Purdue University offers a strong foundation of tradition and history, an environment of intellectual curiosity and discovery, and a supportive, student-centered approach to learning. Founded in 1869 as a land-grant school, the University is known today for its prolific faculty as well as a record of distinguished research and achievement in aerospace, engineering, technology, science, and math. Our goal is to educate and develop men and women of personal integrity and scholarly excellence.

The staff and faculty at Purdue bring the same commitment to discovery and learning that is present on the University's campuses, with rigorous, intellectually stimulating course work and personal support to help students succeed.

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Purdue University


West Lafayette



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Semesters beginning in August and January, Summer Session beginning in May


Purdue University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413


The programs offered by Purdue University's College of Education are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Master of Science in Education in Learning Design and Technology

The curriculum of the online master's degree in learning design and technology includes cutting-edge learning theory, educational technology, and instructional development to give students a strong foundation in this exciting and developing field. The online program covers concepts in instructional design and technology that can be adapted to the training needs of any environment. Students will learn how to integrate pedagogy and technology for maximum learning impact while using their own professional experience to put theory into action. Career opportunities exist anywhere that people need to be taught and trained, but are particularly numerous in K-12 and higher education, corporate training and development settings, health care and the military.

The online MS in Education in Learning Design at Purdue University requires a total of 33 credit hours, including 27 credit hours of required courses and six credit hours of electives. Features of the curriculum include:

Master of Science in Communication
Amplify your message and expand its reach with Purdue University’s online Master of Science in Communication degree program. Clear, powerful and concise communication is vital in today’s technology-driven world. As new avenues for communication emerge, it is paramount that practitioners thoroughly understand both quantitative and qualitative communication methodologies as this will prepare them for success. Purdue University’s online MS in Communication program builds upon your critical-thinking and strategic communication skills, empowering you to amplify your messaging strategy across international, national and local platforms.

The online MS in Communication at Purdue University requires 30 credit hours and readies graduates to:

Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication Management
Purdue University’s online Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication Management offers an overview of strategic communication in the context of global organizations and how to apply these practices to address organizational crises. The Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication Management is for professionals who desire the communication and theory skills associated with effective, strategic communication.

Master of Science in Education in Special Education
The online M.S. Ed. in Special Education program sees the entire education landscape and combines practical experience with the latest breakthroughs and technology. You will learn new ways to nurture a modern classroom and ensure that students at every skill level succeed.

The Online Master of Science in Education in Special Education at Purdue University focuses on mild intervention and is available in three different tracks:

  • Master’s only (30 credit hours): Intended for those who are seeking knowledge in the area of special education. No practicum is required; an additional elective course is taken in its place.
  • Master’s with initial special education licensure (34 credit hours): Intended for those who are seeking a master’s degree as well as a first teaching license. Includes practicum and student teaching field experiences.
  • Master’s with advanced special education licensure (30 credit hours): Intended for those who already have initial (teaching) licensure. Includes a practicum.


The program will help you:

  • Prepare for licensure in the area of mild intervention in the state of Indiana through a program with a 100% pass rate*.
  • Infuse technology in the classroom to enhance the learning experience of students with disabilities.
  • Take advantage of the latest research in the classroom.
  • Explore learning that is practical, applied and evidence based.

  • *For licensing and state reciprocity information, please request information for details.

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