Midland University - Fremont, Ne

Master of Science: Learning & Talent Development

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The Master of Science in Learning & Talent Development (MS-LTD) program offers those who teach, train, coach, and mentor adults in a variety of community, corporate, and educational settings the opportunity to advance their professional practice through the development of leadership skills and hands-on experiences. Students learn to identify the training needs of an organization, design effective and engaging trainings for adult learners, maximize the use of current technologies, and evaluate the impact of instruction.  This program includes a final capstone project that provides hands-on experience designing a training program for the workplace.


Master of Science in Learning and Talent Development graduates will be prepared to:

  • Identify individual and organizational learning needs in communities and organizations
  • Evaluate and apply relevant evidence-based research to strengthen leadership skills
  • Employ ethical decision-making and sensitivity to diverse learning populations and contexts
  • Facilitate adult and organizational learning opportunities by utilizing multiple instructional strategies in a variety of learning environments
  • Design, deliver, and evaluate organizational learning programs

The first step in applying to Midland University is the online application. Here, you will start to tell us more about your background, and you will create a login to upload all your supporting documents and see your admissions status at any point.

Online Application
MS- LTD pplicants should complete the graduate application.

You will begin by creating an account and verifying it via email. The online application will then ask for your contact information, details about your employment and academic history, and two references (one must be an academic reference). Once you have submitted this information, you’ll be asked to upload the personal statement described below and transcripts from your previous institutions.

Once all of the above are received, you will interview with the director of the program, Dr. Jamie Simpson, either virtually or in-person.


  • Spring start: January 1
  • Summer start: May 15
  • Fall start: August 1

Please reach out to your advisor or to with any questions.

Personal Statement

Applicants should submit a personal statement to help us get to know you and understand why you are interested in earning your Master of Science at Midland, focusing on your graduate degree.  It should address the topics below in approximately two pages.

  • Why are you interested in pursuing a Master of Science: Learning & Talent Development degree? How will a MS-LTD degree help advance your personal and professional interests? 
  • What personal and professional attributes make you a strong candidate for this academic program?
  • How will other MS-LTD students benefit from your background, experiences and values? 


Required Core

AOL 501 Foundations of Evidence-Based Learning 
AOL 540 Strengths-Based Leadership
AOL 541 Understanding the Adult Learner
AOL 542 Diverse Learning Context
AOL 543 Organizational Learning Strategies 
AOL 612 Leadership Theory & Application
AOL 641 Facilitation Adult & Organizational Learning
AOL 644 Program Design, Administration, & Evaluation
AOL 690 Training Program Capstone

Areas of Emphasis

AOL 544 Cultural Foundations of Adult Learning
AOL 642 Building Individual Learning Capacity
AOL 645 Coaching & Mentoring in Learning Environments
AOL 649 Instructional Design & Technology

Course Descriptions

Required Core (27 Credits)

AOL 501 Foundations of Evidence-Based Learning: This course is designed to provide an introduction to seeking and applying evidence based approaches to learning. Emphasis is placed on providing students with a strong foundation for evaluating research and applying findings through readings, discussion, and evaluation/application exercises.

AOL 540 Strengths-Based Leadership: As leadership is at the very heart of Midland University’s Master of Science: Adult and Organizational Learning program, students will take this course to explore:  1.) their own strengths as indicated by the StrengthsFinder®  assessment, and 2.) how to best utilize these strengths in both an individual and organizational leadership role. AOL 540 will introduce a variety of models and theories of leadership that are applicable to a variety of educational settings. Students will also develop their own personal leadership philosophy statement regarding adult and organizational learning.

AOL 541 Understanding the Adult Learner: Due to a variety of complex forces, adult learning occurs very differently than does learning as a child.  Students in this course will be introduced to the foundational theories and theorists of adult learning as well as an overview of the historical development of adult learning as a professional field. NOTE:  AOL 541 is a prerequisite for most Adult and Organizational Learning courses, except AOL 511, AOL 540, AOL 542, AOL 543, AOL 544, AOL 611, and AOL 691.  

AOL 542 Diverse Learning Context: This course explores the multi-faceted ways that diversity impacts educational practices.  Students enrolled in AOL 542 will gain an understanding of the many ways that diversity intersects with adult learner needs in multicultural, multilingual, special needs, gifted and talented, at-risk, gendered, and socio-economic classrooms, communities, and organizations.  

