MEd, Learning Design & Technology

Typical Length 2 years

Delivery Campus Based



This nationally accredited program prepares students to design, develop and evaluate learning environments, programs and resources by integrating contemporary and emerging technologies and learning principles.   

Students will explore areas such as online learning systems, educational games, social media, mobile applications, web design, and more emerging technologies within the context of designing effective, efficient, and engaging learning and teaching. The program places emphasis on applications of technology in educational settings rather than simple technical skills. Individuals from diverse backgrounds can immediately apply what they learn to their particular context.

Common Careers

Graduates of the program have found professional positions in formal educational settings, both public and private, at all levels: K through 12, postsecondary (community colleges and universities). Our graduates can also be found working in government, military, library, museums, research institutes, non-profit, business organizations such as health care, hospitality, where they design learning resources by integrating advanced technology such as e-learning, computer simulations and interactive games to enhance learning and job performance.

There is no single job title for learning design and educational technologists in organizations, but some examples include: Instructional Designer, Technology Coordinator, Training Consultant, Digital Media Specialist, Online instructor, eLearning Consultant,  Museum Education Specialist and so on. (See Bureau of Labor Statistics for job outlook)

Admission Requirements
Apply to UHM Graduate Division View This Task

You must submit a graduate division application.

Online Applications

To submit your application please go to the UHM online application.

Make sure you choose the application type “Graduate Studies”.

For checklist item #7 (Planned Course of Study) select "Learning Design and Technology - MEd"

For directions and information on the UHM Graduate application process go to the Office of Graduate Education Forms page and select - Graduate Admissions Application General Information and Instructions.

Information for prospective students can be found on the prospective students page of the UHM Graduate Division website.

When completing a paper application, if you wish to qualify to pay resident tuition at UHM based on residency status or Board of Regents exemptions you should also submit the Residency Declaration Form.

Send your paper application along with Residency Declaration Form to the UHM Office of Graduate Education at:

2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822
Completed Baccalaureate Degree View This Task

Applicants must have graduated from a UHM recognized, accredited, four-year institution of higher education prior to beginning the MEd, Learning Design & Technology program.

To check if you graduated from a UHM recognized institution contact the UHM Graduate Division at or (808) 956-8544.

Undergraduate Cumulative GPA View This Task

An Undergraduate Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher is required.

The Graduate Division at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) requires an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to be considered for admission. Some departments however may admit students with GPA’s that are below a 3.0. Departments consider the GPA along with other factors when making their admission decisions.

Submitted Transcripts View This Task

A transcript from each post-secondary institution attended is required.

You should also including transcripts from, any study abroad or exchange programs, summer programs, and non-degree work and extension programs. Your official transcripts need to be sent directly to the Graduate Division directly from the issuing institution(s), or in sealed institutional envelopes if submitted with the application.

UH Transcripts

Transcripts are not required for course work completed at any of the UH campuses. Graduate Division Student Services will obtain UH transcripts on behalf of applicants.

International Students

Refer to the Office of Graduate Education International Admissions Requirements website for specific international requirements.

Send your official transcripts to the UHM Graduate Division at:
2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

Unofficial Transcripts

You may submit a copy of your unofficial transcripts directly to the department. However, you are still required to have your official transcripts sent directly to the UH Mānoa Graduate Division at the address above.

Upload your unofficial transcripts.
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Submitting unofficial transcripts to the department alone does NOT meet the transcripts requirement.

Statement of Objectives View This Task

You are required to write a statement of objectives as part of your application.

You are required to write a response to the following question as part of your application to the MEd, Learning Design & Technology program.

Use the following directions to submit your statement of objectives.

  1. Save your statement as either a word (.doc/.docx) or PDF (.pdf) format.
  2. Name the file with your name and the word statement
    (e.g. StudentName_Statement.pdf).
  3. Upload your statement to Mākālei
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Submit Resume or Curriculum Vita (CV) View This Task

Your resume or CV is required.

You are required to submit your resume or CV. You can either upload a copy directly to Mākālei or mail a copy to the department.

Upload your resume or CV
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AlertYour resume or CV must be in either Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx) or PDF (.pdf) format.
Three Letters of Recommendation View This Task

You must provide 3 letters of recommendation

List three professional references who will write your letters of recommendation, e.g., supervisor, professor, advisor, instructor, etc. These references will be sent an email with directions for submitting the letter. Please verify in advance, the listed references have agreed to provide a letter and inform them they will receive an email with instructions. The College reserves the right to contact professional references other than those listed.

