MS in Instructional Design Curriculum
To earn the master's degree, students must complete 30 credits of coursework, with a minimum GPA of 3.0. The sequence of courses is composed of required foundational courses, electives and the Capstone Experience.
15 credits (five courses), required for all candidates, focus on theoretical foundations of education and fundamentals of design. These courses include extensive exposure to research literature investigating the efficacy of media for educational applications, since it is the ability to understand and apply research that allows instructional designers to bridge the gap between theory and practice.
Individuals select an additional 12 credits (four courses), according to their own areas of interest. Topics include in-depth theoretical and practical aspects of producing educational resources (e.g., web design; design of online courses; video production; interactive digital media) with hands-on use of specific software applications. Other elective options explore the process of selecting, implementing and evaluating digital resources for instruction in a range of environments (K–12; higher education; industry and nonprofit organizations; informal learning, and creating accessible materials for individuals with diverse learning needs).
The required 3-credit (one course) capstone experience includes:
Career Exploration, including preparation of the resume and portfolio. Throughout their coursework, students select their best work to post on an electronic portfolio for critique; in the Capstone, they further refine the portfolio. Consistent with program objectives, this allows the student to demonstrate competence with a range of software applications and serves to present student work to prospective employers.
Introduction to Project Management. To develop effective instructional design projects, students need to understand the basics of project management. In some cases, instructional designers may even be asked to serve as project managers. This component of the Capstone explores the basics of project management and the terminology used in this field.
The Thesis Project. Each student chooses a topic of personal and/or professional interest, researches existing approaches to and resources for instruction on this topic, and prepares a proposal for the design of a learning resource. The proposal includes a needs analysis, design details and evaluation plan. The final step is the creation and presentation of a working prototype of the proposed resource. This project serves to demonstrate the candidate’s fluency with elements of an instructional design analysis as well as with the use of theory to inform design.
|Required Foundation Courses|
|Theoretical Foundations of Education:|
|IDN 525||Foundations of Instructional Design||3|
|IDN 526||Cognitive Science and Educational Design||3|
|IDN 527||Society, Culture and Learning||3|
|IDN 528||Collaborative Design of Digital Environments||3|
|IDN 529||Educational Media Design Lab||3|
|Production, Implementation & Evaluation:|
|Select 12 credits of the following:||12|
|Web Design for Instruction (3 credits)|
|Design of Interactive Educational Environments (3 credits)|
|Design and Development of Online Learning (3 credits)|
|Producing Educational Video and Digital Training (3 credits)|
|Implementing Digital Media for Learning (3 credits)|
|New Directions in Digital Environments for Learning (3 credits)|
|Independent Study (3 credits)|
|Designing and Utilizing Assistive Learning Technologies|
|IDN 550||Capstone Experience||3|