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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.

What is Instructional Design?

Instructional design is the process of determining the needs of a learner, identifying the material they need to acquire, and then designing a learning plan that caters to their needs through various instructional solutions. These instructional solutions can come in the form of digital or physical products and experiences. Instructional designers build, develop, and deliver instructional products and experiences for classrooms and even corporations. Learn more about what instructional design is by reading our blog.

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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.
  • Justify design decisions through effective communication in visual, oral, and written form.

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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. Learn more about your specific instructional design courses below.

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.)

Emphases for Instructional Design

An emphasis provides you with additional opportunities to broaden and enrich your education that is distinct from and enhances your major. It may be taken as a way to expand career options, to prepare for graduate study, or simply to explore in greater depth an area different from your major. An emphasis consists of three (3), three (3) credit courses. Choose from the following emphases:

Cognitive Studies

Environmental Management & Sustainability

Public Administration

Public Relations

Web & Mobile App Technology

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 and instructional design.

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 higher education, corporate, government, military, and non-profit sectors. If you want to work in education, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the employment of Training and Development Specialists is projected to grow 9 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. As more employees in a variety of occupations are required to take courses to develop their skills, the demand for professionals who can lead these trainings has increased. Take a look at your potential instructional design career options below.

Instructional Design Careers

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Are you currently a licensed RN?

This program requires you to be a current licensed registered nurse. Please check out other programs to reach your education goals such as the BA in Health and Wellness.

How do you Become an Instructional Designer?

Most instructional designers hold a least a bachelor’s degree in the field, as it can be a critical first step to becoming an instructional designer. They are constantly updating their skills and knowledge in order to stay up to date with the field’s latest trends, technology updates, and learning management systems (LMS). Whether you have prior experience as an educator, trainer or you are completely new to the profession, pursuing your degree can be a rewarding endeavor while being an important steppingstone as you prepare your move into instructional design. If becoming an instructional designer is your goal, it’s important to take in to consideration that school districts and universities often require a master’s degree in instructional design and technology. Companies looking to hire instructional designers to focus on things like employee training, or technology tutorials, often place more value on relevant work experience. At the end of the day, it’s important to determine the kind of work do you want to do, as this can determine how far you take your education.

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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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Are you currently a licensed RN?

This program requires you to be a current licensed registered nurse. Please check out other programs to reach your education goals such as the BA in Health and Wellness.