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Technology for Learning, Development and Change

This interdisciplinary program seeks to enhance the ability to conceptualize, apply and implement cutting edge, technology-based solutions for professionals in a variety of roles, including  knowledge management, learning, and performance consulting, faculty in education, technology and curriculum specialists or leaders, instructional designers developing online/blended learning and learning leadership.

The M.A. Degree in Technology for Learning, Development and Change program prepares students for a range of existing and emerging roles involving learning leadership and the strategic integration of technology with learning and change.  As a student in the TLDC program, you will:

  • Understand adult learning and human resource development
  • Be able to design all forms of learning for a variety of purposes 
  • Be capable of assessing system learning and change  needs  and designing appropriate learning/change programs using technology
  • Understand the leadership issues of managing learning across complex, global systems
  • Lead strategic changes in systems and processes for enterprise performance

What you can earn

  • Certificate (Learning Technology K-12)
  • Certificate (E-Learning)
  • Master of Arts (M.A.)


Where you'll learn

  • On-campus (St. Thomas)
  • On-line




When you can start

  • Fall semester begins: September 3, 2014


Questions about this program

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Ea Porter

Enrollment Advisor



Program Details

For the E-Learning Certificate

This course will provide an overview on the pedagogy, assessment, and evaluation of E-Learning. The topics include instructional strategies for synchronous and asynchronous training, principles of good practice, motivation, assessment tools, case studies, e-Learners and evaluation methods.

This course provides an overview of E-Learning models at schools and corporation through case study and hands-on practice. Current E-Learning systems and tools will be reviewed. Students will design, develop, and implement an E-Learning project using the current E-Learning tools.

This course is part of the Human Resource Development specialization/certificate and explores the impact of technology on human resource leadership practice. Two current areas of impact are explored in this course: technology and learning applications (e.g., E-learning) and the use of technology in managing information or knowledge management. The impact of technology on people in organizations, how technology can best be used, and the various technological applications are addressed in this course. 

This course will focus on procedures for designing and developing technology-enhanced instruction for E-Learning. Students will become familiar with a variety of the theories and models of instructional design for E-Learning. They will apply the selected models in the development of instructional units and the ancillary instructional materials for E-Learning courseware.

This internship provides for a supervised practice and/or project based on an approved proposal. The internship will demonstrate competency of the ISTE Technology Standards and provide an innovative experience in using advanced learning technologies and/or developing curriculum or learning modules for online education and training. Participants may complete the internship at their place of employment if appropriate.

15 Credits

For the Learning Technology Certificate

This foundational course will examine learning theories and philosophies and their implications on the use of technology, as well as the history and development of learning technologies. Keyboarding knowledge and ergonomics will be introduced. Students will learn a variety of learning technologies and advocate sound integration of technology into curriculum. The applications employed in this course include Inspiration, PowerPoint, Spreadsheet (Excel), and E-Folio. Participants will integrate learning technologies into their curriculum planning in the specific content areas that meet with the technology and content standards. This course can be used for Teachers for Keyboarding for Computer Applications K-8 endorsement.

This course will provide opportunities for exploration and discussion on the development of educational Internet Web site and software for current and innovative educational practice. As classroom teachers in K-16 settings and as trainers of technology-based training programs, course participants will consider the design, development, management and evaluation of educational Web sites and software. Research on Keyboarding and the best practices of Keyboarding will be reviewed. Course activities include hands-on experiences leading to a development of WebQuest that can be used for classroom teaching and information dissemination. 

In this course, learners will develop theories and applications in multimedia design and asset creation using a variety of digital media that support curriculum needs and objectives. Digital media can include cameras, scanners and digital editing systems. Resources explored in previous courses will be integrated into presentation and authoring applications such as productivity tools, multimedia applications and mind tools in the classroom. This course can be used for Keyboarding K-8 endorsement program. 

This course focuses on technology that supports the constructivist theory of learning and teaching, enhances student learning and helps teachers with instructional strategies that regard learners as agents of their own learning. Technology can supply essential tools to meet the demands of student learning in the 21st century. Students must be able to: construct knowledge; gather, organize and interpret information; assess their learning and communicate their learning to others. Participants will practice implementing their technologies in interdisciplinary and collaborative learning activities in their content areas to increase student motivation and achievement. The modules in this course include introduction to Understanding by Design, a technology integration plan, Keyboarding curriculum planning, eFolio, technology grant writing, Internet Videoconferencing, DVD authoring, and review of previous course projects and topics. Students will go through the activities in each module and complete projects on selected modules. This course can be used for Keyboarding K-8 endorsement program. 

12 Credits

For the Master of Arts (M.A.)

This internship provides for a supervised practice and/or project based on an approved proposal. The internship will demonstrate competency of the ISTE Technology Standards and provide an innovative experience in using advanced learning technologies and/or developing curriculum or learning modules for online education and training. Participants may complete the internship at their place of employment if appropriate.

HR and change leadership involves changing individuals and organizations through the use of various educational approaches. To be able to be successful, HR and change leaders need to understand basic business concepts. This course is an overview of basic business concepts as they apply to HR and change leadership. They are less detailed than you would find in a business school, and are tailored for HR and change professionals.

