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Master of Science

Learning Experience Design and Educational Technology Master's


Earn a Versatile Learning Experience Design and Educational Technology Degree Online


The global pandemic has created an urgency for design teams to deliver next-generation solutions at a breakneck pace. In various domains including K-12, higher education, and workforce development, these teams are tasked with creating engaging and immersive virtual learning experiences that can substitute for on-ground instruction.

This master’s program was built from the ground up to help those involved in learning experience design gain an updated skill set, preparing them to meet the unique needs of each student within today’s new learning environment. The program incorporates design thinking, learning analytics, and universal design and accessibility.

Choose Your Track 

The Master of Science in Learning Experience Design and Educational Technology is offered in in two tracks: the K-12 Learning Designer pathway and the Adult Learning Designer pathway. These tracks allow students to specify if they are hoping to implement their knowledge in an academic or educational setting, or in a corporate setting. The courses in the K-12 pathway setting focuses on working with students in an educational setting, while the Adult pathway focuses on corporate training and adult education. Candidates may choose to complete both pathways if desired. Your career goals will ultimately help you determine which pathway is best for you.

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Learning Experience Design & Educational Technology Courses

Curriculum that ensures you’ve mastered the skills you’ll need as a learning designer.

This graduate-level educational technology degree is tightly aligned with employer-desired skills for learning experience designers. The program offers two tracks: the K-12 Learning Designer pathway and the Adult Learning Designer pathway. Candidates may choose to complete both pathways if desired.

The WGU M.S. Learning Experience Design and Educational Technology program was designed (and is regularly updated) with input from the experts on our Education Program Council, as well as ISTE and ATD standards. These respected authorities know exactly what it takes for a graduate to lead a staff of educators, administrators, and support personnel in K-12, higher education and corporate education settings. 

This program comprises the following courses. You will typically complete them one at a time as you make your way through your program, working with your Program Mentor each term to build your personalized Degree Plan. You’ll work through each course as quickly as you can study and learn the material. As soon as you’re ready, you’ll pass the assessment, complete the course, and move on. This means that you can finish as many courses as you're able in a term at no additional cost.

Foundations of Learning Experience Design
Learning Experience Design Lab
Learning Experience Design Capstone
Learning Experience Design: K-12 Specialization
Learning Experience Design: Adult Learner Specialization

12 Courses

Program consists of 12 courses

At WGU, we design our curriculum to be timely, relevant, and practical—all to help you show that you know your stuff.

Capstone Project

Special requirements for this program

WGU's online master's degree program in learning experience design and educational technology requires the successful completion of a capstone project. You'll take what you've learned during your studies and apply it to a real-world situation, proposing a solution to an actual issue you're likely to face in a professional environment. 

“Working on a master's degree through WGU was amazing. I loved working on my own time and schedule, especially since I have a full-time job. My mentor and class instructors were always helpful and proactive in reaching out. The classwork was relevant to my degree. I feel like the classwork was difficult but doable. I would highly recommend WGU to anyone who is working toward a degree WGU offers.”

—Rebecca Hanson
Teachers College Graduate

Why WGU?

You Aren't On Your Own

WGU has Program Mentors who work with you from the day you start, all the way through graduation. They help you chart your courses, answer your questions, and ensure you can go through your program. You're not alone when you choose an online degree at WGU.

Flexibility You Need

Students choose WGU for their online degree program because of its flexibility. Whether you already have a full-time job, have responsibilities as a parent, or just have a busy schedule, WGU can work for you.

Strong Alumni Network

When you enroll in an online master's degree program at WGU, you join an impressive network of teachers. Over 13,000 students graduated from the Teachers College in 2021 alone, taking their skills and impacting the educational system all around the United States.

Accredited, Respected,

One important measure of a degree’s value is the reputation of the university where it was earned. When employers, industry leaders, and academic experts hold your alma mater in high esteem, you reap the benefits of that respect. WGU is a pioneer in reinventing higher education for the 21st century, and our quality has been recognized.


When We Say Affordable We Mean It

By charging per six-month term rather than per credit—and empowering students to accelerate through material they know well or learn quickly—WGU helps students control the ultimate cost of their degrees. The faster you complete your program, the less you pay for your degree.

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A Master's Degree Is Within Reach

There is help available to make paying for school possible for you:

The average student loan debt of WGU graduates in 2022 (among those who borrowed) was less than half* the national average.

*WGU undergraduate students have approximately half the debt at graduation compared to the national average, according to the Institute for College Access and Success (2022).

Most WGU students qualify for financial aid, and WGU is approved for federal financial aid and U.S. veterans benefits. 

Many scholarship opportunities are available. Find out what you might be eligible for.


