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The Master of Education in learning systems technology education online degree program prepares instructional designers and learning scientists to act in teaching and administrative roles in order to analyze problems and apply solutions for learning, including planning, preparation, implementation, evaluation, and management.

Aspects of the program include the psychology and development of diverse learners, learning resource development and application, and societal concerns pertaining to instructional technology. Graduates of this 36-hour program may apply these skills to a variety of careers in public schools, community colleges, higher education institutions, business, industry, government, military, and medical settings or facilities.



Apply Online

If you want to be a part of this program and earn your M.Ed. degree, your first step is to apply to the UA Little Rock Graduate School.

After you have completed your online application to the Graduate School, your folder with all of your transcripts will be sent to the program coordinator for evaluation.


Get Advised

Once you get your letter of acceptance you will be able to start the program in any semester: Fall, Spring, or Summer.

Once accepted to UA Little Rock, specialized advisors within the School of Education will help you get registered for classes.


Embrace Technology for a Changing World

Technology can create an immediate and highly-personalized user experience. A student is no longer forced to proceed at the same speed as the rest of the class. The modern learner expects enhanced learning experiences tailored for the individual and delivered as fast as possible.

Work While Earning Your Degree

The best part about this fully online program is you can work full time while attending classes. Almost everyone in this program holds full time jobs and the normal course load is six hours a semester during Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. Therefore, you can expect to complete about six of the twelve courses required during a single calendar year. Some people take more courses and complete the program in less than two years, but the normal completion time is two years.


This 36-hour master’s degree prepares you for the design, production, and application of these new instructional design methods, including creating and designing compelling documents and electronic displays, cutting-edge interactive tutorials for web-based delivery, instructional blogs, purposeful and effective web pages, complete instructional packages using digital images and film clips, courses using a variety of course management systems, learning resource centers, and much more.

Admission Requirements

Graduate School Admission

  • Apply for admission to the UA Little Rock Graduate School.
  • $40 non-refundable application fee paid via the link in the initial application email or by contacting the Cashier’s Office.
  • Official transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges and universities (undergraduate and graduate).
    • International students must have their transcripts articulated. Transcripts that have not been articulated can be submitted for the application process; however, if a student is granted admission, WES-articulated transcripts must be submitted to the Graduate School before he or she can register for classes.
  • Proof of 2 MMR vaccines. Contact your program coordinator if you think you are eligible for a waiver. Students only in the UA Little Rock Online programs are exempt.
  • Proof of a grade point average of at least 2.7 on a 4.00 scale, including post-baccalaureate hours.
  • A copy of your government-issued photo ID.

International Student Admission

Required documents for international admission:

  • Tuberculosis screening
    • All applicants must provide proof of a Tuberculosis screening, which must be performed in the United States of America and can be done at the Health Services Center at UA Little Rock.
  • Health and accident insurance
    • All international students must purchase the health and accident insurance provided by UA Little Rock and maintain coverage year-round. Students will be billed at the beginning of each fall and spring semester. A student who enters in a summer semester will be billed for that semester as well, making the total number of times billed three instead of two. If you have any questions, please contact Health Services at 501-569-3188.
  • Transfer forms
    • Applicants transferring from another institution within the United States of America must also provide a Transfer and Visa form completed by the applicant’s International Student Services advisor from his or her current institution.
  • Financial statement (students with F and J visas only)
    • Before they can be accepted into the Graduate School, students must provide a financial statement showing that they are financially capable of pursuing a graduate education in the United States of America. For more information on this form, please contact the office of International Student Services at 501-916-5815.
  • All applicants must submit a copy of their visa.

Transfer Credit

The coordinator will review the applicant’s transcript before approving up to six hours of transfer credit into the LSTE program. The courses must be from an accredited institution and no more than five years old. Should six hours transfer properly, the applicant must take the remaining 30 hours within the program for a total of 36 graduate hours.

Program Admission

All applicants for both regular and conditional admission must submit a Biographical Data Form.

Regular Admission
  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.7 (4.0 scale), OR
    • Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00.

Retention Requirements

  • A minimum score of B is required for each of the required courses in the program study.
    • A required course with a grade of C does not satisfy the degree requirement and must be repeated.
  • All students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 to be in good standing in the program.
    • Those not maintaining at least a GPA of 3.00 will be placed on academic probation.
    • Students who fail to remove the probationary status by raising their cumulative GPA to 3.00 or better within the next 12 credit hours are subject to dismissal from the LSTE program.
  • Deviation from the degree plan requires the approval of the LSTE coordinator.

Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of approved program of study
  • Passing the comprehensive exam or successfully defending a portfolio presentation


The program includes three major areas in instructional technology:

  1. Instructional program development: consideration of the broad problem of developing a complete system of instruction, a total application of technology, and mediated instruction to facilitate learning;
  2. Educational technology product development: the practice of creating packages of mediated instruction and the translation of specific instructional objectives into concrete items that facilitate learning; and
  3. Educational technology management: an investigation of support services for both instructor and learner; considers principally a “responsive” service; includes aspects of location, selection, acquisition, organization, storage, retrieval, distribution, and maintenance of both materials and devices.
Learning Systems Technology Required Courses (Choose 18 hours)
  • LSTE 7303 Foundations of eLearning (3 credit hours)
  • LSTE 7304 eLearning Environments & Education (3 credit hours)
  • LSTE 7311 Intro to Instructional Design (3 credit hours)
  • LSTE 7315 Instructional Design: Accessible & Universal (3 credit hours)
  • LSTE 7317 Mobile Learning Environments (3 credit hours)
  • LSTE 7329 Trends in eLearning (3 credit hours)
Educational Foundations Required Courses (Choose 12 hours)
  • EDFN 7303 Intro to Educational Research (3 credit hours)
  • EDFN 7313 Learning Theory & Instructional Applications (3 credit hours)
  • EDFN 7314 Cognition & Instruction (3 credit hours)
  • EDFN 7370 Educational Assessment (3 credit hours)
Electives (Choose 6 hours)

Other electives require prior approval of advisor.

  • LSTE 7307 Research in Human-Technology Interaction (3 credit hours)
  • LSTE 7310 Systematic Integration of Technology in Learning Systems (3 credit hours)
  • LSTE 7313 Perception, Meaning, & Messages (3 credit hours)
  • LSTE 7316 Applied Theories of Instructional Design (3 credit hours)
  • LSTE 7323 Advanced Instructional Design (3 credit hours)
  • LSTE 7350 Internship (3 credit hours)
  • RHET 5302 Technical Reports (3 credit hours)
  • RHET 5304 Technical Style & Editing (3 credit hours)
  • RHET 5375 Grant Writing (3 credit hours)
  • EDFN 7302 Intro to Program Evaluation (3 credit hours)
  • EDFN 7304 Basic Statistics (3 credit hours)
  • EDFN 7308 Multicultural Education Trends & Issues (3 credit hours)
  • EDFN 7330 Human Development (3 credit hours)

Course Descriptions

Learning System Technology Education Courses

LSTE 7101, 7200, 7300 Independent Study
Designed to be variable in credit and emphasis depending on the interests of the learner and the expertise of the faculty member in the general area of Learning Systems Technology, primarily devoted to subjects of an evolving nature. One, two, and three credit hours.

LSTE 7101, 7201, 7301 Workshop in Learning Systems Technology
To meet special needs of students. Offered on demand. One, two, and three credit hours.

LSTE 7303 Foundations of eLearning
LSTE 7303 is the foundational course that explores the connections between educational psychology and the pedagogy of effective instruction in society. Instructional interventions and their potential improvement of society through the application of eLearning tools are surveyed. Three credit hours.

LSTE 7304 eLearning Environment and Education
LSTE 7304 explores technology-based eLearning environments within a framework that aligns purpose, pedagogy, and assessment practices. Candidates will learn how to identify the correct technological tools based on the learning activity. Develop pedagogical practices that support the use of the tool(s) identified, and align assessment practices that correctly measure the desired learning outcomes. Three credit hours.

LSTE 7305 Survey of Computer-based Learning Systems
Prerequisite: LSTE 7303. Applications of microcomputers in the educational setting; includes parameters of microcomputers, standard and predicted uses in instruction. Offered all terms. Three credit hours.

LSTE 7306 Digital Photography and Learning Systems
Prerequisite: LSTE 7303. Concepts, theoretical foundations for production, use of still photography in the educational process; students photograph, process, arrange pictures for instructional applications. Three hours lecture/demonstration. Offered in fall and summer I. Three credit hours.

LSTE 7307 Research in Human-Technology Interaction
Candidates will participate in a broad graduate-level introductory course of HTI research. The course begins with seminal work on interactive systems and moves through current and future research areas in interaction techniques and the design, prototyping, and evaluation of user interfaces. Three credit hours.

