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Online Master’s
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Create a bold impact on learning, teaching and training for professionals.

Generate excitement, impart knowledge and help elevate knowledge and learning within your field. When you harness best instructional practices, you’ll create a memorable, impactful learning experience for professionals.

With your Master of Arts in Applied Learning and Instruction from UCF Online, you will explore modern psychological theories, principles of human learning and motivation, and cutting-edge research. You’ll emerge from the program ready to create positive and engaging learning experiences for adult learners.

UCF Online is for passionate people who believe in meaningful change. We offer one of the top online master’s programs in applied learning and instruction, and we support you every step of the way with our dedicated success coaches. Designed for students with diverse backgrounds, we’ll tailor your learning experience to your specific needs and interests. With a thesis and a non-thesis track, you can earn your degree in as little as two years. As a graduate, you will be prepared to become a powerful instructor and energize professional learners. Get started today.

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Designed to prepare students for a range of occupational settings, including education, government and industry
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Choose from a wide range of specialization courses to best suit your needs and area of interest
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Thesis and non-thesis tracks available

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Course Requirements

In order to earn your Master of Arts in Applied Learning and Instruction, you’ll need to complete 33 credit hours of study beyond the bachelor’s degree.

Number of Core Classes

In order to earn your Applied Learning and Instruction, MA you’ll need to complete 15 credit hours of core courses. In addition to your core courses, you’ll need to take 12 credit hours of specilization electives.

Thesis Vs Nonthesis Option

Students can choose from a thesis or nonthesis option to complete this program. Students interested in the thesis option will take six credit hours in EDF 6971. Students not interested in a thesis can instead earn at least 6 credits from EDP 6936 – Capstone in Applied Learning and Instruction.

Courses You’ll Take Include

This course provides you with the opportunity to review and critique research literature, understand the use of library resources for educational research and receive an introduction to the concepts of research design and data analysis.

Learn about research in childhood, adolescent and adult development relevant to contemporary American education through an emphasis on application of theory to educational practice.

Human Intelligence

Examine the theory and research on human intelligence and its relation to learning and cognitive performance with emphasis on implications for educational and workplace settings in this specialization course.

Skills You’ll Gain

  • Know what motivates people to learn.
  • Gain the understanding of development in children and adults.
  • Improve your critical thinking to solve instructional problems.
Explore the full course list within the program brochure.

Career Opportunities

This program will help you develop the knowledge and skills needed to excel in your field. The skills gained from this program combined with your professional experience will enable you to grow within your field. The online MA in Applied Learning and Instruction program is designed to help you develop the knowledge and skills needed to excel in these expansive fields.


Job Postings for the Applied Behavior Analysis field in 2020


Job Growth in the Applied Behavior Analysis field between 2020 and 2030


Median Salary for the Applied Behavior Analysis field

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Job Titles

  • Consultant
  • Education Consultant
  • Evaluator
  • Instructor
  • Researcher

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Why UCF Online?

With over 25 years of experience in online teaching and learning, UCF Online offers students an innovative approach to education. Our degrees are accessible, convenient and designed with working professionals in mind so you can receive a quality education on your terms.

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Online Support for Success

You’ve made the decision to continue your education and we’re here to help. From the moment you express interest in a UCF Online program, you’re assigned an enrollment coach to help you navigate everything from completing an application to understanding tuition and the financial aid resources available to you. Once you’re admitted, you’ll be transitioned to a personal success coach who will support you with maintaining school-life balance from the first day of classes through graduation. You’ve committed to furthering your education and we’re committed to guiding you along the way.

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