Education That’s Truly at Your Own Pace

What makes WGU uniquely flexible? We allow you to finish courses as quickly as you can show competence. You do so by passing assessments instead of sitting in class for a set number of weeks. At WGU, there are no rigid class schedules, no set log-in times, and no hard deadlines set by professors. Rather, you work with your Program Mentor to create a Degree Plan that works with your busy life. Want to take a test at 2 AM? At WGU it’s possible. Earn a career-focused education on your time.

"While getting my degree I was faced with learning how to teach from home, and help my own children adapt to learning online because of our pandemic. I love how WGU was flexible and I was able to breeze through courses when I knew the information and take my time on the ones I needed to.”

—Rachel Hink
Teachers College Graduate


A Master’s in Learning Experience Design Paves the Way to the Next Step in Your Career as an Educator

The education landscape is changing rapidly, whether it be in the K-12, higher education, or corporate training space. An increased demand for online education and a greater appetite for custom-tailored and individualized education has created an urgency in the new and expanding field of educational technology. As demand continues to grow, these industries need skilled professionals with a deep understanding of the new learning experience design discipline.

This Master of Science in Learning Experience Design and Educational Technology offers two pathways depending on your desired area of expertise. One prepares you to develop educational programs, methods, and curriculum for K-12 students, while the other is more focused on readying you to provide the same, but in areas including higher education and workforce development. A master’s degree program will help you gain the skills needed to improve learning experiences and play a part in the evolving future of education.

Return on Your Investment


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for instructional coordinators at the K-12 level is set to grow by 10% from 2020 to 2030. There is a similar need for training and development specialists in the corporate world with demand projected to increase by 11% over that same period.

Learn About All the Opportunities in Learning Experience Design and Educational Technology

With a master’s degree in learning experience design and educational technology, you could be prepared for the following jobs, depending on your industry of focus.


  • Instructional coordinator  
  • Instructional designer 
  • Curriculum developer
  • Instructional technologist
  • Instructional developer
  • Educational technologist
  • Learning designer
  • Director of eLearning
  • Learning Engineer
  • Learning architect
  • Instructional design coordinator
  • Distance education administrator
  • Academic technologist
  • Learning Experience Designer  

Higher Education

  • Director of Learning Experience Design  
  • Learning Experience Designer
  • Academic technologist 
  • Distance education administrator 
  • Director of instructional design 
  • Director of eLearning
  • Academic technologist
  • Online course designer
  • Online course developer
  • Learning Engineer
  • Learning Architect 

Corporate Training

  • Multimedia producer
  • Training and development specialist
  • Instructional technology specialist 
  • Director of Learning Experience Design
  • Learning Experience Designer
  • Director of instructional design
  • Director of eLearning
  • eLearning Designer/Developer 

Focused on Equity and Accessibility

The WGU Teachers College is in the top 1% for granting degrees for Black and Hispanic/Latinx educators at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. It is second in the nation for combined graduate and undergraduate degrees and credentials for students of color, according to the federal Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).


Master in Learning Experience Design & Educational Technology Admission Requirements

To enroll in this program, you must be in possession of a bachelor's degree from an appropriately accredited institution and be interested in advancing your expertise in learning experience design.

You will also need access to a community of learners. This community of learners will be the focus of your capstone project at the end of your program and other assessments throughout your program, and you will need to identify this group during your first term. 

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More About the M.S. in Learning Experience Design

No. You do not have to be a teacher to pursue WGU’s Master of Science in Learning Experience Design and Educational Technology. In fact, the program is built to provide knowledge and skills not only to teachers but also to individuals planning to work in other fields like corporate training. 

You can have any bachelor's degree and be working in any sector to pursue this Master of Science in Learning Experience Design and Educational Technology. In fact, the program is built to provide knowledge and skills to any individuals planning to work on training, curriculum, instruction, and more.

A degree in learning experience design and educational technology can prepare you for many different careers ranging from curriculum development and learning engineering to corporate training and teaching.

A degree in learning experience design and educational technology prepares you to build educational programs and curricula that are optimized for learners. You will discover how to create unique and innovative learning experiences that lead to desired learning outcomes.

A learning experience designer is someone who designs curricula and learning experiences in a way that empowers the learner to gain the necessary knowledge or achieve the desired learning outcome in a human-centered, goal-oriented way.

WGU is approved to offer federal student aid. You will need to apply using the FAFSA, which is used to determine your eligibility for aid. WGU’s FAFSA school code is 033394.

Scholarships are available for new WGU students and returning graduates. This video shows more about scholarship opportunities and how they can help you pay for school. Get information on:

  • How to apply
  • Eligibility requirements
  • Examples of scholarships
  • What happens after you apply
  • FAQs
  • Other financial aid options

WGU's tuition is a flat rate that is charged every six months. You can take as many courses as you are able in that six-month term—with no extra cost. You simply pay for the term and do as much work as you can or want to during that time. This means that finishing faster helps you save money—a major benefit you won't find at most other schools. 

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