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U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan

September 18, 2015 - Mr. Duncan hears how to make learning more effective using educational technology.

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Challenge your limits!

Learn how to employ evidence-based research to create innovations in learning.

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Bror Saxbeg - CLO Kaplan

"The world needs more learning engineers"

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METALS Career Placement was 100% again!

Demand for Instructional Designers Continues to Grow

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Masters of Educational Technology and Applied Learning Science (METALS)

METALS is a one-year, interdisciplinary masters program that trains graduate students to apply evidence-based research in learning to create effective instruction and educational technologies within formal and informal settings such as schools, workplaces, and museums. The professional program culminates with a seven-month capstone project for an external client. Guided by industry and faculty mentors in this team-based research and development project, students experience the end-to-end process of a product cycle from idea through prototyping. The METALS program is a union of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute and the Department of Psychology which brings significant value to the program.  We strongly believe that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, and that we can all learn from each other. As such, many of the degrees offered by Carnegie Mellon are interdisciplinary. In that regard, METALS is not unique. However, METALS not only intersects Psychology and HCII but it is at the crossroads of cognitive science, statistics, computer science, education and design. To understand how people learn, our students are trained in applying cognitive science methods to map learning objectives to sub-objectives and finally to well-designed instructional activities. We need to collect and analyze student progress. To do that our students learn how to use statistics to analyze extremely large data sets. These analyses drive continuous improvement. To create effective online educational courseware, our students need to understand at least the basics of tutor creation. We teach our students to use software engineering techniques to create these tutors. We teach our students how to design an appropriate curriculum using the latest theories. Click here to watch our virtual open house and question and answer session.

METALS graduates are trained to be:

  • Learning Engineers
  • Instructional Designers and Evaluators
  • Curriculum Developers
  • Project Managers
  • Educational Technology Consultants
  • UX Designers
  • Entrepreneurs

METALS alumni are employed by:

  • Pearson
  • IBM
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Carnegie Learning
  • DSO National Laboratories
  • TiER1 Performance Solutions
  • among others…

Application Deadline: December 15


Students with backgrounds in computer science, design, psychology, education, or business are encouraged to apply.