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Instructional Design and Technology (MS)

Our nationally ranked master's degree in Instructional Design and Technology features a hands-on, project-based approach to prepare high-quality students for leadership roles in challenging - and rewarding - careers in this ever-growing field.

Degrees & Offerings
  • M.S.
Format Option(s)
  • Hybrid (Online + In Person)
  • Online
Department
College
Program Contact
MSIDT Program Coordinator; Assistant Professor
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Instructional Design and Technology is a diverse field with opportunities for individuals in a variety of eclectic roles all centered on the process of creating web-based instruction. The need for instructional technologists is great. The growing amount of information created every year and the need for more and more learning drive the need for instructional technologists as does the constant changing field of technology.

Our program integrates interactive technologies into educational and corporate learning environments as our students work individually and in teams to design and produce computer-based instruction founded on sound learning and instructional theories. The program requires 33 credits and can be completed in as little as 18 months, offered online or on-campus.

Instructional technology can involve the study of the use of the following types of media:

  • Games and Simulations
  • Web 2.0 Technologies
  • Virtual Worlds
  • Audio and Video-based instruction
  • Web-based courses and Classes
  • Evaluation of Online Instructional Efforts
  • Mobile Learning

Program Options

Concentrations

  • Learning Experience Designer: For those wishing to enter a career in the training and development sector of business, industry, non-profits or government.
  • Instructional Technology Specialist: For professionals charged with integrating interactive technologies into educational teaching environments.

Certifications

Students do not need to be a computer programmer or a computer expert to be an instructional technologist since many of the tools are as easy to use as Microsoft Word or Google products. What you do need is a desire to help others learn and an interest in innovative and creative endeavors.

Admission Requirements

An individual with a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college, who earned an undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.8 on a 4.0 scale, may apply for admission to the MSIDT program. Admission requirements include:

  • A completed application form for graduate studies at Bloomsburg University
  • $30 application fee paid in full
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A one to two-page essay describing the applicant's interest in instructional technology

International applicants must complete a separate application form for the Office of Graduate Studies and Research and must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 570 on the TOEFL is required for admission to the program.

An individual may begin taking courses in the MSIDT program on a part-time basis prior to admission, but completion of such courses does not guarantee admission.

Graduation Requirements

Persons who hold a bachelor's degree in any discipline from an accredited college or university may become degree candidates and proceed to the master's degree by completing a minimum of 33 – 36 semester hours of coursework concluding in either an internship or master's thesis. All courses are 3 semester hours unless otherwise indicated.

Courses and Curriculum

Required Courses (18 hours)    
INSTTECH.550 Instructional Design
INSTTECH.551 Advanced ID
INSTTECH.560 Multimedia Productions
INSTTECH.570 Introduction to Website Development
INSTTECH.572 Introduction to Authoring
INSTTECH.575 Managing Multimedia Projects

Required Capstone Courses (One of the following 2 courses - 3-6 credits)
INSTTECH.590 Internship
INSTTECH.599 Thesis
Internship requires a completed Affiliation Agreement prior to the start of the Internship

Electives (four of the following)
INSTTECH.528 Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Realities
INSTTECH.530 Foundations of Visual Design for Learning
INSTTECH.535 Instructional Applications of Robotics
INSTTECH.540 Tech Planning Across the Curriculum
INSTTECH.542 Tech Applications for the Classroom
INSTTECH.546 Research in Instructional Technology (required for Thesis option)
INSTTECH.548 Learning Analytics
INSTTECH.553 Gamification of Learning and InstructionINSTTECH.555 Scenario-Based Learning
INSTTECH.556 Applying Theories of Learning to Interactive Technologies
INSTTECH.562 Digital Imagery
INSTTECH.565 Leading Co-Located and Virtual Teams
INSTTECH.574 Advanced Authoring for Networks
INSTTECH.576 Advanced Authoring for Mobile Devices
INSTTECH.577 Advanced Authoring
INSTTECH.578 Advanced Authoring for Game Development
INSTTECH.579 Instructional Game Design
INSTTECH.580 Instructional Applications for the Internet
INSTTECH.581 Special Topics
INSTTECH.583 Social Media for eLearning
INSTTECH.584 Online Course Design
INSTTECH.585 eLearning Concepts and Techniques
INSTTECH.586 Blended eLearning
INSTTECH.587 Evaluating eLearning
INSTTECH.588 Learning Management System Administration
INSTTECH.598 General Transfer Course for Instructional Technology
Approved course from another department

Total Credits: 33 with internship option or 36 with thesis option     

Course Catalog

Required Courses (21 semester hours):
INSTTECH.540 Technology Planning Across the Curriculum
INSTTECH.542 Technology Applications for the Classroom
INSTTECH.546 Research in Instructional Technology
INSTTECH.550 Instructional Design
INSTTECH.551 Advanced Instructional Design
INSTTECH.560 Multimedia Productions
INSTTECH.570 Introduction to Website Development

Required Capstone Courses (One of the following 2 courses - 3-6 credits)
INSTTECH.590 Internship
INSTTECH.599 Thesis
Internship requires a completed Affiliation Agreement prior to the start of the Internship

Required eCourse (one of the 4 courses listed below – 3 credits)
INSTTECH.583 Social Media for eLearning
INSTTECH.584 Online Course Design
INSTTECH.585 eLearning Concepts
INSTTECH.586 Blended eLearning

Electives (select two of the courses listed below - 6 hours)
Note: If a course is taken as a required course it may not be counted as an elective.

INSTTECH.535 Instructional Applications of Robotics
INSTTECH.548 Learning Analytics
INSTTECH.553 Gamification of Learn and Instruction
INSTTECH.555 Scenario-Based Learning
INSTTECH.556 Applying Theories of Learning to Interactive Technologies
INSTTECH.562 Digital Imagery
INSTTECH.565 Leading Co-Located and Virtual Teams
INSTTECH.572 Introduction to Authoring
INSTTECH.574 Advanced Authoring for Networks
INSTTECH.575 Managing Multimedia Projects
INSTTECH.576 Advanced Authoring for Mobile Devices
INSTTECH.577 Advanced Authoring
INSTTECH.578 Advanced Authoring for Game Development
INSTTECH.579 Instructional Game Development
INSTTECH.580 Instructional Applications for the Internet
INSTTECH.581 Special Topics
INSTTECH.583 Social Media for eLearning
INSTTECH.584 Online Course Design
INSTTECH.585 eLearning Concepts and Techniques
INSTTECH.586 Blended eLearning
INSTTECH.587 Evaluating Blended and eLearning Initiatives
INSTTECH.588 Learning Management System Administration
INSTTECH.598 General Transfer Course for Instructional Technology
Approved course from another department

Total Credits: 33 with internship option or 36 with thesis option
 

Course Catalog

The Husky Difference

#2
In the U.S.
College Affordability Guide has ranked our MSIDT program second in the nation.
$113K
Median Salary
Training and development Managers with a master's degree, according to Emsi
9%
Job Growth
Projected nationally for training and development specialists through 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Careers

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the field of instructional design and technology to continue its rapid job growth as a result of the shift to online learning - in both educational and corporate settings.

Potential Job Opportunities

  • Instructional Designer
  • Experience Designer
  • Learning Engineer
  • Curriculum Developer
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Educational Technology Specialist
  • Distance Learning Specialist
  • Instructional Technologist
  • eLearning Specialist
  • Training and Development Specialist

Top Skills Employers are Looking For

  • Write, Think, Innovate, Communicate
  • Analysis
  • Teamwork
  • Creativity
  • Problem-solving

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