LSTE 7308 Digital Television and Learning Systems
Prerequisite: LSTE 7306. Concepts, theoretical foundations for production, use of instructional television, videotape in the educational process; students write, produce five instructional units in video delivery system format. Three hours lecture/demonstration. Offered in spring and summer II. Three credit hours.

LSTE 7309 Administration of Learning Systems Technology
Prerequisites: LSTE 7303, 7305, 7310, 7320. Problems, responsibilities in establishment, maintenance, improvement of educational media services in public schools, colleges, businesses, industries, medical professions. Offered in spring and summer II. Three credit hours.

LSTE 7310 Systematic Integration of Technology in Learning Systems
Prerequisites: LSTE 7303, 7305; EDFN 7313, 7314. Production, application of interactive instructional units where the microcomputer is the controlling medium for such peripherals as laser disk players and CD-ROM units. Three credit hours.

LSTE 7311 Introduction to Instructional Design
Prerequisites: LSTE 7303 and 7304 with grades of B or better. This course introduces students to the fundamentals of instructional design through a theory to practice model of education. Candidates will learn the systems approach to instructional design, the basics of this design process, and its conceptual framework. A project-based elearning approach will give students the opportunity to apply a systems approach to instructional design and experience a full cycle of the decision-making process. Three credit hours.

LSTE 7313 Perception, Meaning, and Messages
Prerequisite: LSTE 7311. This course focuses on introducing candidates to the basics of message design through perception and learning theory, as well as computer mediated communication. This course engages candidates in a critical and analytical exploration of the media and how its messages influence American culture and society. Candidates will study such theories as motivation and perception in order to be able to design appropriate instructional messages through various forms of media such as film, visual art, television, music, mass media, web-based media, and literature. The course is designed to provide candidates an opportunity to critique, design, and evaluate digital media through case-study analysis. Three credit hours.

LSTE 7315 Instructional Design: Accessible and Universal
Prerequisite: LSTE 7311. This course focuses on the creation of structures and programs that can be used by all people. This course provides an introduction to the concept of Universal Design and presents the history, principles, and progress of Universal Design as it applies to the designer, developer, and consumer. Candidates will participate in a project-based learning approach that requires the design of instructional software, which illustrates the definition of Universal Design, its major concepts, and guidelines for each of its principles. Three credit hours.

LSTE 7316 Applied Theories of Instructional Design
Prerequisite: LSTE 7311. This course emphasizes the translation theory of instructional systems design. This class integrates foundational theories of instructional design with systems theory, communication theory, learning theories, and instructional theories in the development of technology-based learning materials. Three credit hours.

LSTE 7317 Mobile Learning Environments
Candidates in LSTE 7317 develop technical, instructional, and design skills to create effective interactive educational programs for a mobile learning environment. The course applies basic principles of mobile learning to just-in-time training environments that provide ample opportunity for team building and collaboration. Management, development, and creation of mobile learning content are discussed. Three credit hours.

LSTE 7320 Intranet and Internet Learning Systems
Prerequisite: LSTE 7303, 7305. New media technologies, application to education; emphasis on instructional use of cable television, videotext, facsimile, satellites, optical disc, interactive video, microforms, data bases. Offered in fall and summer. Three credit hours.

LSTE 7325 Assessment in Learning Systems Technology
Prerequisites: LSTE 7303, EDFN 7313, EDFN 7314. This course presents a variety of strategies for assessment of learning by examining the purposes for collecting student achievement data, measurement, concerns in technology rich environments, and practical interpretations and applications of assessment data. Three credit hours.

LSTE 7329 Trends in eLearning
Prerequisite: LSTE 7311. LSTE 7329 explores trends in eLearning for instructional purposes, including but not limited to gaming and simulations. The class includes the analysis of the appropriate kinds of activities to support different learning outcomes and the demonstration and discussion of how instruction and assessments align. Three credit hours.

LSTE 7330 Distance Learning Systems Technology
Prerequisites: LSTE 7303, LSTE 7305, EDFN 7313, EDFN 7314. This course presents the current choices in what is termed “distance education.” The creation of at least one course to be delivered via one of the major distance learning strategies will be required. Three credit hours.

