Careers in Instructional Design
E-learning is becoming more popular. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts job growth (5-8% growth) in this decade. Schools and corporations recognize the need to provide learners with more choices in their learning environments. Professionals in all industries are concerned with teaching and training employees and customers. An instructional designer could work in K-12, higher education, corporate, government, military, and non-profit sectors. A degree in Instructional Design could be your key to any of these career fields:
- Curriculum Development
- Technology Resources
- Desktop Publishing
- Corporate Education Training
- Human Resources
- Textbook Development
- Training and Development
- Adult Basic Education
- Career Education
Ashford University’s Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology aims to prepare you for roles in which you will develop educational experiences for students of all ages. Professionals with instructional design skills are also sought out by businesses and organizations to create impactful training programs for employees. Some of the careers successful graduates may pursue include:
- Instructional Designer
- Instructional Design Manager
- Learning & Development Specialist
- Learning Development Strategist
- Media Collections Director
- Technical Services Specialist
- Training & Development Specialist
Discover more information about degree programs in education at Ashford University.
The Bachelor of Arts in Instructional Design and the Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology are not CAEP**, TEAC or NCATE accredited, which is a requirement for certification in some states, and successful completion of either degree does not by itself lead to certification or licensure in any state. 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 states’ 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).