Online M.A. in Media, Technology and Learning Design

Design the future of learning with a M.A. in Media, Technology and Learning Design

The landscape of education is complex and continually changing, posing challenges to what it means to be an effective teacher and successful learner.

This online program will provide you with a deep foundation in the practice and theory of learning design, technology innovation, learning analytics, and critical studies in higher education, a foundation on which they can create engaging and innovative learning experiences for all students.

You will learn to synthesize learning theory with models for instructional design. This degree program enables you to evaluate technology and applications for effective student learning, as well as create and deliver high-tech instruction for e-learning in online environments.

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Earn a marketable graduate degree part-time with the flexibility to balance your studies with your career and life. Learn valuable skills you can use right away and open the door to a range of career options in K-12, higher education, corporate or ed tech.

Degree details


  • The Instructional Specialist K-12 Facilitation track prepares students to assume educational leadership roles in the use of instructional technology in public schools, public libraries and related settings. It leads to state licensure for the North Carolina Advanced Licensure in Computers (077) and the Technology Facilitator Endorsement (079). Click for course information.
  • The Online Design, Communication and Engagement concentration offers students the opportunity to analyze and develop online learning and professional development pedagogies and environments. Click for course information.

(Not every course listed may be delivered to App State Online students, but you will be offered all courses required for the degree.)

Program information

  • This program blends synchronous (set meeting times in an online classroom) and asynchronous (with coursework completed on your schedule) courses
  • Completion time: two years
  • A dual-master’s degree is available with the Master of Library Science. Please refer questions to the program contact.

Eligibility and application requirements


Applicants must:

Note: Those seeking the Instructional Technology Specialist/K-12 track must have a North Carolina "A" Licensure or the equivalent from another state.

Admissions exam:

An admission exam is not required for this program.

Application requirements:

  • Completed online application to graduate school
  • Application fee
  • Unofficial transcripts (or evaluated transcripts for degrees and coursework earned outside of the United States) should be uploaded showing any completed degrees and coursework.
    Note: Official transcripts will be required prior to enrolling.
  • Resume
  • Three references

Professional Licensure

Appalachian State programs that lead to a professional licensure or certificate are intended to prepare students for licensure or certification in North Carolina. Check the Professional Licensure webpage for information on licensure requirements in other states.

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Hear from an Alumnus

Jimmeka Anderson

“While working in the field, I was told App State was considered the "founding father" of universities for media literacy in the US. Many phenomenal media literacy researchers attended App State for their masters. I chose App State also due to it being one of the few universities to offer a master's degree program that focuses on Media Literacy and the convenience of the program being online while I worked full time. ”

Jimmeka Anderson ‘17