IDT Current Graduate Students

"The graduate program in the Department of Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) offers two emphasis areas: General Instructional Design and Technology Emphasis or the Technology Specialist Emphasis.

IDT Graduate Courses
The IDT curriculum contains a basic core of courses that provides a strong foundation for the variety of directed elective courses in the three major study options.  Internship and independent studies provide valuable work experience and opportunities to explore some of the careers open to graduates. A capstone portfolio showcases your professional work from your IDT courses. Course descriptions can be viewed here.

Program Planning and Course Sequence
Steps to planning your program are listed here.

Course Registration and Schedules
Course registration and current class schedules are available online via STARS.  

Typical IDT Course Rotation List

Capstone Exit Options
Each MS degree candidate must select and complete one of the three capstone exit option
projects: portfolio, applied project, or thesis. 

Option One: Portfolio A portfolio is comprised of one or more items that showcase the
knowledge and skills learned by the student in the IDT program. Students interested in
this option are often interested in production-oriented careers and wish to create a
professional-quality portfolio to feature their accomplishments. Items for the portfolio
must demonstrate skills learned in at least four courses in the program. Students
choosing the portfolio must sign up for IDT 603 and complete 35 hours of coursework.
Please see the “
IDT Graduate Portfolio Requirements” for more information. 

Option Two: Applied Project. An applied project often involves the development of an
instructional unit or product, testing it with a group of learners or other relevant population,
and performing formative and summative evaluation of it. The applied project can also focus
on applied research, in which it focuses on solving or investigating a site-specific problem; or on an applied evaluation project in which it focuses on evaluating a large-scale program (school-based, industry-based, or software-based) in order to make a judgment about its merit. Students choosing an applied project must complete 29 hours of coursework, plus the 3-hour applied project (IDT 600).  Please see the " IDT Applied Project Guidelines " for more information.

Option 3: Thesis.  A thesis is an experimental or qualitative research study. Students wishing to continue their education in an EdD or PhD program should choose this option. It is recommended that the student confer with the anticipated degree program regarding its expectations about the nature of the thesis (e.g., quantitative or qualitative research methodology). Students choosing a thesis must complete 29 hours of coursework, plus the 3-hour thesis (IDT 605). Please see the " IDT Thesis Guidelines " for more information.

Independent Study (IDT 591)
An independent study may be selected if the student has specialized interests not addressed by regular courses or to explore topics leading to your final project.  A student may register for 1, 2, 3, or four semester credit hours.  Up to six hours can count towards your degree.

A student must have completed at least 15 hours of IDT coursework (including IDT 500, IDT 505, and IDT 510). Student must submit an Independent Study Form to the department prior to enrolling in IDT 591.  The student needs to contact and gain permission for an IDT faculty member to be the supervising faculty for the independent study. Consultation with the supervising faculty is also required in order to assure that the proper details and specific plans and end products are included on the form. The form must be signed by the supervising faculty member before submission to the department chair for final approval.

Internship (IDT 620)
The IDT 620 Internship
is available to graduate students who have completed at least 15 hours of IDT course work and wish to gain practical experience with a company, school district, or other institution involved with instructional technology.  See
IDT 620 Internship Guidelines for detailed information and requirements, and go to the Documents and Forms section of the IDT website ( for all IDT 620 Internship Forms.

Incomplete Coursework
The determination of a grade awarded to a student is the sole responsibility of each instructor. The grade assigned is based upon such elements as timely completion of assignments, contributions to class discussions, performance on examinations, quality of oral and written reports, or technology-based products, and the quality and appropriateness of the student’s overall performance. The grade awarded is subject to the Grade Appeal Policy of the School of Graduate Studies.

It is the department policy that an incomplete grade ("I") may only be assigned when warranted by special or unusual circumstances beyond the control of the student, as long as it is consistent with the "incomplete" policy stated on the course syllabus. If the instructor approves the "I," then the student must complete a contract with the sponsoring faculty member to complete the work by an agreed-upon date.  All incomplete coursework appearing on a student’s degree plan must be completed before a student can commence the final project for graduation or participate in an internship.

Course Revalidation
The School of Graduate Studies requires that courses older than six years must be revalidated or removed from the graduate plan. Students must contact the faculty member who taught the course or the IDT Graduate Advisor.
Course revalidation is accomplished when the course’s faculty member reviews the student’s work history and professional experiences to determine the best method for validation. This may include a competency examination, portfolio development, additional course work, etc. When revalidation is successfully completed, the evaluator will write a letter to the IDT Department recommending revalidation approval. The department will act on the request and so inform the School of Graduate Studies.

Graduate Advisor
Contact Dr. Leaunda Hemphill, IDT Graduate Advisor, for assistance in planning your coursework for either the online or blended graduate programs. She 
answers questions from prospective students on the IDT graduate program, and she counsels current students on the following items: 1) selecting graduate-level courses, 2) petitioning to transfer appropriate graduate coursework completed at other institutions or departments, 3) formulating and submitting a Graduate Study Plan, 4) selecting the appropriate exit option (portfolio, applied project, or thesis), and 5) filling out the Request for Graduate Advising Committee form. 

You can contact Dr. Hemphill by email (
or phone (309-298-1186).