eLearning & Instructional Design

  • Master's
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Why eLearning & Instructional Design?

The online Master of Education in eLearning and Instructional Design prepares graduates to excel in the diverse and ever-expanding field of e-learning and design and to emerge as skilled leaders in their field.

Today’s learning landscape relies increasingly upon the internet in support of blended, online, and mobile learning. The Master Education in eLearning and Instructional Design is a versatile degree that opens a world of professional opportunity in our media rich, digital, networked world. Your coursework prepares you to shape the future of any learning-driven organization, including corporations, nonprofits, higher education institutions, K-12 schools, and government agencies.

Program participants are career professionals whose organizational role involves education. Their workplace settings are wide-ranging: universities, not-for-profits, schools, and even multinational corporations. Their job titles are diverse as well: educator, trainer, professor, human resource expert, technology coordinator, online learning manager, instructional designer, librarian, and consultant, just to name a few. Your program colleagues are diverse, but they share a passion for improving and transforming learning in our technology-rich, internet-connected society.

Our faculty members are nationally recognized award-winning experts known for their excellence as teachers and designers. They focus on helping you develop the knowledge and skills you need to progress your career. Many alumni tell us that they draw from the tools and methods they learned from Northeastern’s rigorous curriculum on a daily basis, including the hands-on experience they gain during their coursework. Our program is designed for professionals—educators, higher education staff, counselors, corporate trainers, and HR managers—who seek to increase or improve the use of eLearning in their work, and to advance their workplace leadership in this realm. You are a good fit if …

  • You work in an educational and/or training support capacity in higher education, nonprofits, lifelong learning, or a corporate setting
  • You are a classroom educator within K-12 or higher education seeking to increase your ability to design, teach, or manage the development of online and mobile learning
  • You want to discover new ways to engage with employees and constituents online
  • You work for a nonprofit or governmental organization that is interested in expanding its involvement in online and mobile learning
  • You want to transition into a career that involves eLearning
  • You want to become an expert in next-generation online and mobile learning

More Details

Unique Features

  • Offers hands-on experience in designing innovative eLearning environments, strategic development, and project creation
  • Students create an ePortfolio; past program graduates have used their ePortfolios for promotions, job interviews, and doctoral degree applications
  • Benefit from experiential learning to develop and implement numerous workplace-based eLearning design projects
  • Online program provides flexibility and interactive experience for working professionals
  • The Experiential Network (XN) allows students to virtually work on short-term, real-world projects that complement their academic work

Program Objectives

  • Investigate the many settings where learning design takes place considering the interplay between context and design
  • Respond innovatively to the opportunities and challenges that are revolutionizing all sectors of education
  • Design and facilitate learning experiences that draw creatively upon the latest research in the science and art of eLearning
  • Develop dynamic environments that engage learners in interaction with images, words, videos, and animations
  • Put learning principles and high-impact practices into action within online and mobile learning scenarios
  • Forge constructive professional working relationships in a range of professional contexts while responding to the nuances of organizational culture, project demands, and allocated resources
  • Advance involvement with professional communities, expanding participation and visibility in the field of eLearning design
  • Develop an online, media-rich portfolio of work that demonstrates professional vision, thoughtfulness, and excellence

Career Outlook

The role of eLearning is expanding exponentially in the education, nonprofit, and corporate sectors. Your degree is versatile and opens up a world of opportunity in learning-driven organizations. The number of students taking at least one online course has now surpassed 7.1 million and represents 33% of all higher education students. You create an online, media-rich portfolio of work that demonstrates your professional vision, thoughtfulness, and excellence. This helps position you as a sought-after eLearning designer who is part of the next generation of leaders in the field.

What you'll study

General Requirements

Master of Education in eLearning and Instructional Design General Requirements
EDU 6050 - Education as an Advanced Field of Study
EDU 6051 - Culture, Equity, Power, and Influence

Concentration in eLearning and Instructional Design

Required Courses

EDU 6319 - How People Learn
EDU 6321 - Models for Learning Design
EDU 6323 - Technology as a Medium for Learning
EDU 6324 - Competencies, Assessment, and Learning Analytics
EDU 6331 - E-Learning Design as a Collaborative Profession


To be taken last: 

EDU 6225 - Capstone


Complete 12 quarter hours of the following:

EDU 6001 - Experiential Learning Theory and Practice
EDU 6002 - Culturally Responsive Experiential Teaching and Learning
EDU 6003 - Applied Research in Experiential Teaching and Learning
EDU 6004 - Leading Experiential Teaching and Learning
EDU 6329 - Connecting Theory and Practice
EDU 6332 - Open Learning
EDU 6333 - Social Media and Beyond
EDU 6340 - Learning Analytics Concepts and Theories
EDU 6558 - Issues in Education
1.00 - 4.00
DGM 6122 - Foundations of Digital Storytelling
DGM 6145 - Information Technology and Creative Practice
PJM 5900 - Foundations of Project Management
TCC 6100 - Introduction to Technical and Professional Writing
TCC 6102 - Editing Technical Content

NOTE: EDU 6329 (Connecting Theory and Practice) should be taken at least 2 terms prior to EDU 6225 (Capstone) to allow time for implementing a workplace-based experiential project that you will design as the signature assignment for this course.

This program requires successful completion of a minimum of 45 credit hours that meet the degree requirements.


Not ready for a full master's degree? Consider our four-course eLearning and Instructional Design graduate certificate, which rolls into the master's program. 

Did You Know?

All MEd students create ePortfolios, an example of their mastery in new topics and fields through documentation, assessment, and integration of coursework with their workplace experience. Students leverage this body of work throughout the program and after, as a key piece of their personal brand. 

Average Time to Completion

1.5-2 Years



Entry Terms


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