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The MS in Instructional Design and Technology provides students with foundational knowledge about how people learn plus the skills they need to be able to design and assess curricula across a variety of instructional settings. The program delivers the perfect balance of leadership, problem-solving skills, academic theory, and hands-on experience students need to excel. Students gain the knowledge, skills, and experience they will need to enter or advance in the instructional design field in the corporate, education, or nonprofit sectors.
The MS in Instructional Design and Technology courses are aligned with the standards of the Association for Education Communications and Technology (AECT). These standards are critical indicators of quality in instruction through technology, and their inclusion reflects the integrity of the Walden University learning experience, as well as its relevancy in professional and educational settings.
At the end of this program, educator professionals will be able to:
- Design and implement conditions for learning by applying principles, theories, and research associated with instructional systems design, message design, instructional strategies, and learner characteristics.
- Develop instructional materials and experiences by applying principles, theories, and research related to print, audiovisual, computer-based, and integrated technologies.
- Use processes and resources for learning by applying principles, theories, and research related to media utilization, diffusion, implementations, and policy making.
- Plan, organize, coordinate, and supervise instructional technology by applying principles, theories, and research related to project, resource, delivery system, and information management.
- Evaluate the adequacy of instruction and learning by applying principles, theories, and research related to problem analysis, criterion references measurement, formative and summative evaluation, and long-range planning.
- Demonstrate the ability to facilitate equitable access to instructional materials for all learners.
- Demonstrate the ability to apply common technology tools to create innovative learning solutions and materials.
- 30 total semester credits for General program (including 21 credits completed at Walden); 36 sem. cr. for specializations
- Core courses (27 sem. cr.)
- Optional specialization courses (6 sem. cr.)
- Capstone course (3 sem. cr.)
Core Courses (27 sem. cr.)
Specialization Courses (6 sem. cr.)
These courses are dependent upon the particular specialization. Please see the course list on each specialization page.
Capstone Course (3 sem. cr.)
Additional Technology Requirements
Note: In addition to Walden’s general technical requirements, this program has additional technology requirements:
- Windows Vista or Mac OS X
- Free, downloadable software programs that may be required in order to complete the course and program requirements
Note on Licensure
For initial licensure or adding endorsements (e.g., new teaching fields) to existing licenses, individuals are often required to complete a state-approved licensure program. Walden offers Minnesota state-approved licensure programs in special education, early childhood education, and P–12 principal licensure.
Additionally, not all of Walden’s programs include a practicum or cover the grade span of K–12, which are requirements for obtaining an endorsement in some states, especially in the area of reading.
The graduate degree program and coursework within the program in which you are enrolling is accepted by many states toward upgrading or renewing a license or obtaining a salary increase (depending on state or district policy).
Prospective students seeking licensure must research their state licensure requirements to determine (1) if they are required to complete a state-approved licensure program, and (2) if there are any other requirements that apply, especially requirements pertaining to programs provided by out-of-state (except Minnesota) or online institutions.
Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on licensure issues; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state licensure requirements. Walden makes no representation or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure or endorsement. For additional guidance on licensure issues, please refer to www.WaldenU.edu/educlicensure.
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