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.
We 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:
- Distance learning applications in training and education,
- Multimedia applications in training and education,
- Course work and training program development,
- Systematic instructional design and evaluation of instruction and training,
- Instructional software development utilization, and
- 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 or Download PDF
The department offers certificate programs the following areas:
- Distance Learning (15 semester hours)
- Educational Technology Specialist (24 semester hours)
- Graphics Applications (15 semester hours)
- Multimedia (15 semester hours)
- Technology Integration in Education (15 semester hours)
- Training Development (15 semester hours)
Please contact Dr. Leaunda Hemphill, IDT Graduate Advisor, for questions about the program or assistance in planning your coursework for either the online or blended graduate programs (LS-Hemphill@wiu.edu or 309-298-1186). She answers questions from prospective students on the IDT graduate program. She also 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 Degree Plan, 4) selecting the appropriate exit option (portfolio, applied project, or thesis), and 5) filling out the Request for Graduate Advising Committee form.
Summer Advising: You can contact Dr. Leaunda Hemphill by email at LS-Hemphill@wiu.edu or set up a meeting or phone conversation with Dr. Hoyet Hemphill, IDT Chair, at 309-298-1952.