About Our Graduate Programs

The graduate program in the Department of Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) offers instruction and hands-on training on instructional design and evaluation, distance learning, multimedia applications, educational video development, instructional software development, educational technology, computer-based graphics, and technology integration in the classroom and school building level. Students enter careers in a wide variety of corporate, K12 and higher  education schools, and government sectors.

Online and Blended Learning Programs of Study

Online learningWe offer both online and residential course formats for our graduate programs that provide learning and career opportunities that are flexible, affordable, and convenient to a diverse student population.

The M.S. degree is designed to prepare technology specialists; graphic designers; education technologists; trainers in industry and business; and classroom teachers to develop, produce, and evaluate instructional and training materials. The program provides students with knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  1. Distance learning applications in training and education,
  2. Multimedia applications in training and education,
  3. Course work and training program development,
  4. Systematic instructional design and evaluation of instruction and training,
  5. Instructional software development utilization, and
  6. Technology integration in the K-12 classroom and at the K-12 building level

Masters of Science Degree Emphasis Options

The Department of Instructional Design and Technology has two Master of Science degree options: 1) a Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology, and 2) a Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology with a Technology Specialist Emphasis. Post Baccalaureate Certificates in Instructional Design and Technology are also available.

IDT M.S - General Instructional Design and Technology Emphasis

Graduates of the program will enter or continue careers in interactive multimedia, computer-based graphics, and distance learning. Graduates may also use their skills to integrate technology in their classrooms or school and for professional development of educators. The program also serves students interested in pursuing advanced graduate studies in instructional design and related areas. Click here for more information .

IDT M.S. - Technology Specialist Emphasis

This program opens up new or expanded career opportunities to educators, preparing graduates to provide leadership in the use of technology in the classroom and in schools. Graduates will be able to effectively facilitate the integration of technology in their own classrooms for teaching and learning. They may also become technology specialists working with other educators at the building level. Coursework is done online and field experiences can be arranged through the graduate students' school.

Certified teachers who 1) complete the IDT Master's program with a Technology Specialist emphasis OR complete the Technology Specialist Post Baccalaureate Certificate, and 2) pass the required state tests can apply for an Illinois State Board of Education Technology Specialist (Type 10) certification.  Click here for more information .

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs

The department offers certificate programs the following areas:

  • Online and Distance Learning Development (18 semester hours)
  • Educational Technology Specialist (24 semester hours)
  • Instructional Media Development (18 semester hours)
  • Technology Integration in Education (18 semester hours)
  • Workplace Learning and Performance (18 semester hours) 

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