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New Learning

This exciting, online Master of Education degree program is designed to help teachers create more engaging learning environments for their students and to integrate new media and technologies into the classroom. New learning encourages students to be active designers of their own knowledge, in contrast to old teaching, in which knowledge was handed down to them. This program focuses on ways in which students use new, digital media to enhance the ways in which they learn and understand, thus improving the learning process. It also addresses the challenge of differentiating instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners.

What Makes This Program Great?

Dr. Bill Cope, Faculty Member, College of Education at Illinois, discusses Learning Design & Leadership: New Learning.

Rated by as one of the '10 Top Online Masters in Education Technology Teachers Won’t Be Ashamed to Put on Their Resumes'. They say: 'This top new online Master's degree was created from scratch by America’s best literacy researchers.  Its target audience is the working schoolmarm or mister who wants to nosedive into new media and create learning systems that engage young minds online socially as well as intellectually.'
A great big THANK YOU! I feel my work in your program is what set me apart as a candidate in a fiercely competitive environment. During an interview, I was asked about technology in the classroom—particularly how to enhance a traditional lesson through the use of technology. I was able to elaborate extensively on “flipping the classroom” and “TED –Ed.” I expanded my knowledge through the weekly blog posts which are extremely relevant—and make one think. Thank you for everything you have taught me, and thank you for helping me excel in my career! Katherine Schwebe (Master of Education at Illinois, 2013)
Thank you so much for your teaching and generosity. I've learned a lot from your courses. I have gained powerful insights and perspectives on student learning and collaboration. I've noticed using technology in the classroom can add depth beyond traditional teaching. It was great to have used the Scholar website as the  learning module, so I could better collaborate with fellow educators. I really enjoyed it. It was a great experience. I would like to study more about learning, technology, and curriculum. I've had a great learning journey! Thank you so much! Mi Kyung Choi (Master of Education at Illinois, 2013)
Thank you for the wonderful experiences I had in the New Learning program. The program has truly transformed my teaching and classroom. I am so thankful for all I have learned! Janet Austiff (Master of Education at Illinois)

Who Should Apply?

New Learning is designed for practicing teachers and aspiring teachers at all levels of education, as well as adult, community and workplace educators.
The program focuses on contemporary approaches to pedagogy, including ideas such as:
  • the use of new media and innovative technologies as tools for learning
  • differentiated learning that addresses learner diversity
  • the power of metacognition or thinking about thinking
  • peer interaction that values collective intelligence in learning communities
  • active knowledge making where learners are creators as much as they are consumers of knowledge, and
  • assessment which contributes directly and constructively to student learning.

Why Illinois?

We're one of the most respected public research universities in the world. The College of Education at the University of Illinois is a national and global leader in education and research, attracting the best students from across the U.S. and around the world. As a top-ranked institution, our break-through research addresses many of today's educational challenges, and we respond to these challenges with flexibility by creating and supporting relevant initiatives and centers.

  • Illinois is in the "Top Ten for Best Online Graduate Education Programs, according to the U.S. News & World Report.
  • Illinois is #1 in the Big Ten for starting and mid-career median salaries, according to PayScale, "College Salary Report."
  • Illinois has the 3rd most recruited students in the nation, according to the Wall Street Journal's "Top 25 Recruiter Picks."
  • Illinois is rated a "best value" in public education by the Kiplinger's and Princeton Review.
  • Illinois is #5 by Smart Money's "payback" survey of 50 top-priced schools.
  • Illinois online graduate students have access to 24/7 online support and services, including, access to the University of Illinois Library--the second largest university library in the United States.

What Is the Occupation Outlook?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • The employment of teachers is projected to grow 12 percent between now and 2022.
  • Growth is expected to increase for all education occupations due to projected increases in enrollment as well as declines in student-teacher ratios.
  • Teachers help to build on learning fundamentals and prepare students for more difficult curriculum as they progress.

To learn more about teaching, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook--Teachers. Here you will learn more including:

What is a Typical Plan of Study for this Program?

Courses for Master of Education
Credit Hours
EPS 431 New Learning: Innovative Pedagogy & Curriculum Design
Educational Policy Studies (EPS) Foundations Course
EPS 415 Technology & Educational Reform
Educational Psychology (EPSY) Foundations Course
EPSY 408 Learning & Human Development with Education Technology
Five additional elective courses*
from the College of Education, with advisor approval.
Some options include:
CI 560 New Media & Literacies (Trends and Issues in Language Arts)
EPS 535 Assessment for Learning
EPSY 556 Educational Technologies (Analysis of Adv. Inst. Tech)
EPSY 590 Mobile Learning
HRD 472 Learning Technologies
HRD 572 e-Learning Ecologies
HRD 585 Program Evaluation
SPED 413 New Media & Learner Differences
Total Credit Hours
*Students may substitute any one of the electives with an independent study course, or any other EPOL online course with advisor approval. Students should discuss their individual plan of study with their advisor. Joint Degree Opportunity: Students in this program may choose to earn their degree and simultaneously complete an M.B.A., with 12 fewer required hours than when pursuing both degrees independently. Students must be enrolled in the M.B.A. program for three terms and complete all the requirements of their primary degree. Interested students should see the joint program requirements and contact the M.B.A. program and their major department office for more information.
**This program differs from LDL: Foundations of eLearning in Higher Education based on the courses elected. Talk with your advisor about appropriate courses for your track.

Courses for Certificate
Credit Hours
Select four courses from:
CI 560 New Media & Literacies (Trends and Issues in Language Arts)
EPS 431 New Learning: Innovative Pedagogy & Curriculum Design
EPS 535 Assessment for Learning
EPSY 556 Educational Technologies (Analysis of Adv. Inst. Tech)
EPSY 590 Mobile Learning
HRD 472 Learning Technologies
HRD 572 e-Learning Ecologies
HRD 585 Program Evaluation
SPED 413 New Media & Learner Differences
Total Credit Hours
Candidates are required to complete 16 credit hours of graduate level courses. Students can transfer up to 12 credit hours to an approved Master of Education degree program upon admission. Students should discuss their individual plan of study with their advisor.

Where Can I Learn More?

Gain a greater understanding of what Learning Design & Leadership has to offer by StARTing here. At our StART page (Student Academic Resource Tool), you will learn more about the program objectives, organization, faculty, courses, schedules and more. You can even get real-time help by "chatting" with our Online Graduate Student Services Representative. Connect with us! We're here to help!

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