AOL 543 Organizational Learning Strategies: Successful leadership in adult and organizational learning is connected to knowing one's own strengths and identifying the strengths of other in order to accomplish a given task. This course introduces students to the dynamic world of organizational structure, relations, behavior, and learning contexts. Students will gain a better understanding of the constituents involved with learning in organizational contexts as well as identifying aspects of team composition necessary to accomplish complex and multi-faceted learning tasks within these environments. Insights into an organization's capacity to learn, and capacity to influence the organizational learning process, will also be explored.

AOL 612 Leadership Theory & Application: The goal of this course is to enhance your leadership and improve your ability to lead with purpose. Learning will occur through the review of literature and through participation in hands on exercises, case studies, simulations, role play activities and online workshops. You’ll be provided with strategies and techniques to effectively lead, collaborate, tap into and mobilize the motivation and energy of various stakeholders, diagnose and navigate complex team/organizational dynamics and influence sustainable change within the organization.

AOL 641 Facilitation Adult & Organizational Learning: Teaching adults is not like teaching children.  Adults learn differently and so the methods used to teach adults must also be different. Students taking this course will explore a variety of teaching and facilitation philosophies and methods that reach adult learners in many different settings. Pre-req:  AOL 541 Foundations of Adult Learning

AOL 644 Program Design, Administration, & Evaluation: AOL 644 prepares students to design, administer, and evaluate learning programs at both the individual and organizational level. Topics covered in this course include collaborating with stakeholders, effectively planning and administering programs, and using The Program Evaluation Standards to assess and evaluate the success of learning programs. Pre-req:  AOL 541 Foundations of Adult Learning

AOL 690 Training Program Capstone: In this course students will use the skills and knowledge developed throughout the program to complete an action project. Students will work with an identified organization to assess learning needs then plan, design, deliver, and evaluate a learning program. Students will present a summary and evaluation of a project to internal and external audiences. Prerequisites: At least 12 credits of Organizational Learning coursework.

Areas of Emphasis (6 Credits)

Students will form an area of concentration by choosing 6 credits from the areas below:

Coaching & Mentoring

AOL 544 Cultural Foundations of Adult Education: This elective course examines the philosophical, sociological, and cultural foundations of adult education and learning opportunities in local, national, and global contexts.  Students will explore how adult education opportunities have evolved to meet a particular community’s needs as well as compare and contrast the varying benefits and challenges.  

AOL 642 Building Individual Learning Capacity: While many formal adult learning opportunities occur within a group setting, many informal adult learning opportunities are based in a one-to-one relationship between learner and facilitator.  AOL 642 explores the interpersonal dynamics that impact the learner-facilitator relationship.  Students enrolled in this course will examine the structure and outcomes of individual adult learning opportunities through communication, education, and psychological concepts. Pre-req:  AOL 541 Foundations of Adult Learning

Adult Education

AOL 645 Coaching and Mentoring in Learning Environments: Students enrolled in AOL 645 will gain a better understanding of how to coach and mentor adults to learn more effectively and grow professionally.  The impact of personality, psychology and group dynamics on teaching and learning as well as different theories of coaching and mentoring will be explored in depth. Students will identify their own coaching and mentoring philosophy and style as well as how to adapt that philosophy and style to a variety of learning environments. Pre-req:  AOL 541 Foundations of Adult Learning.

AOL 649 Instructional Design and Technology: This course will examine the current trends, influences, and expectations for the development, implementation, and assessment of curriculum. Consideration is given to negotiating between the sometimes competing interests of standards, assessments, skills currency, technology, multiple feedback sources, and media selection. Students will also have multiple opportunities to analyze educational resources, understand instructional design processes, and explore technological options for learning including social media. Pre-req:  AOL 541 Foundations of Adult Learning

Costs & Aid
Costs & Aid

Midland University understands that the decision to earn your Master of Science degree represents a serious investment of time and money. The programs offered provide invaluable experience and is an investment that will quickly repay itself. 

Our admissions and financial aid counselors are here to help make going back to school as painless and affordable as possible. We encourage you to contact us for more information about resources that are available to you at or 402-941-6519.

Student Loans

Graduate students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may qualify for Federal subsidized and un-subsidized student loans. All students interested in applying for student loans should complete the FAFSA and enter Midland's Title IV Code: 002553. The application can be found here. For a paper copy, call 800-4FED-AID to request one to be mailed to you.


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Additional costs not included in Tuition and fees:

  • Books and course materials
  • Personal computer (Microsoft Office Student Edition will be made available to all students)
  • Fees associated with application and/or testing for a certification
Map & Directions
Map & Directions

Classes for Midland's Master of Science: Learning and Talent Development may be held at either our Fremont Campus or our Omaha location at 11213 Davenport St., Suite 100.

Fremont Campus

Omaha location

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