Instructional Design & Technology - M.S.

The Instructional Design & Technology master's degree program blends a solid foundation in learning theory with a thorough understanding of digital learning experience design and innovation. Common threads of human centered design research, assessment, technology, and adult learning theory are evident throughout the core coursework.

Graduates of this program are well-positioned to pursue a variety of careers, including instructional technologist, instructional designer, curriculum and assessment director, curriculum designer, instructional coordinator, training specialist, business development manager, learning systems manager, and instructional content designer.

In today’s world, there is a high demand for individuals who can develop and design innovative learning experiences for business and higher education alike. The factors driving this demand are varied and numerous; they include ongoing advances in technology, global accessibility to digitized information, shifting learner expectations due to changing demographics, and the need for organizations to upgrade the expertise of their own workforces. These new organizational realities require individuals with strong instructional design skills who can leverage technology to create effective and impactful learning experiences.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for those with these skills and proficiencies will increase by 10 percent over the next decade. The Instructional Design and Technology master's degree program at JWU blends a solid foundation in learning theory with a thorough understanding of current technologies and design principles. In this program, students learn various instructional approaches necessary for successful adult educational experiences. 

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Use andragogical principles/theories, relevant research, evidence-based science and best practices to design engaging learning experiences.
  • Analyze and apply project management methodology to the effective implementation of learning experiences.
  • Integrate appropriate technologies in instructional design projects in order to enhance student learning and motivation.
  • Align learning experiences to desired outcomes and create assessment strategies to evaluate learning.
  • Use advanced software to design instructional materials that meet the needs of diverse learners, incorporating Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

Instructional Design & Technology

Master of Science 

Core Courses
EDUC5145Theoretical Foundations of Learning, Design, and Technology3
EDUC5445Strategic Assessment and Evaluation3
IDT5100Principles of Instructional Design3
IDT5300Digital Tools for Learner-Centered Environments3
IDT6300Project Management for Learning and Development3
IDT6600Emerging Trends in Multimedia3
IDT6910Instructional Design and Technology Capstone I3
IDT6920Instructional Design and Technology Capstone II3
MGMT6150Coaching and Consultation Skills3
MGMT6225Team Dynamics3
Total Credits30.0