Name E-mail Phone Relationship Send

Please make sure the letters are submitted by:
Letters can be submitted by one of the following:

  1. Upload to Mākālei (preferred):
    • You will be able to see any letters that are uploaded into Mākālei. If you or your references want the letters to be private, letters should be faxed or mailed in.

  2. Mail:
    • Admissions, Department of Learning Design and Technology,
      University Hawai‘i at Mānoa,
      Wist Hall Rm 232,
      1776 University Avenue,
      Honolulu, HI 96822

LTEC Survey View This Task

Please complete the MEd, Learning Design & Technology LTEC Survey

LTEC Survey
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English Proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS) View This Task

International students may need to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to be considered for admittance. For more information on the TOEFL and IELTS tests and to determine if you need to take them please visit the Office of Graduate Education's English Proficiency website.

Minimum acceptable scores for the 2 tests are:

600/100 (Paper/Internet)

25 Listening
25 Speaking

6.00 for the Overall band test results

Send your official scores to the UHM Graduate Division at:

2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

Identification Documents View This Task

International students are required to submit a copy of their Identification documents (i.e. Passport or Identification Card)

As required by U.S. federal regulations, all international applicants are required to submit a copy of their passport identification pages, or a copy of their national identification card if a passport is not available.

Send your identification documents to the UHM Graduate Division at:
2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

International applicants need to show proof of sufficient funding to cover all educational and living expenses.

International applicants need to show proof of sufficient funding to cover all educational and living expenses ,including expenses for any accompanying spouse or children. Upon admission to UHM, only international applicants with proof of funding will receive visa documents. The Confidential Financial Statement Form for International Applicants is required of most international applicants.

Send your financial statement to the UHM Graduate Division at:
2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822
Application Deadlines
Starting Semester General Admission International Students Admission
Fall February 1 (Rolling Admissions) January 1 (Rolling Admissions)
Spring N/A N/A
Delivery & Format

The LTEC MEd is cohort-based, with students only admitted in the fall term each year as part of a group that takes initial classes together.  In a cohort model, students enroll in a series of core courses, beginning and ending the series together. Such an approach helps build community and support structures within the program. Students work with like-minded professionals to achieve a common goal.  

LTEC core courses are offered on campus, including a weekend sessions at the Manoa campus in the first semester. The weekend session is an orientation scheduled as part of a two-day, on-campus retreat usually beginning on the Saturday of the weekend proceeding the first day of instruction in August. Elective courses can be taking on campus or fully online depending on the students’ interests and schedules. Courses are scheduled within the standard UHM semester.


The M.Ed. in Learning Design and Technology is a 33-credit graduate program of six required core courses and a minimum of five elective courses. Core courses are taken in sequence. All students follow the same sequence in their first year. Courses for the second year depends on whether students are attending full-time, with those on a part-time basis typically completing core requirements in year 3.

  • The six core courses in the campus-based program are offered at the Manoa campus on Tuesday and Thursday evenings to accommodate adult learners, typically from 5:00-7:30 PM HST on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
    • LTEC 600 Theory and Practice in Educational Technology
    • LTEC 602 Innovations in Educational Technology
    • LTEC 611 Ed Tech Research & Evaluation
    • LTEC 613 Instructional Design and Development
    • LTEC 687 Instructional Design & Technology Practicum
    • LTEC 690 Seminar in Technology Leadership
  • Electives may be taken on campus or online and in any semester, including summer, and are selected from LTEC 400-level and 600-level courses. At least three electives must be graduate level and taken after admission to the program. Students will develop a plan for electives with their program coordinator based on individual interests and goals.

Culminating Experience

Plan B option which is most commonly selected includes the following:

  • a design or research project selected by the student and approved by an advisor; and
  • a conference presentation showcasing the project

Students have the option of completing a Master’s thesis under Plan A.

For a full listing of courses, see UH Manoa Catalog.

Tuition & Funding

The tuition rates for Fall 2019 are $663 per credit for residents and $1558 per credit for non-residents. Students enrolled in an online program will only be assessed for resident tuition regardless of their residence in a different state or country. See the “Graduate General & Post-Baccalaureate Unclassified” heading on the Office of the Registrar’s website.

See the following sites for funding information:

Faculty & Virtual Tours

Our faculty and staff will provide you with guidance and resources to support your success from beginning to end. You will receive a dedicated faculty advisor to partner with you on your journey. 

LTEC provides virtual tours to prospective students, see our virtual tour schedule.

Program Coordinator