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M.Ed. in Learning Design and Technology FAQs

What makes the M.Ed. in Learning Design and Technology unique from other online programs?
The Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology from Saint Mary’s is unique in the fact that it was designed by real world PreK-12 educators and administrators as well as technology industry leaders. The program was structured to inspire innovation, creativity and lifelong learning. Not only will students develop their skills, knowledge and passion as educators, they will also grow as people through Saint Mary’s University holistic person-centered approach to teaching and learning. Like all other Saint Mary’s programs, students in this program will receive an educational experience unlike most online programs due to the outstanding support received from classmates, faculty and staff.

Where is this program accredited?
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Will my degree say that it is from an online program?
No. The degree you earn online from Saint Mary's University is identical to the degree offered on campus.

Is there a campus residency requirement, or is the program entirely online?
The program is fully online. You do not need to physically attend the Saint Mary’s campuses.

How long does the program take?
The online Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology program consists of 5 semesters (30 credits). In the online program, two 3-credit courses run in 8-week consecutive terms each semester. Semesters run year-round, with three semesters in a calendar year. The program can be completed in 20 months.

Can I transfer credits from another university and graduate program?
No. Neither transfer credits nor electives will be accepted into the program.

Will I be required to attend online classes during set times?
No. As long as you submit your assignments by the time they are due, you can work and study when it is most convenient to you.

I don't have an iPad. Is one required to pursue this degree?
All coursework can be completed through Saint Mary’s interactive website, but every online Saint Mary's University student is also issued his or her own iPad (included in tuition). You'll then have the world's most innovative online learning experience literally at your fingertips.

Is this a self-paced program?
No, these are instructor-led courses. While there are no set class times, there are assignments with set due dates.

What are the admissions requirements?
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, along with a GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.00 scale. Further information about admissions requirements and the application process can be found on the Admissions Page.

What type of support is available to me? What if I have a question about homework or need help with a technical issue?
All of the support systems available to on-campus students at Saint Mary's University are available for online learners as well. From academic support to career counseling, a team of advisers is ready to assist. Instructors are just a phone call or email away, and every online Saint Mary's University student is paired with a dedicated student services coordinator who will make sure your educational and professional goals stay on track. Technical support is also available to online students 24/7 at 877-308-9954 ext. 3.

Is financial aid available?
Absolutely. Many different types of financial aid are available to those who qualify. To discuss tuition rates and a number of different financial aid options, call 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor.

How do I get started?
Your journey to a more rewarding learning design and technology career starts by calling 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor, or you can request more information and we’ll reach out to you.