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The master of science in instructional design program consists of a planned sequence of 30 credits, including 15 credits of required foundations courses, 9 credits of elective courses, and a 6-credit capstone experience.

Required Foundations Courses (15 credits)

Theoretical Foundations of Education

Course Title Credits
IDN 525 Instructional Design for Digital Environments 3
IDN 526 Cognitive Science and Educational Design 1 3
IDN 527 Cognitive Science and Educational Design 2 3

Design Foundations

Course Title Credits
IDN 528 Designing Digital Environments for Education 1 3
IDN 529 Designing Digital Environments for Education 2 3

Elective Courses (9 credits)
Production, Implementation & Evaluation

Course Title Credits
IDN 530 Web Design for Instruction 3
IDN 531 Design for Interactive Educational Environments 3
IDN 532 Design and Development of Online Learning 3
IDN 533 Producing Educational Video and Digital Training 3
IDN 534 Implementing Digital Media for Learning 3
IDN 535 New Directions in Digital Environments for Learning 3
IDN 536 Independent Study 3

Capstone Experience (6 credits)
May be taken over one semester or two consecutive semesters

Course Title Credits
IDN 540 Thesis/Portfolio 6

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Specializations within the Instructional Design Program

The program is specifically designed to allow students the flexibility to pursue coursework that best matches their own objectives and career goals. A range of elective courses allows students to focus on interests such as design and development of online learning, technology in the K-12 classroom, or designing digital media for business or nonprofit environments, including museums, afterschool programs, or publishers of educational material. Faculty members in the program are also available to guide students in customizing their programs.

Courses and curriculum requirements are subject to change.

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