HR and change leadership involves changing individuals and organizations through the use of various educational approaches. This course will provide an overview of how various organizational outcomes are analyzed and measured. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to analyze the various components of a financial statement, apply financial concepts to HR and change leadership practices, and implement various measurement tools to evaluate the effectiveness of human resources in organizations. A focus of this course will be on applying financial metrics to assess human resources and change initiatives.

This course will explore human communication and technology mediated processes in organizations and how they are being significantly reinterpreted and advanced as a result of use of innovative technology such as computer -mediated communication, social networking and virtual worlds. We will employ hands-on learning with technology, reflect and react to these experiences, conceptualize the impact they have on people and organizations and apply our learning to collaborative projects in which we use the technology for organization development and change.

This seminar critically examines discussions on theories, practices and issues related to technology-enabled formal and informal learning that lead to organizational development and change. Seminar will address different topics of timely interest, current issues, future trends and various approaches to learning platforms, content tools, Web 2.0 tools and social learning applications.

This course examines how educational organizations develop and change and how leaders and followers interact within organizations from several theoretical and conceptual perspectives. Students observe the workings of educational institutions and programs, interview educational leaders, and analyze their own understanding and practice of leadership.

LHDT 638 Educational Program Evaluation and Research (3 Credits)
This course will provide educators with the knowledge and skills necessary for being informed consumers and practitioners of evaluation in educational settings with specific emphasis on the evaluation of technology programs.

HRDO 514 Program Evaluation Strategies and Applications (3 Credits)
This course is designed to prepare students for one of the primary roles of the human resource development field researcher and/or evaluator. Topics include the role of research and evaluation in organizations; designs and models for studies; methodologies for data collection and analysis for quantitative and qualitative data; guidelines for communicating findings; and critical philosophical, political and ethical issues. Students critique published work in the literature, create a full-length evaluation plan for a program within their organization; and deliver a presentation in which they advocate for support of their evaluation plan.

The groups of courses below have served as guidelines for students to achieve specific degrees.  It is also possible for students to mix and match any of the courses below to design their own 12 credit specialization.

E-Learning specialization

HRDO 597- E-Learning and Knowledge Management
LHDT 548 - On-line Teaching and Evaluation
HRDO 600- Instructional Design for E-learning  
LHDT 550 - E-learning Tools for Online Course Development

Learning Technology specialization

LHDT 525- Introduction to Technology Tools & Effective Learning
LHDT 527- Digital Media for Teaching and Learning
LHDT 526- Web-based Curriculum Design & Assessment
LHDT 528- Integrating Technology into Teaching and Lifelong Learning

Leadership and Technology specialization

LHDT 565- Leading and Facilitating Virtual Teams
EDLD 815- Leadership and Technology
Two electives   (Based on their background and professional goals, the students work with the program advisor to choose two courses from OL&D/LPA and/or College of Business)

TOTAL 33 Credits

Chou, Chientzu 80x72

Chientzu Candace Chou, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Organization Learning and Development (651) 962-4814
MOH 339 | Opus Hall

Hart, Rama 80x72

Rama K. Hart, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Organization Learning and Development (651) 962-4454
MOH 429 | Opus Hall


Assistantships and Internships
The M.A. Degree in Technology for Learning, Development and Change offers a wide variety of professional development opportunities throughout the year. 

The Value of a St. Thomas Degree

Calculating the cost of your degree can be challenging, as every institution approaches it a bit differently. At St. Thomas, we list our tuition cost as cost per credit:

  • Each course can be 1-3 semester credits, but the standard course is 3 credits.  
  • A typical part-time student in our graduate programs takes 3-6 credits per term.
  • To view the total number of credits per program you can view the courses tab above.

It may be possible for you to receive some type of financial assistance. To learn more, please visit our Graduate Financial Aid page.

We offer our students much more than just a degree. We offer the chance to be a part of a personal and professional network like no other, which means your graduate education will enrich your life and career long into the future.


Education (M.A., Ed.S., Certificate, Licensure)

On-campus Tuition (per credit) $793.50
Books and materials
(estimate per course)
One-time application fee $50

1 | Meet the Requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • A cumulative minimum undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.0 (4.0 scale) or the successful completion of a graduate level program from another institution

If you do not meet the above requirement(s), you may be eligible for special admission, which requires:

  • A cumulative minimum undergraduate G.P.A. of 2.75 (4.0 scale)
  • The completion of a standardized test, such as the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), GRE, GMAT or LSAT
  • A possible interview with an admissions person/committee

2 | Submit the following application materials:

  • Application form and one-time $50 application fee
  • Two positive letters of reference from non-related individuals
  • Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work (unless that work was completed at the University of St. Thomas)
  • Personal statement

3 |  Submit the supplementary materials:

  • Initial Licensure:  MTLE Basic Skills required by the end of an initial teacher licensure candidate's first semester of coursework.
  • International Applicants:  (1) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required for any candidate whose primary language is not English. (2) Transcript Review: All international transcripts must be reviewed by an accredited evaluation service to determine U.S. equivalency of the degree awarded and the institution awarding the degree. Applications will not be reviewed for admissions until the official review is submitted.


Application Deadlines:

  • For Fall Term: June 1
  • For Spring Term: Rolling
  • For Summer Term: May 1


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