The MAEd Instructional Design for Learning enables students to pursue a degree in this growing field. With the need and desire for online and remote learning on the rise, the instructional designer’s role is crucial in providing consistent, engaging, and aligned courses regardless of delivery method. Graduate work in instructional design can lead to teachers who can become instructional coordinators in schools, those with business backgrounds taking on additional training and development responsibilities, health science workers taking on training roles within clinical settings, and more. Instructional designers are needed in higher education as distance learning departments nationwide begin to scale their course development operations. The Occupational Outlook Handbook shows 6% growth until 2029 for instructional coordinators and 9% growth for training and development jobs, both above average. Inside Higher Ed stated in its April 24, 2020 article, “The Hottest Job in Higher Education: Instructional Designer” that instructional design needs have grown over 20% since 2004. Courses can be completed 100% online.
Required courses in Education Common Core (12 hours):
EDUC 502 Professional Writing (online every semester)
EDUC 507 Research Methods (online every semester)
EDUC 512 Assessment and Data Literacy (online every semester)
EDUC 581 Capstone (16-week course during Fall or Spring only, online)
Areas of Emphasis Instructional Design for Learning: Required 18 credit hours:
IDL 501 Foundations of Instructional Design
IDL 502 Instructional Design Across Industry
IDL 510 Instructional Design for Learner Engagement
IDL 511 Authoring Tools and Teaching Technology
IDL 520 Assessment and EvaluationIDL
IDL 521 Instructional Design Project Management
Total academic hours required for degree: 30
- Official transcripts of any bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, with a 2.5 GPA.
- Start the Program in January, March, May, June, August, or October