What is Learning Design and Technology?

The Learning Design and Technology program prepares graduates to design and evaluate empirically grounded learning environments, products and programs that effectively employ emergent technologies in a variety of settings. Our graduates learn to:

  • Create engaging learning experiences
  • Assess learning needs 
  • Identify and solve problems/opportunities in the workplace, health care, schools, government and non-government settings
  • Align learning to desired performance outcomes
  • Design innovative solutions
  • Manage and evaluate programs
  • Lead technology innovations
  • Improve learning outcomes
  • Improve workplace productivity and effectiveness

Why choose a career in Learning Design and Technology?

Our graduates enjoy a high employment rate immediately upon graduation, and often before program completion. Professionals in LDT have creative and flexible work environments.

Some common careers in LDT:

  • Director of training and development
  • E-learning specialist
  • Health educator
  • Health personnel educator
  • Instructional designer
  • Learning and development specialist
  • Learning organization specialist
  • Medical training supervisor
  • Non-profit training specialist
  • Performance analyst
  • Performance consultant
  • Talent development specialist
  • User engagement specialist
  • User experience designer

Why WSU's LDT Program?

Wayne State University's Learning Design & Technology (LDT) program is among the oldest and most respected LDT programs in the country. The LDT master's students pay in-state no matter where they live. WSU LDT program also offers many courses fully online or hybrid to accommodate your schedule. The program offers a variety of certificates and degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Learning Design & Technology
  • Master of Education in Learning Design & Technology (fully online)
  • Education Specialist Certificate in Learning Design & Technology
  • Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching (fully online)
  • Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Because of the diverse opportunities of the LDT field, WSU's LDT program offers two master's concentration tracks from which to choose. This option eliminates the "one size fits all" characteristic of many graduate programs and allows students to select plans and develop skills to succeed in their chosen career path. Both concentrations share a common foundation in the identification of needs, design, development and evaluation of learning; however, Learning Technologies focuses on designing innovative learning technologies that support learning, while the Design and Performance Systems track focuses on the broader environment/organizational design to ensure positive impact on human and organizational performance.

Design and Performance Systems

Focus is on the use of design and systems thinking for organizational problem solving and effectiveness. This attracts students from psychology, sociology, business, anthropology, communications, and a wider range of fields. Many students come from organizational settings, already working on education and training, learning and development, organizational development, quality improvement/assurance, human resource development, seeking formal education to improve their knowledge and skills.   These graduates choose careers as instructional designers, performance consultants, learning & development specialists, talent development specialists, and other careers focused on improving workplace effectiveness.

Learning Technologies

Technology innovations for learning is the focus of this concentration. This program attracts a wide variety of students from different disciplines, including computer science, engineering, visual design/graphics, K-12 education and library science. This is attractive to students who want careers as e-learning specialists, user experience designer and other technology-supported instructional design roles in a variety of settings.