LSTE 7350 Internship
Prerequisites: all required program courses. Students work 150 clock hours at a professional instructional media site (public school, industry, business, etc.) for practical on-the-job experiences in the three major specialty areas of instructional program development, media product development, and media management. Three credit hours.

LSTE 7360 Seminar
Prerequisite: LSTE 7303. Trends, problems of current, emerging technology pertaining to instruction. Offered on demand. Three credit hours.

Interdepartmental Courses

EDFN 7302 Introduction to Program Evaluation
Covers select models of summative and formative evaluation with a focus on social science methods of inquiry for the purpose of evaluating programs in education, government and non-profit agencies, the health professions, and the military. Topics include organizational goals, models of program evaluation, accountability evidence, research methods and techniques, data-driven decisions, justifying conclusions, and report writing with clarity. Students will design a program evaluation that attends to diversity, sensitivity, and has value to a broad range of stakeholders. Three credit hours.

EDFN 7303 Introduction to Educational Research
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Introduction to applied research in education across the major quantitative, qualitative, and action research traditions. Focus is on understanding the research process and its integrated components and evaluating published research reports from the perspective of a critical consumer. Topics include scientific reasoning, types of variables and hypotheses; sampling; data collection and instrumentation; control procedures; common experimental, non-experimental, qualitative, and mixed methods research designs; data analysis; and research critiques and proposals. Three credit hours.

EDFN 7304 Basic Statistics
Introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics used in education and data-driven decision making. Topics include commonly used descriptive statistics, exploratory data analysis, standardized scores, inferential reasoning, hypothesis testing, and parametric and nonparametric procedures and their assumptions including t-tests, one-way analysis of variance, correlation coefficients, bivariate regression, and chi-square. Emphasis is on understanding the logical bases of statistical tests of significance, selecting appropriate data analysis techniques, and using statistical software and interpreting its output. Three credit hours.

EDFN 7308 Multicultural Education Trends and Issues
Multicultural education movement in the U.S., selected western industrial nations; includes historical development, goals, implementation. Three credit hours.

EDFN 7313 Learning Theory and Instructional Applications
Major theories of human learning and psychological principles of learning for instruction, including systematic instructional design and models of effective instruction; contemporary issues with implications for practice. Three credit hours.

EDFN 7314 Cognition and Instruction
Prerequisite: EDFN 7313. Exploration of recent developments in cognition and the implications for instructional practices resulting from theory and research in cognitive psychology. Three credit hours.

EDFN 7330 Human Development
Prerequisite: graduate standing. A lifespan perspective that addresses cognitive, physical, social and emotional development from birth through late adulthood. Special emphasis on developmental factors that affect schooling (P-12). Three credit hours.

EDFN 7370 Educational Assessment
Assessment, evaluation; role of measurement in education and human service agencies; psychometric properties of norm- referenced and criterion-referenced tests; construction of test items with specialized considerations for atypical populations such as young children, culturally different, and those with exceptionalities; use and interpretation of standardized tests in educational settings. Three credit hours.

RHET 5304 Technical Style and Editing
Prerequisites: RHET 3301 and RHET 3316 or RHET 3326, or consent of instructor. Institutional and industrial style manuals; editing technical, business, government, scientific reports. Three credit hours.

RHET 5375 Grant Writing
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Survey, theory, and practice of grant writing (solicited and non-solicited) and the philanthropic sector. Topics include, but are not limited to, finding and researching a foundation, finding and using resources for each stage of the grant writing process, developing a problem statement, creating objectives and goals, creating a budget, and working with foundations. Three credit hours.


The Master of Education in Learning Systems Technology (LSTE) degree program is designed to align with the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for Teachers and Administrators set forth by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

Resources such as the ISTE standards and various forms pertinent to the program such as the LSTE Program Checklist which is filled out and signed by the student and the advisor after the student has completed 12-15 hours in the program in order to “fix” the program plan for that particular student. For more information visit the ISTE website.

National Educational Technology Standards (NETS)

The National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) are the standards for learning, teaching, and leading in the digital age which are widely recognized and adopted worldwide.
“The NETS set a standard of excellence and best practices in learning, teaching, and leading with technology in education. The benefits of using the NETS include:

  • Improving higher-order thinking skills, such as problem solving, critical thinking and creativity
  • Preparing students for their future in a competitive global job market
  • Designing student-centered, project-based, and online learning environments
  • Guiding systematic change in our schools to create digital places of learning
  • Inspiring digital age professional models for working, collaborating, and decision making”


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