Dr. Iris Lafferty discusses Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Instructional Design, which she oversees as the program’s Chair. Dr. Lafferty holds two Master's degrees and a Doctorate in Education from Harvard University, and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from University of California, San Diego. Read her full bio.
Chart your future. With your Bachelor of Arts in Instructional Design from Ashford University, you will synthesize learning theory with models for instructional design. Create and deliver high-tech instruction for e-learning in online environments.
The Bachelor of Arts in Instructional Design allows you to explore online education, learning technology, text book design, and curriculum development. You will apply universal design principles to instruction, analyze research and trends in the field of instructional design, and develop instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners.
An online degree from Ashford University does not lead to immediate teacher licensure in any state. If you want to become a classroom teacher, contact your state's education authorities prior to enrolling at Ashford to determine what state-specific requirements you must complete before obtaining your teacher's license. Ashford graduates will be subject to additional requirements on a state-by-state basis that will include one or more of the following: student teaching or practicum experience, additional coursework, additional testing, or, if the state requires a specific type of degree to seek alternative certification, earning an additional degree. None of Ashford's online education programs are CAEP*, TEAC or NCATE accredited, which is a requirement for certification in some states. Other factors, such as a student’s criminal history, may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure or employment in this field of study. All prospective students are advised to visit the Education Resource Organizations Directory (EROD) and to contact the licensing body of the state where they are licensed or intend to obtain licensure to verify that these courses qualify for teacher certification, endorsement, and/or salary benefits in that state prior to enrolling. Prospective students are also advised to regularly review the state’s policies and procedures relating to licensure as those policies are subject to change.
* The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is the resulting entity from the merger of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Alabama Students: Contact the Teacher Education and Certification Division of the Alabama State Department of Education at 334-353-8567 or www.alsde.edu to verify that these programs qualify for teacher certification, endorsement, and/or salary benefits. State authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P-12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama certificate. Applicants for an Alabama certificate based on reciprocity must meet Alabama’s test requirements and submit a valid, renewable professional educator certificate/license issued by another state at the degree level, grade level, and in the teaching field or area of instructional support for which an Alabama certificate is sought and for which Alabama issues a certificate. Applicants for Alabama certification in an area of administration must also document at least three years of full-time employment as administrator in a P-12 school system(s). www.alsde.edu.
Georgia Students: An education degree offered through Ashford University's online modality does not lead to teacher licensure in the state of Georgia. In Georgia, an alternative route to certification is not available
Hawaii Students: An education degree offered through Ashford University's online modality does not lead to teacher licensure in the state of Hawaii. In Hawaii, an alternative route to certification is not available.
If this program fits your personal and professional goals, contact Ashford University at 866.711.1700 to learn more, or request additional information.