Design and Technologies for Learning

Degree: Master of Arts in Educational Studies

The Design and Technologies for Learning thread focuses on preparing professionals working with or creating content for learners across a wide variety of ages and instructional contexts. From school- age to adult education, students will integrate ideas from contemporary research in learning sciences and other theoretical perspectives on learning, literacy, culture, technology, and media to explore and actively practice the design, assessment, and application of educational practice in formal and informal settings. Students will also have opportunities to explore research that describes the cognitive processes and sociocultural practices at play as people construct, produce, use and understand information. Students become knowledgeable in, and gain the ability to, examine theory, research, and design with a critical eye towards improving outcomes for all learners.


Total credit hours: 30

Core requirements (10 credits):

EDUC 570: Professional Development Seminar in Education
EDUC 591: How We Learn
EDUC 649: Foundational Perspectives on Educational Reform
EDUC 695: Research and Educational Practice

Thread courses (9 credits):

Students select three of the following courses, for a total of (9) credits:
EDUC 500: Foundations of Literacy
EDUC 503: Media Literacies
EDUC 524: Inquiry on Educational Issues
EDUC 525: Language and Learning in Home and School Settings
EDUC 547: Workforce Education
EDUC 560: Everyday Equitable Practice
EDUC 656: Critical Perspectives on the Global Role of English
EDUC 601: Transformative Learning and Teaching with Technology (SI 549)
EDUC 603: Design-Based Research for Assessing Learning Environments
EDUC 604: Curriculum Evaluation and Development
EDUC 626: Principles of Software and New Media Design for Learning (SI 548)
EDUC 644: Comparative and International Education
EDUC 645: Education and Cultural Studies

Electives (9 credits):

Students select 9 credits of additional coursework from available U-M offerings, both in and outside of the School of Education.

Internship (2 credits):

Students elect a total of 2 credits.



Apply online through the Rackham Graduate School at The application opens on September 1st of each year. Part-time students are welcome to apply.


Priority deadline (domestic and international): December 1
Final deadline, international: April 1
Final deadline, domestic: June 1

GRE Requirement

Applications are evaluated using a holistic process, which means that reviewers carefully consider all materials provided and no single factor is used in either accepting or denying an applicant for admission.

If you believe your undergraduate transcripts or GRE scores to be particularly poor predictors of your future academic and professional success, we invite you to include a brief note with any additional information or context that may be relevant. This may be worked into the text of your Statement of Purpose or be an addendum immediately following the final paragraph of the Statement of Purpose, in the same document.

The GRE General Exam is required to apply; however, if you have already completed a graduate degree, contact Educational Studies MA Coordinator Tom Drake for information about requesting a waiver of the GRE requirement.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available; please contact Educational Studies MA Coordinator Tom Drake for financial aid information.



98% of graduates with a Master of Arts in Educational Studies who responded to our survey reported finding employment or pursuing an advanced degree (63% responding).

Expected average first year salary: $40-45k

Graduates typically go into these industries: Students in the Design and Technologies for Learning program often seek positions in curriculum development and instructional services. Graduate work both within and beyond the traditional K-12 context.

Graduates often work as: Cirriculum Developers, Learning Experience Designers, Program Directors, Education Services Consultants

Examples of recent placements: Learning Experience Associate, University of Michigan Center for Academic Innovation; Cirriculum Developer, 826 Michigan


The Design and Technologies for Learning program requires an internship of at least a 100 hours be completed during the winter semester accompanied by a two credit seminar. Students in this thread often pursue many different options that range from research to instructional design working with faculty, campus offices, and local community organizations.

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