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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 Teacher Licensure or Certification
This program does not lead to teacher licensure or certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.
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