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Master's Degree Program

Program: Learning Design, Innovation, and Technology

In our Learning Design, Innovation, and Technology (LDIT) Program, you will tackle promising and challenging frontiers of education — innovating education technology, leveraging the science of learning, and developing powerful pedagogies to improve learning outcomes. You will experience a diverse, inclusive, and high-energy environment, while learning from leading HGSE faculty, top industry practitioners, as well as your fellow cohort members. Our LDIT Program will equip you to work in education technology or curriculum development, creating new learning materials and experiences for preK–12 schools, colleges and universities, workplaces, and informal settings. 


"So much of young people’s learning today takes place out of school, and it impacts how we need to design learning experiences. With this program, we will study the evolution and science of learning — exploring the impact of technological innovations, identifying ways these tools can help us improve learning designs, and making progress toward generating better student outcomes."

Joe Blatt, Faculty Co-Chair

After completing the LDIT Program, you will have gained a deeper understanding of core competencies that explore how to: 

  • Envision, design, and deliver learning experiences 
  • Determine the aims, specifications, and scope of design work 
  • Evaluate, document, and improve learning designs   
  • Initiate and manage successful design projects   

Curriculum Information

The LDIT Program is designed to help you gain the knowledge and practice the skills essential to designing and implementing learning experiences. A minimum of 42 credits are required to graduate with an Ed.M. degree from HGSE.

The main elements of the 2022–23 academic year curriculum are:

  • The Foundations courses (14 credits) are How People Learn, Leading Change, Evidence, and Equity and Opportunity, in which students gain core skills central to the profession of education.
    • This program commences with How People Learn, an immersive online course that runs June–July and requires a time commitment of 10-15 hours per week.
    • You will continue Foundations with Leading Change, Evidence, and Equity and Opportunity on campus in August. 
    • The final component of Foundations is an Equity and Opportunity elective, which will take place during terms when electives are available. 

To fulfill the program requirement, you must take a minimum of 12 credits specific to LDIT, including the following:  

  • The LDIT Program Core Experience (4 credits), in this fall course, you will explore how to design learning across a wide variety of settings, from classrooms to conferences and online networks, in architecture, media, and emerging technologies. You will engage with outstanding design practitioners who are using design theory and strategies to make learning more appealing and more successful in a wide variety of settings. Across these different domains, faculty will highlight competencies that are critical tools for learning designers.
  • LDIT-related course work (8 credits), sample course subject matter may include deeper learning, innovation by design, learning through arts, and implementing learning technologies.
  • The remaining credits are taken via elective coursework, which includes the opportunity to specialize in a Concentration

Explore our course catalog.
Note, all information and courses are subject to change.

Program Faculty

Students will work closely with faculty associated with their area of study, but students can also work with and take courses with faculty throughout HGSE and Harvard. The faculty co-chairs for LDIT are Joe Blatt and Jal MehtaView our faculty directory for a full list of HGSE faculty.

Career Pathways

The LDIT Program prepares you for a variety of career pathways, including: 

  • Instructional designer 
  • Learning technologist 
  • Learning media producer
  • Instructional coach 
  • Curriculum designer 
  • Product designer 
  • Digital-learning designer 
  • User-experience designer 
  • Learning-assessment developer 
  • Human-factors researcher 
  • Professional learning and development manager 


From curriculum design to instructional approaches to classroom structure, technology has had a transformative impact on education. Our Learning Design, Innovation, and Technology Program grounds you in the science of learning and prepares you to incorporate technology into your education practice. In the profiles below, see how our technology-focused alumni have incorporated innovative practices into their learning environments: 

Julia Rose

Collaborate, Lead, and Inspire: Julia Rose, LDIT'22

The Intellectual Contribution Award recipient for Learning Design, Innovation, and Technology reflects on her time at HGSE and looks toward the future.

Maureen Bunney

The Might of Playful Learning

With an emphasis on social-emotional skills and play, master's student Maureen Bunney's edtech company aims to help young learners succeed.

Cohort and Community

Though LDIT, you will join a remarkable cohort of passionate educators and creative thinkers who represent diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experience levels. Guest speakers, alumni networking, student-organized initiatives, and social events all contribute to the creation of a cohesive and supportive peer group. The LDIT community also is part of the larger HGSE family — preparing you and your cohort members with the opportunity to change the world through your impact on excellence and equity in education. 

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Admissions Information

Learn more about our admissions application requirements and instructionstuition and financial aidrecorded webinarsdownload a brochure, and find answers to frequently asked questions.

Connect with Admissions

If you have additional admissions-related questions, please contact Selma Abdul.

Additional LDIT Resources

Connect with Program Staff

If you have remaining program-specific questions, please contact LDIT Assistant Director Rilda Kissel.