Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology
Instructional design has evolved beyond the classroom. A growing number of businesses across multiple industries look to instructional designers to create new standards for employee training and education. The online Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology – Competency-Based program at Ashford University will teach you how to use existing and emerging technology to develop impactful educational experiences for learners of all ages.
The Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology – Competency-Based program is currently open only to employees of Ashford University and Bridgepoint Education. It is not eligible for Title IV funding.
Six (6) projects equivalent to 36 credits
To be awarded the Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology degree, students in the Competency-Based program must complete six (6) projects that are equivalent to 36 credits. Students must earn a Pass Proficient or Pass Mastery grade in each project (equivalent to a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all coursework).
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 Residents: 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 professional educator or professional leadership certificate. Applicants who complete an educator preparation program at a non-Alabama institution must apply for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate through the Alabama Certificate Reciprocity Approach. Current requirements may be found at www.alsde.edu.
Georgia Residents: 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.
Iowa Residents: An education degree offered through Ashford University’s online modality does not lead to teacher licensure in the state of Iowa.
Kentucky Residents: Please be advised that although Ashford University College of Education offers a variety of programs aimed at preparing potential educators in diverse settings, our K-12 educator preparation programs are NOT accredited in Kentucky by the Education Professional Standards Board and are NOT recognized for initial, additional, or renewal of certification or salary enhancement (rank change) for K-12 educators in Kentucky. For more information, please visit the Education Professional Standards Board’s website at http://www.epsb.ky.gov/certification/outofstate.asp.
Washington Residents: This program is not intended to lead to teacher certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.
What you will learn:
The Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology program prepares you for ethical practice in the areas of effective learning analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation. Serving varied audiences in diverse educational settings, this program provides relevant connections between theoretical concepts and real world application, taking you through the rigors of the instructional design process as you design and develop learning/performance solutions to an identified problem or need, allowing you to tailor coursework to individual instructional design interests and incorporate the development and refinement of a work-ready ePortfolio throughout the program. As a graduate of this program, you will be able to:
- Apply fundamental research and communication skills into the instructional design process using instructional designer professional foundations
- Conduct comprehensive needs and instructional analyses as part of a learning project, including an examination of target populations, environmental and learning characteristics, instructional materials, and multi-media and adaptive technologies
- Create learning and performance solutions using learning theory, instructional design techniques, and strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners and purposes
- Implement and evaluate learning and performance solutions based on instructional design proposals and learning projects
- Model instructional designer management skills throughout the instructional design process
Careers in Instructional Design
When you graduate with your Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology, you will be prepared to create learning experiences for generations of students and training programs for businesses of all sizes.
Your Projects in Instructional Design and Technology
The Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology – Competency-Based program is a learner-paced degree that offers work-relevant, project-based curriculum. You will complete six (6) projects that are each the equivalent of six (6) credits.
Competency Based Education – Equivalent Project-Based Requirements
- Novice Project: Instructional Analysis (IDT 601, IDT 602)
- Developing Project: Instructional Design and Technology (IDT 603, IDT 604)
- Intermediate Project: Instructional Design Research and Project Management (IDT 605, IDT 606)
- Proficient Project: Instructional Development and Evaluation (IDT 607, IDT 608)
- Expert Project: Advanced Instructional Design and Technology (IDT 609, IDT 610)
- Mastery Project: Instructional Design Final Project (IDT 611, IDT 612)