Our Master of Professional Studies 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 MPS in Learning Experience Design and Technology program 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. For example, participate in the optional LXD Skill Building Labs as part of the curriculum - shorter, more intensive courses, focusing on a key skill or knowledge base.
Create an ePortfolio that highlights your accomplishments and design skills.
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.
Participate in Skill Building Labs (LXD SBLs) if you choose EDU 6558 as part of your electives – shorter intensive courses that provide students with opportunities to focus deeply on a key skill or knowledge base. They are experiential in nature - including specific design challenges. Examples include: Design Blueprinting, Universal Design Designing with Rise/Storyline, Designing for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Backward Design, and Gamification.
Educators with the skills and experience to tackle today’s learning 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)
Apply learning design models, theories, practices, and technologies, based on the analysis of context, content, and learner needs, to develop engaging learning environments.
Demonstrate constructive working relationships and collaborations in a range of professional contexts while responding to the nuances of organizational culture, diversity of learners, project demands, and allocated resources.
Redesign learning experiences to create dynamic technology-enhanced and engaging environments by seeking out the learning design potential of new technologies.
Demonstrate the ability to effectively present ideas in multiple mediums and to diverse audiences.
Create learning designs that promote social justice, inclusion, and the building of intercultural and global networks, while demonstrating the capacity to perceive multiple perspectives.
Respond innovatively to the learning design opportunities and challenges in diverse contexts of industry sectors and modalities, while creatively drawing upon the latest research in learning design.
The Learning Experience Design and Technology Master’s 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 MPS in Learning Experience Design and Technology 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): 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
TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo, or NU Global Exam scores
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Master of Professional Studies in Learning Experience Design and Technology General Requirements
EDU 6050 - Education as an Advanced Field of Study
EDU 6051 - Culture, Equity, Power, and Influence
EDU 6319 - How People Learn
EDU 6334 - Foundations of Learning Experience Design
EDU 6335 - Advanced Practices in Learning Experience Design
EDU 6336 - Data Literacy for Data-Driven Decision Making
EDU 6323 - Technology as a Medium for Learning
EDU 6225 - Capstone
Electives may be satisfied by any EDU 6000-level course not already being used toward degree requirements. Suggested EDU 6000-level courses are listed below. Additionally, CPS graduate-level courses that may also be used to satisfy elective requirements are listed below:
EDU 6202 - Faculty, Curriculum, and Academic Community
EDU 6223 - Change Agency
EDU 6233 - Survey Design
EDU 6338 - Learning Experience Design Studio
EDU 6331 - E-Learning Design as a Collaborative Profession
EDU 6332 - Open Learning
EDU 6333 - Social Media and Beyond
EDU 6558 - Issues in Education
1.00 - 4.00
CMN 6025 - Digital Era Skills: Platforms, Tools, and Techniques
CMN 6080 - Intercultural Communication
CMN 6090 - Organizational Culture, Climate, and Communication
CMN 6095 - Foundations of Developing Cultural Awareness
DGM 6145 - Information Technology and Creative Practice
DGM 6279 - Project Management for Digital Media
DGM 6461 - Interactive Information Design 1
DGM 6501 - Web Creation Boot Camp
NPM 6140 - Grant and Report Writing
PJM 5900 - Foundations of Project Management
PJM 6000 - Project Management Practices
PJM 6205 - Leading and Managing Technical Projects
TCC 6120 - Usability and User Experience
TCC 6610 - Prototyping
TCC 6710 - Content Strategy
Please note: This curriculum is for marketing purposes only and is subject to change. Official curriculum can be found within the course catalog.
You'll focus on two new required design courses—EDU 6334—Foundations of LXD and EDU 6335—Advanced Practices in LXD, and one elective, EDU 6338—Learning Design Studio—to build and deepen your design skills through extensive practice.
Second, you’ll be provided with intentionally selected and scaffolded opportunities to build your technology skills, from initial foundation courses and course requirements, through your LXDT electives.
Third, you may participate in multiple credit and noncredit experiential opportunities throughout the program, including a final Experiential Network project option in your Capstone course.
Lastly, you’ll complete signature assignments in each course. These will be uploaded to your ePortfolio, along with a reflection on your learning process.
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and 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 275,000 alumni and 3,350+ employer partners, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global nongovernmental organizations. Our current students and faculty across strategically located regional locations further foster a lifelong, global community of learning and mentoring.
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