Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology

Kaplan University’s Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology focuses on the design, development, and evaluation of instructional programs, materials, and media in corporate and military environments. Our program is designed to help you develop skills you can use to create new curricula to meet the demands of a changing society and the needs of new generations of students. Whether you are interested in pursuing a new career or a higher-level position, a master’s degree from Kaplan University could help you keep up with the advancing instructional technology field.* 

At this time, residents of Kentucky may not enroll in the online Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology program.

Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology Program Highlights

The program’s core courses teach design and development skills in the areas of technology, pedagogy, and management principles and practices. In addition, you can choose to further focus your studies in public and private learning environments and corporate and military contexts. Faculty members who are practicing professionals in the field will guide you as you:

  • Design, develop, and implement instructional materials and solutions that both integrate learning technology and align with learning outcomes.
  • Analyze learning contexts to develop appropriate, workable instructional solutions.
  • Plan, manage, lead, and evaluate instructional design and technology projects and programs.
  • Apply current research and theory to the practice of instructional design and learning technology integration. 

This program covers a range of education and training from corporate to government environments. Our graduates have the potential to seek careers in all types of environments that hire instructional designers, curriculum specialists, or instructional technologists.

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Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology Concentration

In addition to the core courses, you can choose the adults concentration area. You'll have the opportunity to review design and development models, technology, pedagogy, and management principles and practices used in instructional design in corporations, the military, and nonprofit training environments.

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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

What are the Career Opportunities?

The program is designed to help you develop practical competencies in instructional technology design and tools, pedagogy, and management that could apply to a wide variety of careers in educational institutions and corporate, nonprofit, government, and military organizations including: instructional designer, curriculum developer or coordinator, trainer, learning and development specialist or manager, project manager, or instructional technology specialist.

How Do I Get Started?

Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.

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Nov

Online Start Date

November 23, 2016

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Jan

Online Start Date

January 11, 2017

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Mar

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March 01, 2017

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Apr

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April 12, 2017

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May

Online Start Date

May 31, 2017

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July 12, 2017

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August 30, 2017

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Online Start Date

October 11, 2017

Curriculum: Adults Track

  • Core

    Total Core Credits: 25

    Total Program Credits: 50

    • IX 500: FOUNDATIONS OF INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY Change

      This course focuses on the field of instructional technology, placing the field within the context of its history, current practices, and future directions. It provides the conceptual framework for other courses within the degree program.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • IX 510: INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN Change

      This course presents the philosophical and theoretical foundation of instructional design. Students explore instructional design process models com­monly used by practitioners. They will apply the stages of a process model to create design documents in the education and training contexts. The model will address instructional analysis, assessing learning from instruction, media characteristics and selection, managing instruction, formative and summative evaluation, and the motivational design of instruction.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • IX 520: NEEDS ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION IN EDUCATION AND TRAINING Change

      This course presents the knowledge and skills necessary to identify training and/or instructional problems and potential solutions. You will explore the advantages and disadvantages of multiple techniques for performing a needs assessment. You will develop skills and collect resources related to the selection and use of analysis methods. You will conduct a needs analysis and submit a report in an education or training context. You will also consider evaluation taxonomies and models, tools, and techniques, and develop an evaluation strategy for an instructional program.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • IX 540: RESEARCH METHODS FOR EDUCATION AND INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY Change

      This course presents an in-depth overview of typical quantitative research methods used in educational research. Students will prepare an educational research proposal including a problem statement, research question(s) and hypotheses, a preliminary literature review, and a quantitative research design. The course examines procedures associated with quantitative research as well as the ethical standards involved in the protection of human subjects in educational research. Practical limitations of quantitative designs will be discussed as well as possible methodologies to overcome those limitations.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • IX 550: PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION IN EDUCATION AND TRAINING Change

      This course presents approaches to project management for education and training projects. You will explore concepts of project management and leadership, tools, procedures, and methodologies. You will focus on creating, monitoring, and reporting project plans from the proposal to the implementation stages. You will consider project constraints including time, cost, resource allocation, and scope. Concepts of change management are also explored and applied to implementation strategies used in education and training environments.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

  • Electives

    Total Electives Credits: 25

    Total Program Credits: 50

Curriculum: Concentration

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  • Adults Concentration

    Total Adults Concentration Credits: 25

    Total Program Credits: 50

    • HE 521: TEACHING ADULT LEARNERS Change

      This course provides you with the information necessary to comprehend, assess, and evaluate the foundational aspects of andragogy, which includes historical influences, theories and models, contemporary and international perspectives, the use of technology, teaching in a variety of higher education settings, and the development of and reflections on teaching and learning in adulthood.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Concentration courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    • IX 535: DEVELOPING INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS Change

      This course provides the knowledge and skills required to develop instructional materials for an instructor-led training scenario as approved by the instructor. This training scenario will provide the context and focus for the materials. Each student will create a series of print-based instructional ma­terials for this scenario considering best practices and design and development guidelines.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Concentration courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    • IX 536: DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT TOOLS Change

      In this application-based course, you will discuss trends and issues of eLearning content development and explore similarities and differences among eLearning authoring tools and methods. You will learn how to develop original content with a variety of authoring tools and software applications and to repurpose existing material with reusable learning objects (RLOs) and content repositories. Interface layout standards, accessibility and SCORM compliance, and collaborative environments are explored. You will consider technical and development requirements for eLearning delivered through multiple learning channels including online and mobile platforms. You will also create a design document and instructional module in this course.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Concentration courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    • IX 542: MULTIMEDIA DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION Change

      This course provides an introduction to digital media production. Students will acquire fundamental knowledge and skills in designing and producing digital media. Students will evaluate appropriate uses of digital media. The course introduces the tools of digital video production and sharing as students create online instructional materials using digital media.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Concentration courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    • IX 564: DESIGN OF LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS Change

      This course presents activities related to the design of a learning application. Students explore advantages and disadvantages of multiple learning environments and content delivery technologies. They will develop a plan for an individualized learning project that includes a template for design of a specific environment. Course topics include education and communication theory, course and content delivery methods, asynchronous and synchronous technologies, multimedia design, usability testing, and integration of multime­dia objects within instructional programs and systems.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Concentration courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

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