonstrates your professional vision, thoughtfulness, and excellence. This helps position you as a sought-after eLearning designer who is part of the next generation of leaders in the field.
"With my 20 years of experience in the field of online and mobile learning, I believe this program surpasses all others in its quality and distinctiveness."
A graduate degree, certificate, or bootcamp from Northeastern—a top-40 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): identify your educational goals and expectations of the program; please be aware that Northeastern University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose
Unofficial undergraduate transcripts; (official transcripts required at the time of admission)
Two letters of recommendation: from individuals who have either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities such as a faculty member, colleague, or mentor, preferably one from your current employer
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
Master of Education in eLearning and Instructional Design General Requirements
EDU 6050 - Education as an Advanced Field of Study
EDU 6051 - Culture, Equity, Power, and Influence
Concentration in eLearning and Instructional Design
EDU 6319 - How People Learn
EDU 6321 - Models for Learning Design
EDU 6323 - Technology as a Medium for Learning
EDU 6324 - Competencies, Assessment, and Learning Analytics
EDU 6331 - E-Learning Design as a Collaborative Profession
To be taken last:
EDU 6225 - Capstone
Complete 12 quarter hours of the following:
EDU 6332 - Open Learning
EDU 6333 - Social Media and Beyond
EDU 6558 - Issues in Education
1.00 - 4.00
EDU 6202 - Faculty, Curriculum, and Academic Community
EDU 6329 - Connecting Theory and Practice
EDU 6340 - Learning Analytics Concepts and Theories
EDU 6330 - Digital Media Literacy
EDU 6321 - Models for Learning Design
EDU 6184 - Interdisciplinary Foundations
EDU 6001 - Experiential Learning Theory and Practice
EDU 6002 - Culturally Responsive Experiential Teaching and Learning
EDU 6003 - Applied Research in Experiential Teaching and Learning
EDU 6004 - Leading Experiential Teaching and Learning
NOTE: EDU 6329 (Connecting Theory and Practice) should be taken at least 2 terms prior to EDU 6225 (Capstone) to allow time for implementing a workplace-based experiential project that you will design as the signature assignment for this course.
Northeastern's signature experiential learning model combines academics with professional practice to help students acquire relevant, real-world skills they can apply to their desired industry. Each program offers its own unique experiential learning opportunities, but they might include:
Experiential Learning at Work — Working professionals collaborate with their employer to develop a project that addresses a key business need their company has, in an area they want familiarity with.
Experiential Network (XN) — Students work virtually with a sponsoring organization on a short-term project over a six-week period.
Full-Time Co-op Opportunities — Students on co-op work in a paid position in their field of study for three to six months.
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and in fields ranging from finance to education to biomedical science to management to the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to a network of more than 255,000 alumni and 3,300+ employer partners, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global NGOs. Our current students and faculty across strategically located regional locations further foster that lifelong, global community of learning and mentoring.
Below is a look at where our Education & Learning alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.