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Bachelor of Arts in Instructional Design

Become a learning architect and discover the connections between thinking, learning, technology, and practical applications in the workplace. With your instructional design degree from Ashford University, you will synthesize learning theory with models for instructional design. Develop expertise in instructional design theories, practices, and technologies through realistic projects. The instructional design program will prepare you to serve in the global education economy where instructional designers are in demand.

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What you will learn

Ashford’s degree in instructional design prepares you to design training and instruction for online, place-based, and blended learning environments. Based on the Instructional Designer Competencies of the International Board of Standards for Training and Performance Improvement (IBSTPI), the Instructional Design Bachelor’s degree program ensures you are prepared to serve in the global education economy where instructional designers are in demand. Upon completion of the instructional design bachelor program, you will be able to:

  • Design instructional and training interventions and assessments for online, place-based, and blended delivery
  • Apply the results of learning, task, performance, and other analyses to the design of training and instruction
  • Apply evaluations of technologies for developing, delivering, and assessing instructional design and training interventions
  • Distinguish how different principles and theories of learning, design, and assessment influence design processes and outcomes
  • Develop plans to manage collaborative processes and participants typically involved in an instructional design project
  • Respond appropriately to ethical, legal, and political factors influencing instructional design projects for diverse learners and contexts

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Your Courses in Instructional Design

Chart your future with your Bachelor of Arts in Instructional Design. Your online instructional design courses include everything you need to know, from learning theory and studies in assessment, to adult learning and virtual collaboration.

Introductory Courses
To help students acclimate to the online classroom, you may be required to complete Introductory Course requirements. Learn more about Introductory Courses.

Major Course Requirements (39 credits, all courses are 3 credits.)

BA in Instructional Design

Discover Ashford’s degree in instructional design. In this video, Dr. Iris Lafferty, Associate Dean for the College of Education, explains what you can expect to learn during this degree program and how it will prepare you for a rewarding career in education.

Careers in Instructional Design

When graduating with this instructional design degree, you can be ready to create and deliver high-tech instruction for varied education and corporate learning environments. An instructional designer could work in K-12, higher education, corporate, government, military, and non-profit sectors. Take a look at your potential instructional design career options below.

Instructional Design Careers

Instructional Design at Ashford (IDA) Student Organization


This forum is open to all individuals interested in discussions about instructional design across all sectors. Join the online LinkedIn club for Instructional Design students.

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