Applied Education Studies (BS): Learning Design and Technology

The Learning Design and Technology (LDT) concentration was created under the Applied Education Studies degree plan to serve students who are interested in working in multiple sectors as instructional designers and developers rather than teachers. This concentration does not lead to licensure like most undergraduate programs in the College of Education. Rather, graduates would be expected to work as instructional designers and content developers for different employers such as K-12 and private school systems, higher education institutions, government/military agencies, or business/industry. Some graduates may also be interested in entrepreneurial work, creating non-profits or startup companies to offer technical educational services, training, or new products.

This undergraduate program is closely paired with the LDT master’s program in offering an Accelerated Bachelor’s-Master’s (ABM) option, allowing students to receive both their B.S. and M.Ed. in five years with a reduction of 12 credit hours that are double-counted. Students must meet specific requirements to be eligible for the 4+1 program including a 3.5 GPA at the time of application (end of junior year), with that 3.5 GPA maintained until graduation with the B.S. degree. If an undergraduate student is not eligible for 4+1 at the end of their junior year or loses their eligibility by a GPA dropping below 3.5, they can still apply separately for the regular, non-accelerated master’s program after graduation which requires a 3.0 GPA for unconditional admission.

Plan Requirements

English, Literature, and Speech
ENG 101Academic Writing and Research4
Advanced Writing3
COM 110Public Speaking3
or COM 112 Interpersonal Communication
or COM 211 Argumentation and Advocacy
Humanities & Social Sciences
PSY 200Introduction to Psychology3
SOC 202Principles of Sociology3
History3
GEP Humanities3
Education Major
ED 100Intro to Education2
ELP 344School and Society3
EDP 304Educational Psychology3
PSY 376Developmental Psychology3
Major Electives
Education Electives3
Introduction to Science, Technology, and Society
Teaching Field Electives30
Supporting Electives12
Foundations of Interactive Game Design
Design Inquiry I: Methods and Processes
Desktop Publishing and Imaging Technology
GEP Courses
GEP Mathematical Sciences6
GEP Natural Sciences7
GEP Health and Exercise Studies2
GEP Additional Breadth MSNSE3
GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives5
GEP U.S. Diversity
GEP Global Knowledge
Foreign Language Proficiency
Free Electives19
Total Hours120

Advanced Writing

ENG 287Explorations in Creative Writing
ENG 288Fiction Writing
ENG 289Poetry Writing
ENG 292Writing About Film
ENG 316Introduction to News and Article Writing
ENG 323Writing in the Rhetorical Tradition
ENG 331Communication for Engineering and Technology
ENG 332Communication for Business and Management
ENG 333Communication for Science and Research

History

AFS/HI 275Introduction to History of South and East Africa
AFS/HI 276Introduction to History of West Africa
HI 205Western Civilization Since 1400
HI 207Ancient Mediterranean World
HI 208The Middle Ages
HI 209From Renaissance to Revolution: The Origins of Modern Europe
HI 210Modern Europe 1815-Present
HI 221British History to 1688
HI 222History of British Cultures and Societies From 1688
HI 233The World Since 1750
HI 251American History I
HI 252American History II
HI 263Asian Civilizations to 1800
HI 264Modern Asia: 1800 to Present
HI 270Modern Middle East
HON 290Honors Special Topics - Humanities/US Diversity
HON 293Honors Special Topics - Interdisciplinary Perspectives/Global Knowledge

Teaching Field Electives

ECI 201Intro to Instructional Technology for Educators
ECI 512Emerging Technologies for Teaching and Learning
ECI 513Teaching and Learning with Digital Video
ECI 514Developing and Delivering Online Instruction
ECI 515Cultural Investigations and Technical Representations in Education
ECI 516Design and Evaluation Of Instructional Materials
ECI 517Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Learning Environments
ECI 518Digital Learning Program and Staff Development
EI 201Exploring Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurial Thinking
EI 331Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurial Thinking I: Skills and Planning Basics


 

This is a sample.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
ENG 101 Academic Writing and Research 4
PSY 200 Introduction to Psychology 3
GEP Mathematical Sciences 3
COM 211
Argumentation and Advocacy (Communications Elective)
or Public Speaking
or Interpersonal Communication
3
GEP Health and Exercise Studies 1
ED 100 Intro to Education 2
 Hours16
Spring Semester
GEP Health and Exercise Studies 1
GEP Mathematical Sciences 3
SOC 202 Principles of Sociology 3
Free Elective 2
Teaching Field Elective 3
ANT 261 Technology in Society and Culture (GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives) 3
 Hours15
Second Year
Fall Semester
BIT 100 Current Topics in Biotechnology (GEP Natural Sciences) 3
D 100 Design Inquiry I: Methods and Processes (Supporting Elective) 3
ECI 201 Intro to Instructional Technology for Educators (Teaching Field Elective) 3
History Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
BIO 227 Understanding Structural Diversity through Biological Illustration (GEP Natural Sciences) 4
D 101 Design Inquiry II: Methods and Processes (GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives) 3
ST 311 Introduction to Statistics (GEP Additional Breadth) 3
COM 200
Communication Media in a Changing World (GEP Humanities)
or Studies in Rhetoric and Digital Media
3
Free Elective 1
 Hours14
Third Year
Fall Semester
ELP 344 School and Society 3
CSC 281 Foundations of Interactive Game Design (Supporting Elective) 3
EI 201 Exploring Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurial Thinking (Teaching Field Elective) 3
Teaching Field Elective 3
ENG 331
Communication for Engineering and Technology (Advanced Writing Elective)
or Communication for Business and Management
3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
EI 331 Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurial Thinking I: Skills and Planning Basics (Teaching Field Elective) 3
STS 214 Introduction to Science, Technology, and Society (Education Elective) 3
PSY 376
Developmental Psychology
or Child Psychology
or Psychology of Adolescent Development
3
Teaching Field Elective 3
TDE 205 Desktop Publishing and Imaging Technology (Supporting Elective) 3
SLC 250 Critical and Creative Decision Making Models (Free Elective) 3
 Hours18
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
GC 420 Visual Thinking (Free Elective) 3
AEE 325 Planning and Delivering Non-Formal Education (Free Elective) 3
EDP 304 Educational Psychology 3
Supporting Elective 3
Teaching Field (recommend drawing from 500-level instructional/media design courses in LDT master’s program) 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
Teaching Field (recommend drawing from 500-level instructional/media design courses in LDT master’s program) 9
HA 240 Introduction to Visual Culture (Free Elective) 3
 Hours12
 Total Hours120

For those pursuing the Accelerated Bachelor's Master's Program:

Plan of Study Grid
Fifth Year
Fall SemesterHours
Draw from 500-level instructional/media design courses in LDT master’s program 3
ECI 546 New Literacies & Media 3
ECI 721 Technology and Informal Learning Environments 3
 Hours9
Spring Semester
ECI 652 Field-Based Applications of Learning Design and Technology 3
ECI 502 Technology Program Evaluation 3
ECI 722 Theory and Research in Distance Education 3
 Hours9
 Total Hours18