Instructional Design (MS)

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The Master of Science in Instructional Design is a 30-credit degree designed to prepare professionals to develop, design, implement, and assess a wide variety of multimedia instructional materials. It is also designed to meet the increasing need for high quality instruction in the academic, business, government, and public sectors. This program consists of course work in areas such as educational technology, digital literacies, differentiation, applications of learning theories, and assessment, paired with electives in select disciplines, culminating in a capstone project.

Admission to the Program

The application process is managed by the Center for Graduate Studies.

There is no single factor or test score to determine student admission to the Master of Science in Education. However, a bachelor's degree is required, with an expected GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Data used to reach an admissions decision include:

  • An online graduate application with the student's written objective for entering the program;
  • All undergraduate and graduate transcripts; and
  • One professional reference
  • Professional resume

After reviewing these data, the Department of Education faculty discusses all information regarding each applicant. The decision to accept or deny an applicant lies wholly within the jurisdiction of the department.

Program Requirements

Students must meet the College's standards for graduate study.

Required Courses (24 credits):

  • EDI 508 Differentiation
  • EDI 517 Instructional Design Theories
  • EDI 581 Technology for Learning
  • EDI 603 Assessment & Evaluation
  • EDI 620 Learning Theories for Instructional Design
  • EDI 621 Applications of Instructional Design
  • EDI 729 Critical Approaches to Digital Literacies
  • EDI 743 Instructional Design Capstone

Elective Courses (6 credits):

Students will select two graduate (500+ level) courses with their program advisor.
These electives can be in any field of study relevant to student background, professional goals, or interest.
EDI options include: EDI 513, EDI 530, EDI 536, & EDI 550.
WMS options include WMS 509, WMS 511 & WMS 570.
PBH options include PBH 650. 
EDC options include EDC 604, EDC 606, EDC 612, EDC 614, EDC 617, EDC 523, EDC 692 & EDC 696.

Total Credits (30 credits)

Student Learning Outcomes

The student learning outcomes for this program are aligned to the standards for Students from the International Society for Technology in Education, and the individual courses will address those standards, in addition to meeting the SLOs below:

  1. Students will curate and evaluate a variety of resources utilizing digital tools to construct knowledge and produce artifacts.
  2. Students will understand and use a variety of technologies in the instructional design process.
  3. Students will build knowledge, develop and employ strategies for understanding and solving problems with technological methods.
  4. Students will communicate and express themselves creatively and clearly using platforms, tools and digital media.
  5. Students will collaborate with others both locally and globally utilizing digital tools to solve problems.
  6. Students will understand the rights and responsibilities of working in a digital world and demonstrate actions that are safe, legal and ethical.